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MoVida Sydney – Surry Hills, Spanish Restaurant Review

Life is full of lessons – I can’t believe I just opened a foodie blog post with that line – and one of the lessons I’ve been taught recently by a work colleague, is that the suburb of Surry Hill aint so bad. In fact, it is actually freaking great! After avoiding the suburb for far too long, I’ve only recently started to explore it’s streets and alleyways once more.

The last time I visited Surry Hills, I couldn’t help but describe it as being little Melbournesque with it’s trendy cafes and vibrant culture. Which is quite fitting because the last time I visited MoVida was in Melbourne.

Back then I fell in love with the restaurant and not just because of it’s food, but it’s location as well. Thankfully the Sydney restaurant carries on my love for MoVida because the food here is brilliant, even if the location isn’t as striking.

Stepping inside, MoVida Sydney is a beautiful restaurant with a very appealing decor; although I can’t help but miss the raw, unpolished charm of it’s Melbourne sibling.

Okay, enough reminiscing about Melbourne, moving onto the food. On this occasion we ordered the following from the menu, which I admit is a tad too much for just two people.

Sangria – $9.00

I’m sorry but you can’t start any Spanish meal without a Sangria, so this just had to be ordered. Yum!

Tabla de Embutidos – $28.50
Selection of Small Goods.

This is an excellent first dish to have with your drink. Easy to eat with all but one of the meat tasting great. The one exception (2nd from the left in the photo) was a little too strong for my liking.

Calabacin – $9.00 each
Zucchini filled with Crab served with Pea and Mint Gazpacho.

Anything that has crab in it, is a must try item for me and my God am I glad I tried this one. Soooooooo delicious. So so delicious! Definitely the dish of the night for me. I can’t wait to go back and order a few more of these.

Bocadillo de Chorizo – $7.20 each
Grilled Chorizo and Padron Sandwich.

My mate had this dish and going by the smile on his face, I think he was thoroughly satisfied. Something for me to order on my next visit I think?

Pescado – $24.50
Patagonian Toothfish pan fried in Egg Batter with Samfaina.

This was a last minute addition to our order, mainly because we wanted to get something from the Specials menu. Again, I’m very happy we ordered this because the fish was cooked oh so well. It was literally bursting with flavour with every bite.

Conejo Agridulce – $26.50
Rabbit Leg braised in an Andalucian Sweet and Sour sauce with Pinenuts & Raisins.

I was feeling a little adventurous so I thought I’d order something that I had never eaten before. Rabbit! And I know this is incredibly clichéd, but it really did taste like chicken. Haha! Overall a good dish, although by this stage I was so very full that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have.

Sol Y Sombra – $12.50
Coffee granita with creme catalan foam.

I know I said I was full, but there is always room for dessert, right? :) This was a great alternative for coffee. Again, something I’d never tried before, but was very happy I did.

All in all my experience at MoVida Sydney lived up to the expectations I had set based on it’s Melbourne counterpart. And since we barely got a seat on a Tuesday night, I’m guessing others think just as highly of the restaurant. So if you do find yourself in Surry Hills (and you should!), pop into MoVida Sydney and give it a go.

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  • Food 8/10
  • Ambience 7/10
  • Service 7/10
  • Value 7/10
  • Name: MoVida Sydney
  • Website:
  • Phone: (02) 8964 7642
  • Location: 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Opening Hours: Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week: 12pm to late
  •  MoVida Sydney on Urbanspoon

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