Dinner at Movida Bar de Tapas

Movida-vanessalow-16 Tapas is one of my top-five favourite meal structures, up there with buffets, street food, yum cha and sushi trains. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, all designed to share; tapas requires that you order a variety of small dishes subsequently meaning that you get the best of all of the worlds. Food: Movida’s menu offered a great diversity of flavours and unexpected combinations – my favourite was the goat’s curd and quince cigar – and satisfied the ultimate foodie desire for interesting (rather than just tasty) epicurean experiences (see below for more descriptions)! Ambience: The ambience is that of serious food masked behind casual exposed-brick walls. Tucked in the back streets of Surry Hills, it is secluded in appearance but busy and happening within. Overall: I’m looking forward to returning to Movida to try more of the unusual menu items! Movida-vanessalow-7Cigarill de Queso – Goats Curd and quince cigar. The sweet quince cylinder is soft but has a thin, crisp lining and is filled with a decadent, creamy filling. I’d happily eat a plate of these all by myself. Movida-vanessalow-8Cecina – air cured wagu beef with truffle foam and poached egg. This dish caused a bit of speculation as the waiter explained that the ingredients were to be all mixed together. But it worked! Very rich and creamy and salty and please I love truffle everything truffle please.  Movida-vanessalow-1

Mix it up!

Movida-vanessalow-9 Patatas Bravas – triple cooked potatoes with spicy bravas sauce. I liked that this dish wasn’t shy with its spiciness; a flavoursome take on the ubiquitous spud. Movida-vanessalow-10  Pastel de Corniz – quail and morilla in housemade pastry with an agridulce sauce. Yum. Yum. Yum. A gourmet version of a sausage roll. Crispy on the outside; tender on the inside; tonnes of flavour. What’s not to love? Movida-vanessalow-14

Token ambience shot

Movida-vanessalow-11 Churros – rich drinking chocolate and Spanish doughnuts. I enjoyed the light, crispy churros. The chocolate had an interesting, bitter flavour however I would have preferred it to have been slightly thicker in consistency. Movida-vanessalow-12 Mantecado – frozen almond leche merengada biscuit. A bit of a dramatic desert with filling flowing from the centre. Delicious almond flavour that went well with the icecream. We finished this one real quick. Movida-vanessalow-13 MOVIDA BAR DE TAPAS http://movida.com.au 50 Holt St (cnr Gladstone St) Surry Hills, Sydney +61 2 8964 7642