Melbourne’s iconic MoVida Spanish restaurant is coming to Geelong

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Melbourne’s iconic MoVida Spanish restaurant is coming to Geelong

MoVida, one of Melbourne's top dining destinations, is opening on Little Malop Street in Geelong next year.

A name renowned across Melbourne for its traditional flair and flavour, MoVida is the restaurant by Frank Camorra that has truly ignited the city’s love for modern Spanish food.

Universally acclaimed as one of Melbourne’s best dining destinations, in more recent years we were fortunate enough to experience MoVida Lorne, a classic Spanish tapas dining experience, but with a beachside twist and an added emphasis on cuisine made from local, fresh seafood.

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While MoVida Lorne closed its coastal doors back in June, Camorra is in the midst of planning a takeover in his hometown Geelong. Having earned his cooking stripes in the regional city many moons ago at the now-closed Bamboleo Spanish Restaurant (now Sabroso Pintxos Bar), the Corio-raised chef will return to his humble beginnings and open the doors to his fifth MoVida in the exact same street.

As reported by Good Food, MoVida Geelong is slated to open early 2023, taking over the former (and entirely iconic) Eureka Hotel band room, in the side street off Little Malop Street.

The beloved pub closed down in 2017 and was subdivided. The main part of the venue transformed into Westend, an eatery with the modern interpretation of a great pub, dining room and a bar in a refreshed, pretty schmick and lively space. There’s also their function space, Westend Social, adjoining Westend on little Malop street.

Design works are reportedly in the works, with the venue expected to seat between 80 and 90, featuring all the best bits of MoVida including an open kitchen with all the delicious MoVida favourites and some new creations perfect for intimate dinners, a get-together with extended family or date nights.

As for the the bar, it’s sure to focus on local wines, whiskies and gins, with room to while away the afternoon, snacking on tapas, and enjoying the sights and sounds of the bustling Little Malop Street.

Until then, you can get your MoVida fix in Melbourne’s Hosier Lane and Bourke Street. Find more here