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“Beautiful Spanish Tapas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of MoVida

MoVida
1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9663 3038
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Ranked #26 of 3,644 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $15 - $46
Cuisines: International, Spanish, Tapas
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Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: When we opened the doors to MoVida in Hosier lane, Melbourne in 2003 no one knew what to expect. Here was this little bar on a graffiti covered cobbled lane near the cathedral serving Spanish tapas and shared plates in a down lit room playing funky tunes. It's the kind of place you can come in for a beer and a jamon croquetta at the bar and then move across to a table and share a plate of slow braised lamb, some patatas a lo pobre and down some seriously good Spanish red wine.
Melbourne, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Spanish Tapas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Have eaten here a few times but honestly can't remember the meals being so small! There's no doubt the food is beautiful but there just simply isn't enough (unless u order everything on the menu!). I'm talking really about the main dishes - very small - barely a mouthful when sharing among others.

Visited June 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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Brisbane, Australia
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“very nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were here in July 2012 for lunch, we had a great lunch, the steak tartare and the beef cheeks were great, really everything was. The only complaint is that the drinks are very over priced to the point were you would rather go without than pay the prices.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland
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“Bustling restaurant, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We recently had lunch in this restaurant on a Saturday. We hadn't booked, and were lucky to get a table in the bar. We arrived at about 12:15 - any later and we woudl have missed out. Very good staff, they were a great help with explaining the menu. Quite a different take on tapas - some quite unusual (in a good way) dishes. We sampled a number of dishes and enjoyed them all. Clams with pork neck was very good. My wifes favourite - Creme Caramel for dessert - was to die for. Defintitely worth a visit, but remember to book.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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“Simply great, service and taste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Isn't this just a wonderful destination

a great familiar and friendly atmosphere, casual service that is knowledgeable and efficient

the place, and the place next door which are really the same is always full, if you can't get into one, go to the other and satisfaction will be the same

great Spanish style tapas, fresh, well portioned and priced

A great selection of international wines by the glass and bottle

buzzy, casual, warm and cozy, you can never go wrong,

sit a t a table or at the bar and chat to the staff and other customers, its that kind of place

just love it, there should be more around like this

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Too Yum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Had the best table in the house...a cosy, tucked away booth, perfect for the freezing night in Melbourne.

The food was great, really clever concepts and plating - the mackerel wowed our table and the lamb neck just disappeared on our tongues. The quality of seafood was fantastic. Be wary that portions are quite small but that makes you inclined to order nearly everything on the menu, which is great to get a taste of it all.

In terms of service, we felt that they could have provided more of an explanation of how the menu was designed and meant to be eaten as it was our first time at the hyped up venue. We felt that the specials were barely memorised by the waitress and she wasn't much help in determining whether we had ordered enough (which we hadn't).

Overall a really fun and lively place with food that was clever and truly delicious.

Visited June 2013
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