I’m in Melbourne with a friend for a girls weekend away and she’s let me chose where we eat. We decide we’d like to dine at MoVida Bar de Tapas in graffiti rich Hosier Lane for our first night. It’s one of their 6 restaurants. They’re fully booked but we could come early to try and snag a bar seat. So we arrive around 6pm and the bar is full. As we’re about to leave we’re offered a table if we could guarantee to be finished by 8pm. No problem as we have theatre tickets for 8pm!
The menu consists of Tapa (single serve canapé) and Raciones (plates to share with 2 of more or larger meal for 1). Our waiter advises us how many Tapa and Raciones to order and explains the days specials. So we choose 3 Tapa and 2 Raciones between us and our waiter brings us a plate of breads to share.
The first Tapa to arrive is the Pescado Ahumado ($6), house cold smoked Yellowtail Kingfish with pine nut gazpacho sorbet. It looks way too good and delicate to eat!
Then a Tapa daily special arrives, Fig with Pancetta and Blue Cheese. The bacon is crisp and the blue cheese warmed enough to be soft and sticky. There’s lots of hmmm’s and aaah’s from my friend, I think it’s fair to say it was pretty noshlicious.
Next our last tapa is served, Pollo Escabache al Miguel (4.50). It’s spiced chicken escabache on a crisp crouton. The crouton is wafer thin and crisp and the shredded chicken is soft and flavoursome and is mixed in a creamy dressing.
Then our Raciones arrive. We had ordered the Pork Belly Special of the Day. This large slab of pork belly arrives with crispy crackling on top and ribbons of melt in your mouth fat and meat evident. It is served on top of a bed of lentils in a tangy dressing. This is most definitely my favourite dish of the night and one of the best pork bellies I’ve ever eaten.
We’re not sure our last Racione can live up to the standard of the pork belly we’ve just eaten but when it arrives it looks rich and delicious. Carrillera de Buey ($23.50) is slowly braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree. The beef just falls apart when you touch it thanks to being slowly braised. The sticky sweetness due to the Pedro Ximenez makes it very moreish. The cauliflower puree is so light and airy like a whipped cream consistency. The flavour is subtle but effective. My friend thinks this is most definitely the best meal but then ponders back over the tapas we’ve eaten and says it’s all so good it’s hard to choose!
We decide we have a little room to fit in some dessert so we choose to share Churros ($11), spanish doughnuts with rich drinking chocolate. The Churros were freshly made, hot and sprinkled with sugar. The chocolate is thick, rich and velvety. It’s not overly sweet which is good as there’s sugar over the doughnuts. We also ordered a special from the dessert blackboard, Almond Parfait ($3.50) tiny bite size cylinders of almond icecream. Size was deceptive. They were rich with their smooth texture intermittently broken with small pieces of almond
MoVida is all about the taste sensations. The superb service from staff and noshlicious food has me still salivating when thinking of our meal. I highly recommend booking a table; do it soon, you wont be disappointed!
MoVida Bar de Tapas
1 Hosier Lane
(03) 9663 3038