Last night I had the great pleasure of going to dinner at Movida Aqui here in Melbourne. The original Movida is a very popular tapas bar but it is incredibly hard to get into especially on a Friday or Saturday night. When we were making arrangements to catch up with a couple of friends for dinner, we thought we might try one of the more recent additions to the chain (there are now four different Movida venues) and were not disappointed by our experience.
Last night it was a gorgeous autumn night! Clear skies, warm and the perfect night to sit outside, eat tapas, drink sangria and chat! One of the really fun features of the setting was that we were sitting next to a planter box. It was only after a little while that we realised that the trees in the planter box were young olive trees, and at the base of the trees, a variety of different herbs! The kitchens are very open at this restaurant, so you could see the chefs at work. Very cool! Really the toughest thing was walking through the restaurant looking at what everyone else was eating and thinking either we should have ordered those, or I wonder what that is, because everything looked really good!
Drinking sangria reminds me of a fantastic night I had in Barcelona many years ago, and if I had someone who liked paella, I would definitely go back to Movida Aqui specifically to share a paella pan, and yes, more sangria!
I love the idea of tapas - a selection of little bit sized morsels of tastiness that you share with others at your table. It doesn't end up being a particularly cheap way to eat, but it is a nice way to treat yourself! I didn't take any photos because I only had one battery in my camera for some reason. Not all of the items are showing on the menu on the website so from memory this is what we had last night.
Catalan Potato bomb filled with chorizo (called Bombas)
Mushrooms cooked on the plancha, finished with sherry vinegar (Setas)
Prawns cooked in terracotta with garlic
Potato salad with dill and prawn
Meatballs served with a little tomato and onion based sauce
Smoked salmon served with trout parcels
And for dessert my friend had churros and I had a delicious Crème caramel served with pestinos
As I was sitting here this morning, I was trying to think what my favourite was. I didn't actually have any of the smoked salmon because it's not my favourite taste, but other than that, they were all delicious. I think the dish I was most surprised by was the potato salad with dill. The prawns that were served with it were chargrilled (I think) but they were still very tender and the perfect accompaniment to the potato salad with dill.
Good weather, good food and wine, good company. What more could you ask for?
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