MoVida Bar de Tapas was one of the places that I really wanted to visit in Melbourne. The entrance is in an alley filled with cool graffiti. This was supposed to be the start of a crazy eating night, so we tried to pace ourselves. The first dinner of the night was meant to be small, but we ended up ordering quite a bit. This is a tapas and wine bar in a cool alley filled with graffiti.
We started with the Pollo Escabache al Miguel and the Pato tapas. The chicken was like a chicken salad served on really thin pieces of toasted bread. It was a bit tangy but the chicken was very tender. The Pato was good too, but such a tiny portion. There were 3 small thin shavings of house cured duck breast, and topped with a dressing and some radish. It was nice, but a bit underwhelming due to the amount given.
I saw an order of Cerdo or Pork Jowl, and had to order it too. It was just as good as it looked. Very crisp outside, and very tender and velvety soft fat/meat in the middle. Definitely a must try tapa.
My friend also ordered the Bunuelos de Bacalao which was a deep-fried salt cod ball, but it never came. The Gamba did come through, which is a whole salt baked prawn. She loved it, and probably one of the best pieces of prawn she has had. She doesn’t normally suck the juice out of the prawn heads, but now she will.
For the bigger dishes we ordered the Bistec Tartar de Wagyu, and the Pate de Pato. The tartar was a pretty big portion, and mixed with egg, and capers. The meat was very fresh, tender, and a bit slimy. I liked it, and it came with lots of toasted bread. The Pate was nice too, and served with a bunch of little toasted brioche and a Pedro Ximenez foam. The pate was very smooth, almost melt in your mouth. The PX foam was a bit sweet, and balanced out the mild liver flavor.
For dessert we ordered the Churros. It was good and served with rich Spanish chocolate. I actually prefer eating Churros plain, with just the cinnamon sugar. I think dipping it in the chocolate takes away from the churros that I love, and I wasn’t a big fan of this chocolate anyway.
Overall the meal was pretty good, but not as awesome as I had hoped, and it was a bit pricy. They have many other restaurants in Melbourne, and I wouldn’t mind trying the others.
MoVida Bar de Tapas
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