Where other places look to clean away graffiti as soon as a premises is tagged, the whole laneway owns and encourages the art-form to create a very funky atmosphere.
It is here as well where you can find true, authentic Spanish Tapas at MoVida Next Door. As far as trend-setting goes, this was one of the only places you could find tapas before the small-plate restaurant boom of 2013.
How does it fare against other bite-sized Euro-inspired bars? Let's find out.
A very fashionable friend of mine suggested we dine here, and once again she was right on trend.
We kicked off our bar experience with a bottle of 2012 Sierra Cantabria Tempranillo Viura Garnacha Rioja which was perfect pairing for the seafood-inspired plates we were about to embark on.
- Wild Mushroom Croquetas
- Scotch Egg with Quail Egg, wrapped in Salted Cod
- Organic Egg, Potato & Carameslised Onion Tortilla
The mushrooms in the croqueteas tasted so fresh they had a dense truffle-like nature to them. I loved these.
My pick of these three though was the scotch egg. The quail egg was cooked to absolute perfection with a nice runny yolk. It went so well with the salted cod that was wrapped around it, before being so deliciously crumbed and fried.
The tortilla had a lovely sweet taste to it from the caramelised onions and you could just tell that some excellent quality eggs made it into this mixture.
- Scallops with Crispy Prosciutto and Crème Fraîche
- Seared Duck Breast with Quince Pieces
Both of these offered the most decadent little mouthfuls of goodness. The scallops were still nice and firm on the inside, but seared to an almost caramel-like texture on the outside. Paired with the super crunchy prosciutto, this was a match made in heaven.
The duck was also perfectly cooked, featuring a crispy skin without suffering dried out meat inside. It went swimmingly with the sweet quince pieces.
- Churros Con Chocolate: Spanish Doughnuts with Rich Drinking Chocolate
MoVida Next Door was doing deep-fried goodness so well, we decided to stick with this theme for dessert. The churros pieces were light and fluffy inside and were the perfect golden vehicles for the decadent and slightly bitter drinking chocolate.
Not only did it bring tapas in vogue, but the type of tapas you get at MoVida Next Door is just what you'd expect straight from the Atlantic cost of Andalusia. Only you're lucky enough to be getting it on the Southern coast of Victoria.