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Movida Sydney, Surry Hills

An impromptu work trip led me back to Sydney, I wasn’t really excited as first as I had only left 3 – 4 months ago but then I thought about catching up with friends and eating at some great restaurants including Movida and suddenly became excited! I admit, I love being in Hong Kong but I have missed my friends (you know who you are!) and I have missed the café scene as it is pretty much non-existent in Hong Kong! As always, I had a list of places to go, and although I have been to Movida and Movida Aqui in Melbourne, I was keen to try the Movida in Sydney! Menu was the pretty much the same, ‘The Mother’ and I tried not to order anything that we had before and I don’t think we did!

Movida Sydney is located on Holt Street, where Cotton Duck used to be – I dined there once, it was good but nothing special I thought and even though I was sad to see it close, I am glad that Movida has taken the place over! Thankfully they take bookings, so we made reservations for lunch, but it wasn’t too busy which was good.

We started with some sour dough bread – fresh and delicious – god how I have missed GOOD fresh bread!

We started with Sardinilla – house cured WA baby sardines, set in a Gazpacho jelly and served with a heirloom tomato salad ($16.50) which was on the daily menu special. ‘The Mother’ LOVES sardines so this was a must get. The sardines were fresh and not slimy and the heirloom tomatoes I LOVED! It was refreshing light and deliciously tasty!

‘The Mother’ wanted the grilled chorizo and pardon sandwich ($7 each) – he didn’t offer any to me but said it was ‘excellent’.

I couldn’t go past the quail terrine ($7 each) which was served with mash potatoes.

We both couldn’t go past Pancetta ($25) – oven roasted pork belly with quince ali oli and spiced carrot salad. OMG was my first reaction; it was definitely a generous serving. The pork meat was so tender that I didn’t even need a knife to cut through it (I was feeding Dragon and only had one hand!) The pork crackle – OMG! Crispy, thin and absolutely awesome – I would have loved more crackle!

The zucchini flowers with calamari were not what I expected. I guess in my mind, I had thought it was zucchini flowers STUFFED with calamari! Nevertheless, it was still good, and the calamari was incredibly tender.

Last but not least – I was getting full by this stage – patatas bravas con mojo ($16) – smoked potato bravas with faux bacon dust, served with Mojo pico. The potatoes were soft with a crispy layer and I loved the mojo pico.

Unfortunately we didn’t get any dessert, I was craving the lamington panna cotta from Flour and Stone and no doubt we went and I bought the last four lamingtons! Cravings satisfied and I still believe that it is the BEST lamington in Sydney!

Back to Movida – service was fantastic and food was as good as Melbourne.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Movida Sydney

50 Holt Street

Surry Hills 2010

Ph: +61 2 8964 7642

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  1. chocolatesuze
    November 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

    mmm i love sardines but zomg that Pancetta looks incredible!

  2. November 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Look at you sneaking back into Sydney! I can’t wait to go to Movida in Sydney…I feel more excited about it than the Melbourne one which is weird I know.

  3. November 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    LOOKS AMAZING! I really can’t wait to eat here!

  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme
    November 26, 2012 at 12:56 am

    So glad you were able to make it to movida. Haha and finally, you tried the pannacotta lamington. I think it’s everybody’s favourite 😉

    • November 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      hey tina, ya i have been to the one in melbourne but was keen to go to the one in Sydney and i love the pannacotta – brought back a few first time i went to hk!

  5. November 27, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Wow! Perfect choice when you’re doing a Sydney fly by 😀

  6. November 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Interesting how the Sydney Movida foods are quite different to the Melbourne outlets! I never posted that album but may be I should now – just for cross referencing! Seems like every one of their shops served different food :S

    • November 28, 2012 at 10:31 am

      i think menu is similar – very similar, i made sure that i didnt order the same thing!

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