MoVida Sydney

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Stripped back bare to the bone, MoVida Sydney hides in the modern nook of Holt Street. MoVida brings to the table an unexpected twist on tapas styled dining without the need to pack your bags. Yes, Sydney brace yourselves as we finally get a little piece of MoVida love!

MovidaSangria & Croqueta 

Eenie meenie mo, and off we go – there’s no hestiation to kick things off with a few glasses of refreshing sangria. Our first flavourstarter entree are the croquettes, and despite the spicy “sound” of horseradish on the menu, it is in fact a crispy bundle of joy, of smoked eel, potato and horseradish.

MovidaCaldo

Next up are two litle bowls of caldo, a savoury custard with almost a umami flavour of burnt onion and truffle consomme. Truffle doesn’t leave me weak at the knees but this one is dished up quite well.

MovidaPanfried Quail & Black Pudding Terrine

Slowly appreciating the world’s love affair of terrines, I slowly picked at the panfried terrine and taken by surprise. Panfrying definitely helps ease my texture issues of terrine and with an accompanying sweet blackcurrant sauce, it didn’t leave the dish feeling too black pudding-esque.

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MovidaCarrillera

My foodie companion has been on a rave about Pedro Ximenez (I mean, who doesn’t love saying that name?!) so the slow cooked beef cheeks in Pedro were a no brainer. Served with a smooth, yet subtle cauliflower puree, the hearty beef cheek fell apart with the twist of the fork.

MovidaRabbit w/ Spring Vegetables

Along with the extensive menu, there’s quite a few daily specials and since we were going outside of the box, we dived into a colourful dish of rabbit (it’s official dish name escapes me), served with young spring veggies and jus. Keeping the “Bugs Bunny” images out of my mind, I couldn’t help but love the simplicity but flavours in the dish. A fresh welcome to Spring and warmer afternoons (finally!).

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MovidaTarta Santiago

Rubbing our bellies, it was time for the dessert chamber to be opened. A almond fondant with a little oozing surprise definitely hit the spot with a scoop of not-too-sweet fig ice cream.

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Upon first inspection of the menu, the unusual look of anchovies, black pudding, terrines and horseradish can look a little daunting, but lunch was absolutely delicious. Without having the pleasure of dining at the Melbourne MoVidas, this one definitely hits high on my hot-to-go list in Sydney at the moment.

MoVida Sydney
50 Holt St
Surry Hills, Sydney
www.movida.com.au/sydney

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9 Comments to “MoVida Sydney”

  1. absolutely LOVED the px beef cheeks! all kinds of amazing! also, im organising a sydney food bloggers meetup but your email keeps bouncing?

  2. Oh man. Everything looks good and sounds very interesting. And you! We need to catch up hahaha

  3. Dear Jenny,

    I’ve only tried MoVida Aqui so far and it was brilliant. I thought the Anchoa is their signature sliver of anchovy and smoked tomato sorbet on top of a thin slice of crispy wafer?

    • Hello! I’m yet to visit any Melbourne restaurants but definitely it putting on the agenda now considering how much I enjoyed Sydney. And yes, you’re completely right, I noted it down wrong – so thank you for picking up that mishap. I have changed it :)

  4. One thing I refuse to do is call it ‘MoVida’ because it’s in the pretentious realm of Ke$ha and P!nk. LOL. The food is pretty good though and I love the desserts in particular.

  5. I should have visited this place earlier in the day for better photos (ours turned out dark). The custard with truffle was awesome!

  6. the Carrillera looks delicious!

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