It’s a world away from the back alleys of the original MoVida and MoVida Next Door, but sitting proud in the sun and in the heart of the Bourke Street business grind is MoVida Aqui, sparkling and sleek.
Unusually for the CBD, Aqui has a fair bit of outdoor seating on its shared Level-1 terrace soit’s not uncommon on warmer days for the whole place to look like one big Spanish party.
Inside, Aqui is a long and light space, with large windows and office block chic, warmed up with trademark MoVida Spanish tile lamps and a view to the galley kitchen. Multicoloured milk crates hang artfully above the bar and Euro style posters vie for attention. This is the brightness of Spain, slotted neatly into the Melbourne office day.
The menu is another chance to taste everything we’ve come to know and love from master Spanish chef (and MoVida main man) Frank Camorra; from raciones of octopus terrine or slow braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez, to tapas of potato bomb filled with chorizo, these are share plates at their best. But here there is also – finally – room for Camorra and team to show off their paella skills, with dish sizes ranging from 2-6 people. So grab some friends, settle in with a sherry and share the fun, one dish at a time.