Since opening its doors in 2002 by Barcelona-born Chef Frank Camorra, MoVida has been an iconic long-standing tapas bar in Melbourne. The MoVida brand soon developed into an empire and Camorra gained a legendary reputation for creating innovative Spanish cuisine whilst still staying true to his traditional Spanish roots. So when the email from Denizen arrived in my inbox that MoVida is doing a four-week event at Josh Emmet’s Ostro City Terrace, I quickly made reservations.
With a menu specially designed for the Auckland month-long event, we decided to sample almost everything on the tapas menu and these were charged per piece (around $4 to $7). Additionally, we ordered the slow braised beef and the roasted parsnip with goats curd which was my favourite dish of the night.
Clockwise from top left: Oyster w/ apple, fino sherry and Jamon; Pressed pork toast w/ green lipped mussel; Cloudy Bay clam w/ parsley and black garlic; Venison tartar w/ cracked wheat and salt cod puree
Clockwise from top left: Slow braised beef cheek w/ cauliflower puree; Roasted parsnip w/ barberries, cracked wheat and goats curd; Potato bomb w/ chorizo and red mojo dressing; Jerusalem artichoke croquette
Our Spanish dinner did not come cheap. We ended up ordering another round of tapas and also had room for dessert. My dining companions and I never had the opportunity to experience the original MoVida so we can’t compare. The overall consensus around the table was that the meal was pleasant, but nothing to write home about. However, this has not deterred me from trying the original MoVida in Melbourne!
MoVida Auckland Pop Up | Ostro City Terrace, 52 Tyler Street, Britomart