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Movida Aqui… Yummy Spanish Food!

We are so lucky to have 3 Movida’s in Melbourne.  The original Movida which is constantly booked out and a bit more upscale, the uber cool Movida Next Door which is constantly packed… and then we have Movida Aqui which is located in a quieter part of the city, but has the same great food and service (without rejections when booking or waiting an hour for a table!).

Went for a superb lunch there prior to Xmas, and this was what we had…

First item was from the tapas menu,  Anchoa which was described as hand-filleted Cantabrian Artisan anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet.  Yeah, I’m not normally a fan of anchovies but someone else wanted to order this and I gave it a go… and it was amazing!  The fish wasn’t overpowering and with the crispy crouton and icy cold sorbet it was a great combination.

Next up was the Vieira which was live half shell Western Australian scallops with jamon and potato foam… perfectly cooked scallop with salty jamon topped with a creamy foam, you can’t go wrong!

No visit to a Spanish restaurant would be complete without a paella, and we had the Paella de Marisco which had Bomba rice cooked with seafood and saffron…  perfectly cooked seafood, the rice at the bottom of the pan had that lovely crispiness and tasty saucy flavours!  Yum!

Last dish we had was the steak… it probably has a fancy name (which I don’t recall) but it was a massive (400g?) fillet off the bone perfectly cooked and served with potato puree.  It was awesome!

One of my favourite places to dine in Melbourne – hassle free, great atmosphere and good food!  I would gladly choose this over the other 2 Movida’s!

For more info and reviews:
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Food pics from Apollo Bay

This was a really short trip to Apollo Bay and the food scene was somewhat lacking.   I do have some pics, so thought I’d share…

Obviously, I was in a seafood state of mind… so there’s boiled lobster with chips and sauces from the Apollo Bay Hotel, which was delicious and reasonably priced.   On a nice night out in the deck, with a nice cold beer and cold lobster are winners.

Another establishment we went to was La Bimba Restaurant.  The first night we went there it was packed and we had to make a reservation for the following night.  Based on the popularity of the place, I was expecting fantastic food.   We had a seafood paella which contained muscles, scampi, fish and crab, and a Moreton bay bug risotto.   Both were really tasty, but a tad overcooked.

Lastly, we have the interesting junk food….  I did try the Vegemite flavoured ice cream, and my recommendation is, don’t do it!  One taste is fine, but a whole scoop is overwhelming.  Also, the aftertaste was horrendous.   The lamb and mint flavoured chips were awesome!  They need to make this a permanent fixture.

(12 – 13 Mar 2011)