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!
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In my opinion the best onion rings in Melbourne are at Rockpool… They are crispy, juicy, salty golden deliciousness. Time and time again I’ve found myself here for the Onion Rings and Potato Puree, which is silky potato perfection.
If you’re a bit strapped for cash, and can’t afford to pay $60 for a steak, the bar menu is an affordable alternative. Winners on the menu include the famous “David Blackmore’s Full Blood Wagyu Hamburger with Bacon, Gruyere Cheese and Zuni Pickle” and “Wood Fire Grilled Fillet Minute Steak with Café de Paris Butter“.
A recent addition to the bar menu is the “Beef and Guiness Pie with Mushy Peas” which was phenomenal! Melt in your mouth beef bathing in tasty sauce encased in a crusty buttery pie pastry. Beware: it is super tasty.
We had dessert…. “Dark Chocolate Pudding Tart with Chocolate Sorbet“. It was superb! Dark chocolate tart – slightly bitter and salty with a light sweet sorbet. Sooo good!
I’ve been here at least once a month for the last 12 months, so without a doubt this is one of my fav places to dine in Melbourne!
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Whilst traveling to Perth is by airplane, and therefore does not add to my quest for more kilometers, I thought I’d do a quick blog about this as we had such a delightful time there.
We stayed at the Sheraton, which lived up to the normal Starwood standards. The room was spacious and well furnished, with the highlight of the room being the bed! Those heavenly beds rock my world! Pillowy softness made for a fantastic nights sleep. The other highlight of the hotel was the hash browns that were served for breakfast. We stayed for 3 nights and every morning, there they were. Golden crispy outside, soft potato goodness on the inside. Delicious!
Our dining experience in Perth is well worth mentioning. The 7 course degustation at Star Anise with matching wine was delicious and was a good “progression”. The winning dish for me was the “marron, hiramasa kingfish, ‘tom yum’” – delicate seafood sitting with a tom yum reduced jelly. Winning dish for my partner was the “lightly smoked ocean trout, crackling, seaweed, enoki, edamame, winter melon, brown rice tea broth” – good tasty broth again with delicate seafood. Well worth the trip out the Shenton Park (which is about 10 mins out of the city by cab).
Whilst roaming around Perth city, starved for a good coffee, we stumbled upon a strange looking extension to an office building in the heart of the city. The extension had walls made of potted plants, with doors that had handles of spades and tables and chairs made from what looks like recycled crates. Lo and behold, it was Greenhouse. This was around the time that Matt Stone was awarded the Gourmet Traveller best new chef award so it was totally hyped up for me. And it lived up to it! I enjoyed a delicious blade steak with caramelized brussel sprouts and a cauliflower tartin. It was spectacular.
Had a fantastic weekend away, can’t wait to return to try more restaurants and return to Greenhouse!
(10th – 13th September 2010)
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