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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)

It's Australian Open season and a part of me wishes that I'm watching the games in Melbourne right now. We are taking a break from travelling to Melbourne this year as I want a quiet birthday month. Last year was truly a blast--a month-long celebration with family and friends plus having the extraordinary holiday in Melbourne during Australian Open. This year, the Husband and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary and my birthday here in our city with little flair but still (expecting) lots of food and fun.

Since I've got Melbourne on my mind, I'll start sharing our gastronomic adventures during last year's Melbourne holiday from today til next week.

If there's one thing I'm grateful for was that all the places we ate at last year were superb. It's always lovely to enjoy good food on special occasions, isn't it? All the more when you are travelling as it makes the event more memorable. And as always, Melbourne doesn't disappoint being the food, chocolate and coffee capital of Australia.

Our first Melbourne meal upon arrival was at Movida Aqui which was a dream come true. We've always loved Spanish cuisine (and still do) and we're heard/read very good feedbacks about Movida. We tried getting a table in 2010 but failed. If you're sure about eating here, call in and make a reservation, which we did for our 2012 holiday. 

Started off with a cool and refreshing jug of Sangria which we enjoyed with complimentary bread. 
Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)
Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)
We decided to have a light lunch so we only opted a few Tapas, one Raciones and one Arroces. The service was fast so should the need for more food arises, it was easy to order again.

Although our orders seemed not enough to make us both full, it actually did. We were surprised that even with just a few Tapas and Raciones our tummies felt full already. The Arroces sealed it all that we decided to forego dessert.

Bocadillo de Calamares. Calamari sandwich with Basque guindilla and mayonnaise.
Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)
Bomba. Catalan potato bomb filled with chorizo. This is a favourite of ours.
Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)
Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)
Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)
Butifarra. House-made Catalan pork and pepper sausage with chickpeas and morcilla.
Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)
Arroz Caldoso. Wet bomba rice with salt bush lamb ribs and peas.
Movida Aqui (Melbourne, Australia)
All these dishes looked and tasted exquisitely. Beautiful balance of flavours and surprisingly filling. If you're in Melbourne, a meal at Movida Aqui is highly recommended.

The good news to Sydneysiders is that Movida has a opened a restaurant in Surry Hills (50 Holt St,Surry Hills, Phone +61 2 8964 7642 so no need to fly to Melbourne to have a taste of great Spanish food.

Movida Aqui

Lvl 1, 500 Bourke St,
NAB building, (via Lt Bourke St)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: +61 3 9663 3038

Note: "A Wife's Charmed Life" visited Movida Aqui (Melbourne) on 20 January 2012.