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“TDF” 5 of 5 stars
Review of MoVida

MoVida
1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 3 9663 3038
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Ranked #20 of 3,978 restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $19 - $56
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas, International
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
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.
Sydney, Australia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“TDF”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

OMG this is still one of my all time favs in Melbourne. Set in this quirky little lane literally covered in amazing Street Art. The staff are friendly and know their stuff. And of course the food !!!! Delicious and exciting. Interesting they have opened one in Sydney but it is not a patch on the original. Try the Beef Cheeks.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“So so good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I can't believe I hadn't been here yet.
We say at the bar and had possibly the most helpful waiter I've ever experienced. He knew the dishes inside out and explained each one with enthusiasm that made me want every dish! Yes, Movida can be pricey but the food is brilliant! I strongly recommend the prawn croquette and crispy pork on the tapas menu. They were to die for!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland
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123 restaurant reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“A taste tsunami”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

What a place, the great tastes start and just keep coming until you waive the white flag. Some great wines to match also.

Note: there are two restaurants connected to each other, the main restaurant and the front tapas place which is walk up. Both are exquisite.

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Karon, Thailand
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“Great food, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Food is exquisite - should order 4 tapas and one or two mains to share. The service is great - the waiters were very friendly and advised us of how it worked and recommended some excellent dishes.

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Sydney, Australia
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Welcoming for a solo diner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

This was my third visit to Movida over 18 months. I've dined with one or two on my other visits. Today I walked in off the street around 5.30 and had no troubles getting a seat t the bar. The staff were able to recommend a good wine and I had two favourites (anchovy with tomato sorbet and chicken escabache) and a special of the day from the tapas menu (cigarillo of braised lamb with artichoke purée). I then had one of the larger dishes, a lamb loin with Moroccan spices which just melted in your mouth. I felt quite comfortable dining solo and know there were other single diners there too. By the time I left about 6.45 there were still plenty of tables available - maybe the trick is to dine early!

Visited July 2013
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