A Wobbly Walk Down Memory Lane – Movida


Movida Restaurant

Dark cobblestone lane. Checked. 2 months waiting list. Checked. Featured on The Age Guide Food Guide. Checked. Welcome to Melbourne’s epitome dining scene. With all the ticked boxes, Movida Restaurant befits this accolade more than any other restaurant. For those who hasn’t quite ‘made it’  (more impatient to wait I take), there’s always Movida Next Door with its literal meaning and the newly opened Movida Aqui.

As with anything in life, the longer we need to wait,the higher the expectation will be. It’s a simple equation. Length of wait = Level of expectation. Needless to say,with 2 months wait, our expectations were sky high. Is Movida worth the 2 month waiting list? Well,you just have to read on..

Despite our better judgement, we booked it at the next available date- the night after the Melbourne Cup. I smelled trouble. Hungover and extremely exhausted,we dragged ourselves there after work. That just showed our commitment to food. So,to be fair, I may have to say my perception of the night might not be soberly accurate.

Croqueta- Fried silky croquette flavoured with jamon and egg

What I love most of Spanish cuisine is the tapas. You can pick and choose what you fancy.The chances at least one of them please your taste bud are high.Variety is the key. We’ve decided on few small tapas which usually come in single piece and two raciones which come in bigger serve. First up, croqueta .It’s crispy on the outside and soft in the inside .

Pollo Escabache al Miguel- Spiced chicken escabache tapa on crispy crouton

This is an interesting one. I enjoyed the different texture of the crunchy crisp crouton with the creamy spiced chicken escabache.

Lamb cutlets

I remembered being slightly disappointed with this dish (Could it be a mere coincidence it’s no longer on the menu?). The lamb was not as tender as how I would like to be and the flavour didn’t shine through.

Anchoa- Hand-filled Cantabrian artisan anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet

This tapas would probably be one my favourites for the night. It was artistically presented with the artisan anchovy lying flat on the crispy crouton topped with a carefully spooned smoked tomato sorbet. The garnishing of chopped parsley completed the picture. A small dish packed with flavours and texture.The different texture of crispy crouton and soft tomato sorbet and flavours of salty anchovy complemented with the sweet sour tomato sorbet made this a winning dish.

Carrillera de Buey - Slowly braised beef cheeks in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree

The menu looked interesting so we gave it a shot. Never eaten beef cheek before, I was amazed how tender it was. The meat just break at the touch of a spoon. Soak up the flavour of  sweet dark sherry of Pedro Ximenez on a creamy cauliflower puree as you bite into the melt-in-your-mouth braised beef. Yuumm…

Cecina - air-cured thin slices of waygu beef with with truffle foam and a poached egg

Last but not least, the winning dish of the Good Food Guide in 2007– cecina.I must remind you again, my taste buds were still ‘hungover’ from the day before so my judgement may not be totally accurate ( What a shame! ). Visually speaking, as a person who places a high value of aesthetic, the dish did not look too inviting to me. So, it must comes down to the taste then. There’s an art to eat this dish. Break the poached egg into mesh of yellow and white and combine them with the subtle yet strongly flavoured truffle foam and finally eat them with the melt-in-your mouth cured waygu beef. What can I say? It’s different (What an anticlimax!). On a hindsight, I would have appreciated it better with a sober disposition. Nevertheless, I’m glad to say that I’ve tried it. I must confess to you readers.

Memories of Movida is indeed a memory lane down my life in Melbourne. And, that’s years ago when I first set my life here. So,is it worth the two months wait? Personally,perhaps not. I would given it a 1 month wait worth. Having said that, Movida is one of the few restaurants that is so characteristically Melburnian. If only we don’t have to wait THAT long.. Oh well, as I’ve said, there’s always Movida Next Door..

MoVida Bar de Tapas

http://www.movida.com.au/

03 9663 3038

1 Hosier Ln
Melbourne, VIC 3000
CBD


Open: Mon-Sunday for breakfast,lunch & dinner & late

Price: $$$( $25-35 per meal)

Cuisine: Spanish,Tapas, Mediterranean

Description: Restaurant,Late night dining

Ambience: 8.5

Service: 8.0

Food: 8.5

Value: 8.0

My Rating: 8.25

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