03 Oct MoVida Next Door, Melbourne CBD
After facing a ridiculously long wait at another no-bookings restaurant, we decided to change our dinner venue to MoVida Next Door, MoVida’s little bar companion. After a wait of just over an hour, we settled down to try out some of their tapas and raciones. The seafood is displayed at counters near the door and is cooked to order. Most of the seafood menu options were listed on the board above the bar, presumably because their offerings are dependent on market availability.
I’d heard good things about the lamb cutlets at MoVida. There wasn’t any lamb on the regular menu, for fortunately for me there was a lamb cutlet available as a tapas special. The meat was so succulent and tender; someone else had the proper serrated knife so I just used the regular table knife, and it still cut through with ease. The addition of the pear was interesting, but it wasn’t so sweet that it took all the attention away from the main star.
Not sure when I would be returning to dine here, I splurged on the most expensive seafood special. The perfectly grilled snapper fillet came with three fat clams and a saffron broth that really packed a punch. Well seasoned and citrusy, each bite was an explosion of flavour that helped allay my fears that I’d spent too much on this dish. It was pretty pricey, but I definitely enjoyed it while it lasted.
MoVida Next Door
164 Flinders St
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
(03) 9663 3038