Movida Next Door Spanish Tapas – Melbourne’s CBD

Movida Next Door is an institution. Monsieur’s colleagues have highly recommended the place and this has us craving for Spanish tapas for the whole day… which is probably why we naturally went to a tapas place earlier on in the morning when in St Kilda.

Movida Next Door Melbourne

Movida Next Door Melbourne

When we come in, I’m a bit skeptic with about their ability to fit us in. We’re asked to wait at the bar but within seconds, some patrons are slightly moved, and we’re properly seated! Wanted to have a view on what our neighbors had, but the plates are empty… always a good sign! :)

Movida Next door, where we waited 5 seconds for a table... It's a table, it's a bar, it's a menu, it's a waiting point (magic, innit!)

Movida Next door, where we waited 5 seconds for a table… It’s a table, it’s a bar, it’s a menu, it’s a waiting point (magic, innit!)

We have a short look at the menu and I know what I want: Sangria! Monsieur orders cider and we both agree that my drink’s the winner (mind you, they’ve added some sparkling water or bubbly into my Sangria as it has a fizzy taste!)

Movida Next Door - My Sangria, AUD 11

Movida Next Door – My Sangria, AUD 11 (Monsieur’s cider, AUD 9)

We’ ve been warned about the sizes and the waiter recommends we each, get our tapas… But Monsieur and I are more interested in the special above our heads…

Movida Next Door - My Sangria, AUD 11

Movida Next Door – The menu on one side

Conservas (1st part) are tapas in tins imported directly from Spain. Though slightly tempted, we thought that the price for tins was a tad steep knowing how inexpensive some of these items can sell for in Spain… Plus, we figure we can find these tins later on if we want to!

Movida Next Door Anchoa, anchovy with goats curd capers tomato gaspacho jelly

Movida Next Door Anchoa, anchovy with goats curd capers tomato gaspacho jelly

We get one Anchoa (AUD 5.5) as Monsieur doesn’t fancy Anchovy and find it awkward to have it paired with goat’s curd… It turns out the mix works quite well, and Monsieur happily eats half of my little Anchoa! (2cm x 15cm, so best is one gets one each eh!)

Movida Next Door's delicious bread! Had we known they'd give us some more as soon as we were done, we wouldn't have stuffed ourselves with their bread to make some more room for the rest!

Movida Next Door’s delicious bread! Had we known they’d give us some more as soon as we were done, we wouldn’t have stuffed ourselves with their bread to make some more room for the rest!

The bread is good. I mean real good… Better than any other bread I’ve had in Sydney or elsewhere in Australia. Better than the bread in the Bourke st bakery, better than Baguette’s baguette. Is Melbourne’s climate more appropriate?

Movida Next Door's Croquetta, fried croquetta of wild mushrooms AUD 4 each

Movida Next Door’s Croquetta, fried croquetta of wild mushrooms AUD 4 each

We get two croquetta and they taste just like home (France, not Spain). They taste exactly like the filling in a bouchée à la reine, which is unexpected! Same taste, same texture, I’ve had this before, that’s for sure! Loved it, but not as much as the Cordero (AUD 20), which comes next… Slow cooked neck lamb in red wine, stew style… A special that we loved and highly recommend!

Movida Next Door Cordero, slow cooked neck lamb in red wine AUD 20

Movida Next Door Cordero, slow cooked neck lamb in red wine AUD 20

The meat was beautifully cooked, fell apart and melted in our mouths. Only downside is that they don’t have it on the regular menu! Along with the meat, we’ve ordered some berenjenas, which are eggplant chips with salmorejo (AUD12.50)

Movida Next Door Berenjenas, eggplant fries AUD 12.5

Movida Next Door Berenjenas, eggplant fries AUD 12.5

I think I prefer baked eggplant over the fries’ version, but these fries definitely are worth trying. The salmorejo is a perfect match for them!

Movida Next Door - The other side of the menu (sides and sweets)

Movida Next Door – The other side of the menu (sides and sweets)

Monsieur and I saved some room for desserts but decide that churros can be eaten else where… and so more savoury dishes are ordered!

Movida Next Door Crackling Pork belly and apples, AUD 14

Movida Next Door Crackling Pork belly and apples, AUD 14

The pork belly (AUD 14) is very tasty, but the portion is small compared with that of the lamb… Though good, I do not think it encompasses the Spanish spirit and probably wouldn’t reorder when we come back next time (we will!)

Movida Next Door Bocadillo de Chorizo, Chorizo and pickled pippara pepper sandwich AUD 7.5

Movida Next Door Bocadillo de Chorizo, Chorizo and pickled pippara pepper sandwich AUD 7.5

Monsieur absolutely wanted to try chorizo, so here we went! Not bad, but not my favorite among everything we’ve had!! And in hindsight, the best chorizo we’ve had was at the Hardware Société’s the day after (not a Spanish place!)

Movida Next Door, our bill

Movida Next Door, our bill

Our Bill comes down to AUD 87.50 which is reasonable for the quality of the food we’ve had! Definitely will be back :)

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About Mademoiselle in Sydney

I'm a French Born Chinese expat' who relocated from the UK to Australia! I love all things food!
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