Posted by: Debra Kolkka | January 26, 2017


I have not been a huge fan of tapas until I went to Movida in Hosiers Lane in Melbourne. It is not easy to get a booking at this popular restaurant, but if you go just as they open at midday it is usually possible to find a spot at the bar.

I was alone, so I only have 5 delicious tapas to show you.

Anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet. This explodes with flavour in your mouth.


Duck liver pate with pickled cucumber on grilled sourdough.


Pressed pork sandwich, tomato jam and quail’s egg.


Baby cos with anchovy and pickled garlic.


Fried zucchini flower filled with scallop mousse served with bisque mayonnaise.


I have enjoyed good tapas in Barcelona, but the Movida take on this is stunning. I think they need to open a branch in Brisbane.

If you are in Melbourne you must try Movida.


  1. I am in Melbourne and I must get there- one of those places that I need to visit for sure.

    • I think there is more than one Movida in Melbourne, but I have only been to this one. The first time I went a chap sitting beside me at the counter told me I had to order the anchovy with the tomato sorbet. I am so glad he did, it is amazing.

      • I think, from memory there are 2 others – also excellent – we go at around 8 pm and it’s always packed but then it’s not very large

      • Yes, there are two. I did go years ago to the first one, I recall this event quite clearly now. We were with two greedy friends who weren’t so good at sharing small plates. Must go with Mr T, or do what you do- visit alone.

  2. Looks very good . I have put Movida on the list for my visit to Melbourne mid year.

    • It is possible to book, but do so early.

  3. Looks like they really need to open in Brisbane……

    • That would be great.

  4. Haven’t tried this but have heard it’s great 👍

  5. Visit every time I go to Melbourne – fabulous food – great that our sons live there Deb !!!

    • I have been twice now, I love it.

  6. That looks delicious, Deb!! Will certainly visit Movida next time we’re in Melbourne. The cafes along Flinders Lane are usually great to explore culinary delights.

    • You must! There is great food in Melbourne.

  7. I was intrigued by your photos and the name of the place. The tapas looked yummy and innovative and I looked at their website…
    Yes, the owner was trained in Spain and even the Spanish Consul in Melbourne recommends the place.
    But wait until you come to San Sebastián, Debra, it is the very best for tapas, or “pintxos” as we call them….

    • I have heard all about the food in San Sebastián and I can’t wait to get there.

  8. Hi Debra, Can you remember what it cost?

    • The tapas were $4.50 or $5.00 each.

  9. Such perfect and enticing mouthfuls so – if sans Senpbastian is better … lets go!

  10. When we are going to Melbourne next, I will remember to book before we leave Perth, just to be sure we don’t miss out….it looks fabulous!

  11. Delicious! Ha — went there too (only to see the street art). Think we are following each other.

  12. I love little plates so tapas is really fun and good for me! 😀

  13. Oh my, this looks so very different from most of the tapas I’ve had in Spain. The best were in San Sebastián – a local friend took me to several places that elevated Basque tapas (they call them pintxos) to an art form. I am thinking of going to Melbourne sometime next year so will keep Movida in mind!

    • Yes, quite different from the tapas we had in Spain…and very good. I have a friend in San Sebastián who tells me theirs are the best. I can’t wait to get there.

  14. Those looks so good!!

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