Part two of our recent trip to Melbourne was a drop into MoVida Next Door. There are a couple restaurants in the MoVida franchise in Melbourne but Next Door is by far our favourite. It's nearly impossible to get into on a Saturday evening but it's definitely worth a try - and you can usually get a seat for most lunch services.
The restaurant is located at the corner of Flinders St and the famous Hosier Lane. Check it out during the day to see all the interesting and cool graffiti. I don't think I've ever walked down the lane and not seen a couple people with cameras snapping shots.
First up, wet the whistle with a cool Moritz. I am definitely looking forward to a few of these during our upcoming Spain trip!
Next Door's menu consists of a set of options from their conservas (tinned tapas), tapas, and raciones (to share) dishes. There are also a myriad of other specials that you can choose from - almost all are fantastic. Our first dish was a couple boquerones, which are white anchovies on a crouton with roasted cherry tomato.
Next was my personal favourite, the bocadillo de chorizo. It's a chorizo and pickled pepper sandwich. It also has a garlic mayonaise. It can be messy but it is seriously the tastiest sandwich I've had in ages!
The conservas range consists of a number of tinned tapas options. I've seen an episode recently of "No Reservations" and Tony Bourdain was in northern Spain where he raved about the tinned tapas he was served. These are seriously fantastic and are sure to become a staple in our house. It's hard to choose just one but we enjoyed the mejillones, which are mussels in a Galician (spicy) sauce with pickled garlic and crusty bread.
To finish up, we enjoyed a couple bombas, which are a potato ball filled with chorizo and Catalan spicy sauce. They were great and also a bit filling.
If you're ever in Melbourne I highly recommend a visit to MoVida Next Door. It's pretty easy to rack up a big bill with all the variety on offer but you can't come much closer to a top tapas bar from Spain than this small, busy, slice of heaven in the Melbourne CBD.