Every so often I stay down in the centre of Melbourne when I’ve got consecutive city-based meetings. And when I do I often take a quick stroll down to Movida. Spanish as it was meant to be.

Tonight I was in around 6.45 and there was plenty of room. I was seated up at the bar which suits me fine. The place was semi busy and got busier over the 75 minutes I was there. After 8, even mid week, it can be hard to get a table.

Service, tap water, crusty bread and olive oil arrived in typical Movida fashion, casual but prompt. I went for:

Three tapas (with a Moritz beer)

  • Anchoa – hand filleted anchovy on a wafer thin crouton with smoked tomato sorbet. The salt of the anchovy and the sorbet combo is to die for. You can’t do this at home.
  • Croqueta – mushroom and blue cheese croquette
  • Queso – whipped goats milk cheese wrapped in quince paste and a brik pastry.  Unbelievable.

Main (coupled with a glass of Domaine Grenache – wonderful)

  • Pork and paprika sausage, lentils and Spanish peppers

Dessert (rare visit to the fortifieds with a D’Oliveiras 5yr Madeira demi sec)

  • Colmena – fresh honeycomb, pear, raisin ice cream. Sensational! I regretfully had to inform the bride that this topped both her apple crumble and her ice cream cake.

Service was friendly. My staffer made helpful suggestions, checked how things were without being obtrusive and shared an anecdote about Madeira. Low key but never missed a beat.

All up about $80 and worth every cent.

If you haven’t been, go. Your options are Movida (Hosier Lane), Movida Next Door (adjacent, cnr Flinders St) or, across town, Movida Aqui at 500 Bourke St.

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