Archive for ‘Spanish’

October 23, 2012

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.


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.



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!).


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.


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

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April 1, 2011

Naked for Satan, Melbourne

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Naked for Satan

Naked for Satan is a fun and quirky concept, where the ceilings are high, all is copper and naked buxom women wallpaper the walls. It’s a buffet styled bar where you pick and choose the pintxos, eat and then count your toothpicks to pay. Pintxos, or pinchos is Spanish for the small bite sized snacks eaten in bars. Pintxos are little delights served on bread with a toothpick pierced through (the literal translation for pincho actually means spike!).

Naked for Satan
Naked for Satan

Naked for Satan

The pintxos include a range from an awesomely grilled capsicum, mushroom and lettuce delight, a seafood and carrot puree sprinkled with flying roe, a pea puree slather with scallop and corn fritter ball on a bed of blue cheese. For more, there’s blue cheese with honey eggplant, red apple and chorizo and, more blue cheese and quince jam pintxos.

So if you’re not a fan of cheese or all things puree’d then sadly no pintxos will be quite satisfying. Most of the menu include char grilled vegetables or a cold meat skewered into a generously cheese’d up slice of amazingly soft baguette. The staff do occasionally walk around with out of the oven platters of pintxos with piping hot fritters.

Naked for Satan

Some of the pintxos were quite experimental and despite being a heavy meat eater, the best pintos of the night were the veggie ones; simple with great flavours – so stick with the garlic mushrooms, char grilled capsicum and smoked salmon with picked onions.

Naked for Satan

Agreed with my fellow foodie; the concept and bar is brilliant, but the food needs a little work. It’s still worth a stopover for a drink or two, a toothpick or two to kick start the night’s festivities. And for a limited time, they’re offering 50c pintxos!

Naked for Satan
285 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, Melbourne

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January 26, 2010

Mojos Cafe & Tapas Bar

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Caipirinha, Paradiso, Spanish Fly

This little Spanish restaurant has it going on. Relaxed atmosphere, great simple tapas, delicious cocktails and a beautiful view of Sydney’s treasure, Bondi Beach. The restaurant itself looks as though it doesn’t accommodate for many, but as you gravitate towards the back of the restaurant, you’re revealed to large tables to cater for groups and countertops for couples. The interior design reeks of old school Spanish style; rustic furniture, crosses and skulls.

To kick off the night, the 3 amigos begin with a cocktail each – Caipirinha, a refreshing yet sour mix of muddled fruit, The Paradiso, a blended mix of vodka, chambord, lime and passionfruit and my favourite, the Spanish Fly, a shaken mix of chartuese and licor 43 with passionfruit, lemon and cranberry.

Mixed Happy Hour tapas

Salt & Pepper Squid

With our perfect timing and by luck, we arrived before Happy Hour (4pm-6pm) so all the Happy Hour tapas were $7 including $7 cocktails. With excitement and a grin from ear to ear, we ordered a mix of tapas – Chilli Prawns, Grilled Chorizos, Cous Cous Balls, Garlic Mushrooms, Creamy Baked Potatoes and Salt & Pepper Squid. Generous, fresh and simple.

White Chocolate Cheesecake

Mango & Coconut Torte

Dessert was next, and sadly this was the biggest let down for the restaurant. The white chocolate cheesecake was pleasant but definitely very rich and too overwhelming to consume the entire slice. The torte was dry, tasteless and unfortunately the only non-chocolate dessert on the menu.

The Happy Hour tapas and perfect view of the beach definitely makes this restaurant worthwhile. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for the tables next to the window or outdoors to absorb the beautiful view.

32 Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach, Sydney

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