MoVida bar de Tapas – Melbourne



Sorry for the lack of updates… I’ve been busy away from Foodsaurus and have now returned with a post 🙂

I recently went to Melbourne for a holiday where I enjoyed the city life, visited Frankston to see their annual sand sculptures and of course ate lots of food!

MoVida was initially not on my to-do list, but as I have heard great reviews and had a bit of time left in Melbourne, I called MoVida to see whether I could make a last minute reservation. Whilst they were fully booked for dinner for another week, they were available for lunch so I made a lunch booking for two at the original MoVida bar de Tapas at Hosier Lane.

We arrived before the doors were open so we took the opportunity to enjoy & take snaps of the art on the alleyway.


Once the doors were open, we were served complimentary bread (we were charged an optional $1 for the ‘Bread for Change’ campaign). We asked the waitress for her menu recommendations and decided to go for a ‘chef selection’ for about $50-60 per head as we were hungry & wanted to try a bit of everything…




Here’s what we ended up eating for $119 all up (including two coffees at the end of our meal):

  • Anchoa- Hand-filleted Cantabrian Artisan Anchovy on 
Crouton with Smoked Tomato Sorbet ($4.50 each)
  • Croquetas De Choco En Su Tinta– Squid Ink Croquette with Cuttlefish ($4 each)
  • Caballa Ahumado– House Cold Smoked Spanish Mackerel 
with Pine Nut Gazpacho Sorbet ($5.50 each)
  • Pollo Escabache Al Miguel– Spiced Chicken Escabache Tapa on Crisp Crouton ($4.50 each)
  • Cecina– Air-dried Wagyu with Poached Organic Egg and Truffle Foam ($21)
  • Pulpo A La Gallega– Galician Octopus with Kipfler Potatoes and Spanish Sweet Paprika ($?)
  • Setas Asadas Con Jerez– Oven-roasted Portobello Mushrooms Finished with Sherry Vinegar ($13)
  • Carrillera De Buey–  Slowly Braised Beef Cheek in Pedro Ximenez on Cauliflower Puree ($23.50)

The Tapa dishes I absolutely LOVED were Anchoa (MoVida’s signature dish) which had an anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet, Caballa Ahumado cold smoked mackerel 
with pine nut gazpacho sorbet which was our waitress’ personal favourite tapa dish. You’ve got to try these two dishes!






Caballa Ahumado

Pollo Escabache Al Miguel

Pollo Escabache Al Miguel

Croquetas De Choco En Su Tinta

Croquetas De Choco En Su Tinta

The Raciones (sharing) dishes I really enjoyed were Carrillera De Buey slow braised beef cheek in pedro ximenez on cauliflower puree – the beef cheek melted in your mouth, the puree & accompany sauce was memorable. The special of the day was also a highlight, Galician Octopus with potatoes and paprika – loved the crispy seasoned potatoes!


Carrillera De Buey


Pulpo A La Gallega

Setas Asadas Con Jerez

Setas Asadas Con Jerez

Whilst the meal did come with a price tag, the food was creative & delicious and we were given excellent service.

This dining experience was a highlight of my Melbourne trip. Two Good Food Hats well deserved.

MoVida bar de Tapas

1 Hosier Ln, Melbourne
(03) 9663 3038


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