Movida – best Spanish food in Sydney

Movida – 50 Holt, Sydney.

I had been wanting to go to Melbourne for a long time to try Movida. So when I heard that it opened up in Sydney, I was overjoyed as it would save me a trip to Melbourne 🙂 When my brother asked me to pick a nice restaurant for a dinner, it was a no brainer – particularly given a few friends were raving about it just a few days before.

Trying to get a reservation at Movida can be tough – when I called for two weeks ahead, it was booked out but I was told I could turn up around 5pm and wait for a table. Seriously? Luckily, a cancellation came through so I got off the waitlist! For a Saturday night – lucky 🙂

The restaurant itself is very sleek but also has a great vibe – the bar area was buzzing, while the mix of high and low seating in the restaurant created a great atmosphere.

I love tapas, and the fact that there were 4 of us meant we got to try a fair bit. What we ate:

  • PAMPLONA – Cured chorizo sausage ($14): a great starter – slices of chorizo were perfect with the olives and wine 🙂
  • ACEITUNA – olives: Gordal & Sevillanos ($7.50 ): really fresh olives, the marinade was great
  • PATATAS BRAVAS – Confit Potatoes with a Spicy Bravas Sauce ($13): another nice starter, seasoned very well
  • CERDO CROQUETA DF – Sticky Pork Croquettes served with Gribiche ($7.5 each): these were good, but I liked the special better, which was a clam and chorizo croqueta
  • BUTIFARRA – Housemade Pork and Pepper Catalan Sausage served with Housemade Morcilla and Chickpeas ($21.5): a really good dish, loved the sausage and chickpea combination 🙂
  • ESPINACAS CON GARBANZOS – Spinach & Chickpeas with Garlic, Cumin, Paprika & Sherry Vinegar ($14.5): loved the chickpeas with the spinach, a great complement to all the meaty dishes we had
  • CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE – Spanish Doughnuts with Rich Drinking Chocolate ($14.5): boy were the churros good – so light and fluffy, while the chocolate sauce was more on the bitter side. If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate, I would stay away.
  • TARTA SANTIAGO – Almond Fondant with Fennel Pollen Ice-Cream ($16.5): while I didn’t try this, N seemed to love it
  • BOCADILLO DE HELADO – Dulce Leche Ice Cream with Mantecados & Banana in Butterscotch ($17.5): this was DIVINE – my pick of the desserts. While it sounds like a heavy dessert, it didn’t feel like it at all – loved the dulce leche with the butterscotch

We had wine to accompany our meal, but next time I definitely want to try the sangria!

Churros con chocolate :)

Churros con chocolate 🙂

All in all, a great dining experience. In terms of tapas, it would be up there for me in Sydney with Bodega, the Argentinian inspired tapas restaurant in Surry Hills. In terms of Spanish food, it’s my new favourite in Sydney 🙂 Welcome to Sydney, Movida!

the verdict: 8/10 – a great all round experience – great food, a fun ambience and good service

don’t forget to order: the pamplona to start, and the bocadillo de helado to finish – just divine 🙂

to try next time: sangria and more of the changing specials

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