Movida Aqui, Melbourne
I have wanted to go to Movida for a while now. Last time we went to Melbourne we couldn’t get a reservation as they were fully booked. This time round, we were hoping to try our luck and luck was on our side! I didn’t expect to get a table easily – rocked up, asked for a table for four and got a table outside – perfect!
Movida Aqui is the sister restaurant of Movida, which was open in 2003. They now have four different restaurants, Movida, Movida Next Door, Movida Aqui and Movida Terraza.
The menu is broken up into small plates, grilled, cold meats, rich dishes and many more. Thought we would share a couple of things, as tapas should be!
We started with complimentary bread and olive oil.
The anchoa ($4.50 each) – hand filleted Cantabrian Artisan anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet. It was a little salty for me, but I know ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed it. He said ‘the sorbet took away the saltiness of the anchovy’.
Sardines in olive oil with toast ($9.50) was absolutely lovely. The sardines weren’t fishy or oily, and the thin crunchy toast really gave it a nice crunch.
One of my favourites – bomba ($4.50 each) – Catalan potato bomb filled with chorizo were amazing. Perfectly round potatoes with spicy chunks of chorizo with crispy exterior. We loved it so much, we ordered another serving, this time though ONE each, none of this HALF or sharing thing!
Pulpo ($23.50) – chargrilled octopus with avocado and spanner crab salad was excellent. The octopus was tender and succulent and the avocado puree was a wonderful complement.
We wanted to order the pork belly but unfortunately they ran out! *sigh*, so we ordered the next pork dish, Butifarra ($19.50) – house made Catalan pork and pepper sausage with chickpeas and house made morcilla. The sausages I thought were a little salty, it was tender and the right amount of fattiness. The chickpeas were a wonderful compliment.
Carillera de Buey ($22.50) – slowly braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree was to die for! Melt-in-your mouth tender, the beef cheeks were rich in flavour but it was nicely complemented by the smooth cauliflower puree. A winner dish!
We were quite full but there’s always room for dessert right? So we shared two desserts between the four of us. The flan ($14.50) – crème caramel served with pestinos. The crème caramel was super wobbly and the texture incredibly soft. Served with pestinos which are biscuits that contains fennel seeds and coated with sugar crystals were delightful!
Churros con chocolate ($12.50) – Spanish doughnuts with rich drinking chocolate was excellent. Probably the best churros I have had ever! The texture of the churros were light, fluffy and incredible, the chocolate was bittersweet and complemented the sweet sugary churros. One churros each was definitely not enough!
It was definitely a wonderful meal and exceeded expectation! We really wanted the pork belly, there will definitely be a next time! The winner for me would have to be the bomba, the octopus and the churros! Yum! I’m also keen to try Movida – next time!
It was an extremely busy evening, and service was still very friendly and warm. Our waitress was great and recommended a couple of our dishes which we all loved!
Will definitely be back!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
500 Bourke St Level 1
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Ph: +61 3 9663 3038