When in Melbourne recently for a conference I organised dinner for myself and my colleagues on the last night before we flew back to Perth, after a lot of googling and scrolling through Trip Advisor for recommendations, one name seemed to be dominant in every search for "best tapas in Melbourne" and that name was Movida, and even better their sister restaurant Movida Acqui was walking distance from our hotel so I picked up the phone and booked us a table asap!
Considering I have never been to Melbourne and have 0 sense of direction, I managed to find this little spot fairly easily, despite being down a side lane and at the top of a flight of stairs! We were greeted by smiley staff who sat us at our table and gave us some time to look over the menu, explaining anything we needed assistance with as we went along. The interior at Movida Acqui is quirky and modern, I loved it. The menu had a wide variety of tapas dishes, smaller single plates and larger sharing plates, the variety of types of food was also fantastic. I myself went for squid, anchovies and ox tongue dishes, but the selection across our whole table included beef cheeks (which looked ridiculously good), asparagus and eggs, prawns, whiting and so many other goodies, even just the bread and oil put on the table was to die for! Washed down with a HUGE jug of delicious sangria, we all left very happy indeed.
The price was very reasonable for the sheer amount of food we ended up with, and the sangria for $50 easily had enough for 4 people to have multiple glasses so that was fantastic value. I would 100% come back to this spot on my next trip to Melbourne, and it definitely lived up to the hype that surrounds the food scene in Melbourne.
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