This is an old post but stuck in my ever growing draft folder. Although because of the buzz of St Ali South & North we had to check it out. Warehouse turned into a pretty nifty coffee house. Come at the wrong time and be prepared to wait in line. Read more
The first thing the Schweppes guys asked me when I walked into Stokehouse for the Nuffnang Foodathon was did you want a ‘mocktail‘ or a ‘cocktail‘. If you know me, you don’t have to ask. Pile in the aaaa-alcohol!!! I’m not that bad but when I have a few I’m known to do a few silly things. I’m very responsible with my alcohol, so I made sure I didn’t drive.
Everyone having a great time by the beach, cocktail in hand followed by some awesome desserts matched with the Schweppes cocktails. The weather was nice that day but started to turn pear shape as the sun set but that didn’t stop the Cocktails coming.
Let the cocktails roll in. There were a number of pre-drinks which I took advantage of such as gin and tonic, mojito’s but here’s a few of the drinks and desserts that we tried.
This cocktail looks like The Rose Revolution with gin, watermelon, coriander leaves, a few drops of rose water and Schweppes lemonade but apparently it’s a Creole Crush, anyways to match them Stokehouse provided some Watermelon Sorbet…sooo good!!!
Next we had some Blood Orange Cosmopolitan mixed with vodka, cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice, a few drops of bitters and Schweepes Blood Orange. I like this one and probably guzzled down 2 or 3.
By this point I would of had a few too many cocktails so I’m guessing this was the Mojito mixed with rum, mint leaves, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and Schweppes Soda Water. This went down real easy as you can tell with the ingredients and to follow it came matched with some mango, mint sorbet and chilli (that’s right chilli). Was a bit hesitant to try it and didn’t know if it would work well but surprisingly it was my favourite dessert of the night.
There was still more to come and by this point I was high on mixed drinks and good tasty desserts. Here’s more of the dishes that followed:
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The sun was about to set, the clouds were intimidating the beach goers and we were all full and in high spirits. What a way to top off the evening after a hard days work.
A BIG Thank You to the Nuffnang gang and and to Shelli @Codenamemax for organising the event and not to forget Stokehouse & Schweppes for hosting the awesome lineup of cocktails and desserts!
And here’s a little something before I go, LOL:
Obviously Next Door to Movida (The Original). A small bar serving an awesome lineup of tappas and located on the corner of Flinders St and a funky laneway called Hosier Ln where graffiti, camera enthusiasts and wedding shoots are a regular occurance.
We went on a Saturday afternoon for a late lunch so it wasn’t too busy, as we entered we were quickly greated by one of the waiters and escorted to a seat on the bar. Probably the best place to sit so you can easily order and speak to the waiter while you eat and drink, that’s if you’re not there to stare into each others eyes while you hold hands.
Nothing fancy about the look of the menu but the lineup of tappas on order looked tantalising and looking at a few other dishes of people around us, made our mouths water. Plus as it was 2pm, our stomachs were growling, loudly.
To help cool us down from the 36C heat we quickly ordered some sparkling mineral water and allowed our eyes to wander around its decor.
Complimentary bread rolls! My philosophy is if a restaurant serves you complimentary bread rolls and they taste good, then their food must be good! haha. Movida’s bread rolls were fried and crunchy but soft to eat and seasoned nicely. I was hooked on them and would of been satisfied eating them all day long.
I don’t know why, but I seem to always want to order oysters just like when I go to a Japanese restaurant I almost always order sashimi or raw beef tataki. It’s either habit or just a personal favourite to start off a lovely meal.
Oysters weren’t anything special although they were shucked on the spot and were presented nicely.
Next we had some Fried Croquettes with Wild Mushrooms. They were tiny little things but what waited inside was something special. The creamy light mushroom filling and thin layer of bread crumb batter was two contrasting textures that had great flavour.
I wasn’t convinced with the next tappas dish so we only ordered one. But boy was I wrong on this hot day. We ordered a serving of the Ajo Blanco Chilled Almond soup with Grape Granita. It was refreshingly delicious. You could really taste the almond flavour from the cold soup and the grape granita was soft but had a little crunch to it. If you mixed it up a bit and let it sit, the two flavours combined nicely. I loved it so much, I ordered another one.
The last dish we tried which was the highlight. Knowing how fresh the seafood was gave us more reason to try it. Yabbies were live and crawling freely in the window with the other seafood items.
Now that they’ve been ordered, that’s right yabbies, you’re our lunch!!! We saw the chef prepare the yabbies and we were excited. One minute they’re happily crawling around then the next minute they’ve been ordered and ready to be chopped in half and served for lunch or dinner.
The Yabbies were served in the pan they were cooked in, probably around 4 yabbies split in half and cooked in a good mixture of garlic, butter, parsley (I think), a few other ingredients and the juices from the yabbies itself. Scrumptous things they were!
The waiter told us a funny comment a customer made earlier where they wanted to have the yabbie dish but not the live ones in the window. LOL…what yabbies did they want? The live ones in the back?
Anyway what I loved most was the bread rolls that came with them so we could dip them into the yabbie sauce. Like I said before, the bread rolls were awesome, so we asked for more as we quickly gobbled the first batch down.
Overall I had a very pleasant experience at Movida Next Door where the service was great, the food was more than great and the bread rolls were awesome! LOL!
I believe the dishes were fairly priced for the great selection of tappas. I haven’t tried the Original Movida but I’m pretty sure Movida Next Door does it proud. Location is great and when it’s not busy you have time to speak with the waiters and enjoy the food without having people bump into you or shout to have a conversation.
Location: 1 Hosier Ln, Melbourne, 3000
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“Casual dining bar” is exactly what it suggests, not overally large dishes, one dish won’t fill you up so this is a bar you go to for late afternoon or as an after dinner bite. Above is a rice noodle with roe dressed with strips of seaweed. Below we have a beautiful sashimi salad which doesn’t disappoint….
The dishes are delicately prepared and presented to please. The raw fish melts in your mouth and the seaweed and salad is refreshingly delightful…
I crave for tataki and it looks like the more expensive types of Japanese/Korean restaurants like to use quail egg instead of chicken egg. I don’t mind either but quail is probably the preferred. Sorry for the blurry pictures (iPhone 3GS) but you can imagine the setting to be lightly lit and the bar itself is tiny and would fit a maximum or 30 people or probably less. I highly recommend this place. It’s a must if you’re in the area or if you’re up for a casual dining experience with delicately made Japanese food. The dishes are a bit pricey but absolutely worth it.
Location: 19 Liverpool St Melbourne, 3000