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“Authentic Spanish fare - and tapas”
Review of Movida

Movida
Ranked #360 of 5,856 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Surry Hills
Atlanta, Georgia
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Authentic Spanish fare - and tapas”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is Frank's parents family cooking - and Sydney is blessed by it.

Pato Negro Jamon (all hail the black trotter!), excellent pulpo Gallego, morcilla, coicido (winter dish), not to mention any jowl of a pig or beef, or gills of bacalo - simply stated - this is the real deal.

Service on 2 visits was crisp, articulate, attentive and friendly - everthing on time, right order and proper. Decor is nice and great Spanish touches on types of plates (particularly on beef cheek in Pedro Jiminez and cauliflour puree).

Excellent wine selection of Albarino, Muga and Pesquera. Great coffee too.

No wonder Frank is plotting to take the under belly of the CBD - civilized cities need proper lunch and the sanctity of the dining table.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Sydney, Australia
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“poor service an overrated”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Was looking forward to my debut experience but overall was an unfavourable experience!

It started with a pushy waiter that insisted on a more expensive wine choice, followed by very chewy beef cheek and ended with lying to us to get us out.

Admittedly the goat's cheese cigars and the peppers were good but definately wont be back!

  • Visited August 2013
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Perth, Australia
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“Tapas Terrific”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Friends recommended. Not cheap but excellent tapas and a wine list to die for. Waitress recommended a beautiful Tempranillo and clearly knew both her food and her wines. But unless you like perching on stools check when you book that you can have a booth.

Visited August 2013
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“The best interpretation for tapas”
Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Been there with a friend yesterday. The service is nice, fast, the cooking style goes from the basic tapa to the nouvelle cuisine. The flavors are kinda aromatic and complex, but definitely delicious.

  • Visited August 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“I just loved Movida - what a lunch!”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

I arrived early for lunch with colleagues at Movida Sydney. Lovely laid back welcome, Water offered immediately, and a welcome suggestion of perhaps some olives to go with my cocktail. The environment is chill but buzzy, you can hear yourself talk, food is paramount. My waiter took time out to discuss some wines with me before my colleagues arrived. And we'd plumped for two reds, one Riocha and another heavier one depending on our choices of food. My guests arrived and we sat back with complete anticipation. We chose the tapas menu and an extra dish. THe olives were glistening and tasty, the Jamon Iberico was complely delicious and should be a must for everyone. we had the oysters, and Goat Curd and Quince cigar, the completely declious sardinse (another must) and t he duck with picked cabbage (another must). So that's someplace to start next time I visit. And we ordered the Riocha - La Montessa which was deep, smooth, mellow and if it wasn't lunch I'm sure we would have stayed and ordered another bottle. Price $300.00 A return visit is planned.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Christine F
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