Melbourne's ever ravenous foodies can never get enough of the MoVida restaurant empire, which explains why the MoVida Bakery in South Yarra was welcomed to the Spanish family with a great hurrah.
For MoVida head honcho Frank Camorra, the move made complete sense, especially with the presence of baker and pastry chef Michael James, who has been making pastries and bread for MoVida Aqui.
Bread is of course a priority, with sourdough, spelt, soy and linseed and rye and caraway among the varieties to choose from. Those with a hunger for sweets are also very well catered for, with croissants (plain, almond or chocolate, with the option of serving with jam), fruit Danishes in both pear and apple varieties, fat slabs of chocolate brownie and chunky, round doughnuts with lemon custard, rhubarb or salted caramel fillings.
The lunch menu is enough to make any local office worker burst eagerly through the door. There are sandwiches with thick-cut slices of soy and linseed bread, which we recommend you get toasted, especially if it’s the delightful ‘cheese and mush’. Pies and sausage rolls tick the savoury pastries box, while a rotating roster of soups and braised specials are sure to keep the encroaching winter chills at bay. To drink, there’s Lavazza coffee or a San Pellegrino or Kirk’s soft drink.