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MoVida

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1 Hosier Lane
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
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Tel : +61 3 9663 3038
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Cuisine
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas
Chef
Chef: Frank Camorra and David Roberts
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Price Range: $$$$
BYO
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Awarded Two Chef Hats - The Age Good Food Guide 2009-2014
Venture down its dark laneway and be welcomed to MoVida, one of Melbourne’s top dining destinations. Renowned for its modern Spanish menu, created by celebrity chef Frank Camorra, the only thing that’s difficult about dining at MoVida is securing a table.

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LOCATION
In Melbourne’s unofficially proclaimed ‘Spanish Strip’, Hosier Lane is near the corner of Flinders and Russel Streets.

DETAILS
Down a graffiti-clad, cobblestone laneway you will find Movida. Still as popular as it ever was, this tiny restaurant is an eruption of noise from the line of diners waiting for tables competing with those lucky enough to already be seated. The dining room itself is dark and brooding. Small tables lay close together, lit up by industrial fixtures that bounce light off the pop art lined walls.


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A graffiti-lined alleyway isn’t a conventional location for a two-hat restaurant – unless we’re talking about MoVida. Calling Hosier Lane home for the last 10 years, Frank Camorra and his team have revolutionised the way we think about Spanish food in Australia.The restaurant is cosy affair with small tables quirkily arranged to maximise space – a reminder of all those tiny apartments you encounter on holidays to Europe. Diners can be found in every nook and cranny, including the bar which, thankfully doubles as an eating space.

At MoVida, classic Spanish flavours dominate the kitchen however each dish is presented with a unique twist. Take the pescado ahumado; cold-smoked kingfish with a pine-nut gazpacho - a dish that is in equal parts traditional and scientific. Arriving at the table in a miniature cast-iron pot, diners remove the lid to release the fragrant smoke that lightly flavours the kingfish. Stay here long enough and you’ll smell (and then see) this telltale aroma from almost every table in the restaurant. The anchoa, MoVida’s signature tapa, arrives as a thin crouton topped with hand-filleted Catalonian anchovy and a cornel of tomato sorbet. There’s no magic show with this dish, just a well-thought out combination of flavours and textures. To accompany the smaller bites there are raciones, some of which are more substantial than others. The beef cheeks are braised in Pedro Ximenez until perfectly tender, with plenty of reduced sauce for the cauliflower puree it rests on; or a classic dish of Galician slow-style octopus with potatoes is perfect with intermittent sips of a full-bodied sherry or Spanish vino. Desserts are scrawled on the chalkboard above the kitchen, but with churros and hot-chocolate dipping sauce as the first on the list, we must admit, we stopped reading after that. MoVida may have its own spin-offs, popping up across Melbourne, and even Sydney, but there’s no slowing the original - a testament to good food, good wine and good company.

Aphrodite Vlahos

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 Two Chef Hats
The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2009-2014

 Dish of the Year - Cecina
The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2007

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MoVida - User Reviews

Shop17:

I flipping love this restaurant! My family and I turned up close to last orders but they still fit us in and we just asked them to bring us what was left over/what they recommended. I'd definitely recommend just asking the staff to choose for you, everything was delicious annd it was so interesting not knowing what to expect! LOVED IT.review  20/04/2011

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We were lucky enough to get a table at the last minute - very early on a Sunday of a long weekend. It was an absolute delight from the moment we entered. The front of house was excellent and slick. The food - what can I say, beautifully presented and so delicious!! A wonderful foodie experience!review  15/06/2010

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