Spanish Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia: Movida

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Movida HeartHeart
Restaurants and bars
Melbourne
Open: Lunch and dinner daily
Price: Moderate
Score (/20): 14.5

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +61 3 9663 3038
Address: 1 Hosier Lane
Melbourne, Victoria
Country: Australia
Food Style: Spanish

Movida is our favourite tapas bar in Australia. It is a very professionally run establishment taking the food and wine very seriously but managing to maintain a relaxed, fun atmosphere. We regard it in the same league as the wonderful Harvest Vine in Seattle which serves some of the best Spanish food we have found outside Spain.
Hidden away in a lane opposite the imposing Federation Square complex, this small bar and restaurant is an ideal place to while away a few hours sipping on some great wines and indulging in some smart food.
The menu is replete with tapas and racion (small share plates) offerings such as fried croquettes of smoked eel, aged Manchego cheese topped with quince paste, skewers of lamb sweetbreads, black pudding and chorizo, tortilla, rabbit meatballs braised with calamari or the lovely pan seared cuttlefish served with chickpeas.
The wine list is also impressive with wines from some of our favourite producers showing up. For example there were three rose wines on the list on our last visit: the Artazuri Garnacha from the Navarra region of Spain, the Stoney Vineyard from Tasmania's Coal Valley and the Vinea Marson from Heathcote in Victoria. Now that is a great line up!
If you would prefer to start with a white there are always two or three very good Albarino winess on offer such as the Valminor or the Davila or you could try the richer Godello from Bodegas Valdeorra.
The range of reds is also interesting with offerings such as the silky Savaterre Pinot from Beechworth, the Irvine Merlot from the Barossa Valley and the gutsy Vinea Marson Shiraz from the Heathcote region. From Spain you can order the well-priced Gran Fuedo Tempranillo or spend a bit more to sample the M2 Tempranillo from cult winemaker Telmo Rodriguez.
So, Movida is the complete package: a relaxed atmosphere, seriously good food, great service and interesting wines.
 
     
     
     


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