My wife and I have visited Tapas Movida several times since it first opened (replacing a French restaurant that had virtually no customers), and ordered take-out food several times. At first, we were put off by the super-small cans of Coke and Coke Light, the smoke coming into no-smoking areas, and the loud behavior of some dinner patrons. But lately there has been no smoke in the no-smoking areas, and man-sized cans of beverages were provided (albeit at man-sized prices, but that’s ok). I suspect the owner asks customers for feedback because we can see many improvements over time.
From the beginning, our favorite main course was the lamb shank which has enough meat on it to feed both of us but not quite enough beans and potatoes. It is quite tasty and a good value. Lately I have fallen in love with their Basque style chicken with potato au gratin. The chicken meat is tender and fall-off-the-bone moist. Normally I prefer a sharper cheese in the potatoes au gratin, but these potatoes were almost creamy but perfect to complement the taste of the chicken.
The deserts are memorable. I had a brownie for dessert, and I was surprised to see that it was moist and sweet and quite delicious with wipped cream and strawberry slices on top. My wife had caramelized bananas, and they came with whipped cream, strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and a pastry. Really good.
Although it is located at a busy area of Jl. Cipete Raya, there is parking available at the front. Some of the staff were friendly and service-oriented, and some were not. There seem to be many customers both at lunch and dinner, but we have never found the restaurant completely full. We prefer the atmosphere at lunch time when there frequently are groups of Japanese ladies.
We have tried some of the tapas dishes such as pork belly (too hard for our taste), but we haven’t found favorites yet. We look forward to finding favorite tapas, favorite new main dishes, and new desserts when we visit again.
We feel Tapas Movida is a very good value that is getting better.
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