MoVida Aqui and The Flan

We managed to score a table at Movida Aqui & Terrazza (500 Bourke St Level 1) where we over-ordered because we wanted to try everything on the menu. The space was huge and decorated with milk crates surrounding the bar tables and the open ktichen, the atmosphere was lively and happy. Definitely a fun way to finish the night ๐Ÿ™‚

We took fairly long to decide what we wanted to order but we started off with a jug a sangria because Bill was craving something fruity… and a complimentary board of bread and olive oil for dipping. Soon the Tapa Clasicas started to arrive; I love calamari so I had to order the calamari sandwich which came with this beautiful garlicky mayonnaise while B wanted to try the anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet – I’m not a fan of anchovies but I didn’t want to take a bite out of Bill’s and just ordered one for myself too and I loved the cooling sensation of the tomato sorbet against the warmth of the anchovy, it also balanced out the saltiness of the anchovy so was very nice to eat. I also love potatoes, so the catalan potato bomb was next on my list and oh my god I could have had more of these little babies. These tasty morsels were crisp and perfect though I think the chorizo must have been minced (for some reason I expected to find a piece of chorizo in the middle much like an onigiri). And that was the end of our tapas.

I would have been happier if we had a few vege dishes but B is more of a meat guy than veges so we ordered the Jamones which he finished most of because it was too salty for me unless I ate it with bread which I already finished off (I’m preeettty sensitive to salt, I like sugar more). We also ordered the pork belly with truffle? (I forget) from the specials menu and was recommended by our waitress as a must-have, probably because the skin was so crunchy, the meat and peaches were so tender and juicy. The speed of food arriving at our table slowed down when we got to the raciones, so much that we ended up ordered an extra dish of croquetas filled with spicy pork and forgetting we were still waiting on our crab omelette..d’oh. Of course they both came at once, when we were practically stuffed to the brim, the crab omelette was light and fluffy but I couldn’t enjoy the croquetas as much because for one I was full and two I was already too much in love with the bomba.

We were unable to finish the croquetas and Bill was ready to call it a night but I still wanted dessert even though I was really really really full. B said he could only commit to one bite of dessert, and I was sure I couldn’t finish the rest of a dessert myself so we decided to just ask for the bill –  I guess Bill saw the sadness in my eyes and reasoned that we would regret not trying dessert here and ended up ordering the flan. The flan was the one dessert to rule them alllll, so simple but so fricken DELICIOUS, we both could not get enough of it, it had just the right amount of sweetness and went down so smoothly – I was fighting over each spoonful creme caramel with a man who said he could only commit to ONE BITE. I was so so glad we ended up ordering dessert :))))))) and I’ve actually been craving it ever since. – it was that good.

It was definitely a fun and casual night within the lively, spacious atmosphere of the restaurant. The service was attentive with the waiter refilling our sangria, bringing more ice and the waitress checking up on how we were going in terms of food. They were both also really patient when I was very indecisive about what foods to order… I’d love to go back again with more friends so I can try a wider variety of dishes.

  
Movida Aqui

  
Sangria

  
I spy croquetas

  
Bocadillo de calamares
Calamari sandwich with Basque guindilla and mayonnaise

  
Anchoa
Hand filleted Cantabrian Artisan anchovy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet

  
Bomba
Catalan Potato bomb filled with chorizo

  
Jamones 50 grams served with pa amb tomaquet
Serrano ‘Montesano’ artisan mountain ham 24 months

  
Pork Belly (from the specials menu)

  
Crab Omelette (from the specials menu)

  
Croquetas
spicy pork croquettes

  
Flan
Crème caramel served with pestino
(haha check out the quality of this photo… you can tell the sangria worked it’s magic by now… but seriously guys even though its a crap photo it was DELICIOUS)
  

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Melbourne Snacking Eats

Unfortunately we were only in Melbourne for the weekend so we made sure to make the most of it. After arriving we checked out the real reason we were in Melbourne – the ACMI Disney Dreams Come True exhibition (I am a die hard Classic Disney fan… The Little Mermaid is my favourite movie and Sleeping Beauty comes in at a close 2nd) ๐Ÿ™‚ Last year when we were at Hong Kong Disneyland we walked into a discreet Animation gallery which we both absolutely loved. The walls of the tiny room were littered with drawings of Disney films some which were concept art, story sketches, sketches on graphite paper, celluloid pictures and small statues. The exhibition at the ACMI was a baajjjiirrrion times better – I was in heeeaven, if you’re a fan of Classic Disney then you should definitely check it out. After spending well over four hours there (there was LOTS to see, they even had films by Walt Disney explaining the process, and snippets of each film), we checked into our hotel and started to eat our way through the Melbourne CBD.

The Soup Place 
Walking through windy and cold Degraves St, we spotted a decent line at The Soup Place (Shop 14 Centre Place, 256-260 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) and decided on a hearty soup to warm us up. The tiny tucked away shop had laneway seating but we only managed to grab a seat inside the tiny little shop. B chose a Bacon, Potato and Leek soup which was far more tastier than my Minestrone soup which was bland, really salty and not chunky enough for my liking which were served with a plate of lightly toasted bread albeit a little stale. I ended up swapping soups with B even though he didn’t want my Minestrone either ๐Ÿ™‚ That is love.
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The Sensory Lab
After a wee bit of shopping, trying on bags and clothes I needed a coffee break bad and Bill just needed to sit. The Sensory Lab (David Jones, 297 Little Collins St) is located inside David Jones, as soon as you walk in you’re welcomed by a barista at the "lab" – a row of syphon filters bubbling away. After seeing the syphon filters, I knew I had to have it. The friendly barista recommended a nutty coffee (sorry I forgot the blend) to try black with the syphon while Bill had a flat white. The waitress advised to drink the coffee over 15minutes as the more you let it rest the flavour deepens. I really enjoyed the coffee which came in the syphon, it was mild and easy to drink. Teehee I had fun pouring the coffee from the syphon to the cup too, even Bill wanted to have a go. They also sell a variety of coffee beans, tea and syphons and espressso machines.
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Chokolait
Bill’s mum requested a box of chocolate from KoKo Black which we visited last time we were in Melbourne, on our way there through the Royal Arcade we stumbled upon Chokolait (Shop 8, 318 Little Collins St). Craving some hot chocolate to cure me of back pain, we bought two handmade Belgium truffles; one covered in cocoa and the other covered in chocolate flakes and I indulged in a Dark Hot Chokolait while Bill was more sensible and girly and ordered an Iced Strawberry. The Dark Hot Chokolait was freshly made to order and was thick and smooth and sadly I struggled to finish it. I much prefer Chokolait than Koko Black, the atmosphere is much warmer and the owners are really friendly, did you know they make all their cakes too? I feel that Chokolait provides a more personal and indulgent experience ๐Ÿ™‚
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Dreams Come True

 
Walked pass the Belgium Waffle Stand to…

 
The Soup Place

 
Minestrone Soup with side of bread (slightly stale)

 
Past some seedy alleys to…

 
The Sensory Lab

 
Syphon Coffee

 
Syphon Filter

 
Past some gothic buildings to..

 
Chokolait Belgium Truffles

 
Classic Dark Hot Chokolait

 
Iced Strawberry

 And then there was dinner…