Multicultural Melbourne is truly a global city when it comes to food. A few short years ago, Spanish food and culture could only be found in a small pocket in Fitzroy, one of Melbourne’s fashionable inner suburbs. These days, the city’s best restaurants are smack bang in the middle of the Central Business District (CBD). Here are our pick of the best.
MoVida, 1 Hosier Lane, www.movida.com.au
Melbournians love for this restaurant shows no signs of waning. Morphing from a modern tapas bar to a booked-out restaurant that serves Melbourne’s best tapas and racion, MoVida’s success has spawned another two sister restaurants.
MoVida Next Door, 164 Flinders St, www.movida.com.au
Following in the tradition of an authentic tapas bar, MoVida Next Door (literally next door to its older more expensive sister) has a no-booking policy and serves up moreish racion and tapas. If you can’t wait three months to secure a booking at MoVida, MoVida Next Door is the next best thing.
MoVida Aqui, Level 1, 500 Bourke St, www.movida.com.au
MoVida Aqui has an altogether different feel to its back alley sister restaurants and occupies a long, light space overlooking one of Melbourne’s main thoroughfares. Food is, of course, still top notch, with Spain’s favorite meal, paella, jostling for position among the usual racion.
Mamasita, Level 1, 11 Collins St. www.mamasita.com.au
This Spanish/Mexican bar cum restaurant is Melbourne’s original taqueria. Enjoy fresh seasonal produce, tacos, Spanish beers, wines and tequila.
San Telmo, 14 Meyers Place, www.santelmo.com.au
Invoking the feel of Buenos Aires‘ most bohemian suburb, San Telmo, this restaurant would make any home-sick Argentinian cry. Enjoy succulent cuts of beef cooked on a parilla, empanadas, Argentinian beers, wines and coffee in rustic and unpretentious surrounds.