It was the highlight of my Melbourne dining experience and my first every introduction to proper Spanish food. By , a lot had changed. I had been to Spain several times and eaten a lot of authentic, amazing food over there. Movida itself had gone from strength to strength, with Frank Camorra having opened several other Movida branded eateries in Melbourne. Understandably, I was keen to see how the original Movida had stood the test of time. I am happy to say that the food at Movida is just as great as I remembered.
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The atmosphere is great, the staff are very passionate about the restaurant, and the food is seasonal, fresh, authentically Spanish, and very tasty. There are a variety of options designed either to share or to eat as mains. You still need to book, but if you want to visit on a whim, the excellent and somewhat more casual Movida Next Door, which takes walk ins and focuses more on sharing, tapas style dishes.
The fad has died off, but Izakaya Den remains. There is a good reason for this, and that is the brilliant food on offer. The list of sake and Japanese whiskey is extensive, and the venue itself has a great vibe about it. Very small, narrow and underground, Izakaya Den a raw, futuristic feel about it with images and animations being projected onto the blank wall across from the long bar.
Naked For Satan is a great bar that focuses just as much on food as it does on drinks. Each portion had a toothpick in it.
You save up your toothpicks, and go up to the bar and pay for your meal before you leave. The food is Spanish influenced, but not Spanish per se. I celebrated my birthday here last year with a group of friends and we all had a great time. Fresh, seasonal ingredients means that the menu is constantly changing, although there are many options that are consistent, including the amazing taramosalata cod roe dip with pita.
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The lamb which is cooked on a rotating spit is also exceptional. Hellenic Republic also offers a take-away menu, which includes arguably the best souvlaki in Melbourne. The lamb is to die for, and the use of horseradish mustard makes for an interesting change. Proud Mary has a reputation for being one of the best places to get coffee and brunch in Melbourne and I think that this reputation is very much deserved. They roast their own beans, which are carefully sourced from independent growers around the world, and there is always an exceptional choice of beans, brewed by almost any method that you can think of on offer.
Food wise, there are the usual breakfast options on offer, generally simple but with a twist here and there. The coffee, food and service have never been anything but excellent, and the level of knowledge and passion that the staff have is great. Highly recommended, although on weekends for breakfast be prepared to wait for a table.
Ask people in Melbourne where the best place in the city to get dumplings is, and a large number of them will tell you to head to Hutong. While perhaps not the best place for dumplings in Melbourne any more, I have a good reason for including Hutong on this list. The dumplings at Hutong are still excellent and up there with the best in Melbourne. Thanks for the review Michael and pleased to hear you had another successful visit to Melbourne, despite not getting to the vineyards. Happy to pass along any advice again as you and the guys bring a terrific spirit to town and relish what's on offer.
Will look forward to catching up next year. Making our booking was very easy, 1 call then follow up email by Paul.
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Seeing as my partner and I were the only two booked on the tour for that particular day it was tailored to our desire. The wineries were great, small and larger scale and some a bit "off the grid". Very informative was our tour guide Stephen, he was very social and showed us around the Mornington Penninsula. Lunch was 5 star, the cheese and chocolate were great, and with extra time left we had options to do a bit more touring! Fantastic day and will definatley use wine trekker tours again!!!! Thanks so much for reviewing your tour to the Mornington Peninsula and delighted to hear it was everything you'd expected plus some.
It provides an excellent contrast to the more popular Yarra Valley and while it doesn't enjoy the same profile, the wineries, restaurants and food producers are all delivering terrific product. Having access to the smaller wineries is a great enhancement to the day. Pleased you got on well with Stephen, it's not that hard really given his passion for the work and the region. Will look forward to showing you another region when you're next back in town. Thanks again for the booking and all the best. Flights Vacation Rentals Restaurants Things to do. Cart 0. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips.
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