A view ago I was invited to a very extravagant lunch at Spanish restaurant called Tapas Movida. They open their new branch here in Cilandak Town Square (Citos). I first knew about Tapas Movida is their 1st restaurant that located at Cipete area. But still, never got a chance to try'em.
When you entering the Tapas Movida area, you'll greet by their iconic mascot. It's the black bull on the wall. If you remember the bull fighting from Spain, the one where the matador try to beat the bull, well I guess that's the meaning of the mascot. To remind us from the bull using.
Tapas Movida use the earthy color for their restaurant. We can see the bricks without any painting as their wall. With the open kitchen, we can see their Chef create the magic behind their station. To give a modern look, they use black and white tiles.
Like its name, Tapas Movida served many kind of Tapas or snacks that you can share or you eat by your self. But I always love the idea of sharing with family and friends. The vibe is more kinship.
LYCHEE ICE TEA - IDR 25.000
Lychee Ice Tea always success in every way. It fresh and fragrant.
TRADITIONAL SANGRIA (served by jug) - IDR 295.000
Sangria is a traditional drink from Spain. Usually it contain wine, sliced of fruits and a bit of brandy. But here in Tapas Movida, they don't use wine or brandy. What I like is the fruits is still fresh.
RACIONES (BIG SNACKS)
ESCARGOT - IDR 65.000
A simple and light escargot that served with 3 sliced of baked baguette. What i love from this escargot is that the garlic is not too overpowering but enough to make the escargot taste standout.
GAMBAS AJILLO - IDR 60.000
Garlic Prawns In White Wine Sauce Butter
Loovvee this Gambas Ajillo. It somekind like a comfort food at home. Specially when it still warm. The creaminess and the the garlic not too overpowering with a hint of white wine. Like the consistency also. The thickness is just right. The prawn it self, served really fresh and not fishy.
ALBÓNDIGAS - IDR 45.000
Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce
A tender and juicy meatballs served in the right consistency of a spicy tomato Sauce. But i think it's not too spicy. What bothering me is the tooth pick. It make the appearance a bit unpretty. But luckily it covered with the lovely taste.
MEJILLONES - IDR 45.000
Mussels In White Wine Cream Sauce
A simple mussels from Tapas Movida. A taste not too creamy. Just a hint of a white wine with chopped parsley. Well, this mussels is so recommended. It was insanely good.
TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA - IDR 40.000
Spanish Potato Omelette
The inside is look like the hash brown potato with a smooth texture. Mix with onion a dice of chicken and topped with thin layer of omelette. Served with fresh salad and crunchy baguette.
PULPO A LA GALLEGA - IDR 65.000
A sliced of potato and topped with a juicy and tender octopus. The octopus taste fresh and not fishy. The potato also nicely cooked. The olive oil on the bottom make the garlic so fragrant and seasoned the octopus really great. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. It so delicate.
PINCHOS SNACKS (SMALL SNACKS)
MINI HAMBURGUESA - IDR 15.000 / piece
Mini Hamburger with a fatty patty. But too bad the patty a bit dry and not too juicy. I guess it cooked too long. But the bun is pretty decent. It quite soft.
PINCHOS KEBABS - IDR 25.000
Spicy Kebabs (Chicken, Beef, Shrimp, Vegetable)
Middle East food served in Mexican restaurant. And I guess it success enough. The beef is juicy and tender. A bit hint of spicy. It seasoning well and soak well in to the beef. You can choose whether its chicken kebab, beef kebab, shrimp kebab or even vegetable kebab for the vegetarian foodies.
CROQUETAS - CROQUETTES - IDR 35.000
Spicy Chicken, Shrimp, Egg
A simple snacks that have a well mixed between the spicy chicken and the shrimp. Love the texture. Its soft inside and a bit crisp from the bread flour outside. Better eat while it still warm. More delicate.
PINCHOS de QUESO Y POLLO - IDR 15.000 / piece
Chicken Mozzarella Sticks & Red Pepper Sauce
At first I thought this was a corn dog. From the appearance, it look like one. A long fatty mozzarella combine with chicken in it. It so good when you have it while it still hot. Because the mozzarella will melt in your mouth. The red pepper sauce ad more flavor to the mozzarella.
CHAMPINOSE RELLENOS (NON HALAL)
Mushroom Stuffed with Pork
Since I don't eat pork, so I didn't try this menu. But according to my friend who eat this. Its quite good.
GAMBAS AL A PLANCHA - IDR 45.000
This king prawn that Tapaz Movida served is insanely good. So yummy and finger lickin'. This is the other menu that turn me into a selfish person LOL. Its like i want to have it for my own. The mixed between the garlic and the mozzarella really melt in your mouth. And plus the prawn so fresh and not fishy. You have to try this.
ESPARRAGOS TRIGUEROS (NON HALAL)
Asparagus Rolled with Jamon Ham and Served with Soft Boiled Egg
Didn't try it because it consist pork. But according to my friend this is delicious.
PATATAS BRAVAS con SALCHICHA de TERNERA - IDR 35.000
Spicy Potatoes with Beef Sausage
Simple dish for munching in your spare time. A dice cut potato serve with beef sausage. The taste is decent. Its savory and a bit salty. But it have a good seasoning. The sausage and the potato was perfectly cooked. It tender and soft.
PANCETA ASADA - (NON HALAL)
Crispy Pork Belly and Served with Red Wine Sauce
Again, I didn't try this menu because it made from pork. But my friend said, it's one of the signature dish that you should order because the taste is good.
PINCHO de BONITO - IDR 15.000 / piece
Tuna Fish & Candied Tomato
Shredded tuna fish combine with candied tomato. What make it fresh is the olive above. So its coombination between savory and sour. This is good.
TERNERA con PIMIENTO ROJO HUEVO de CORDONIZ - IDR 35.000
Tenderloin Roasted Red Peppers and Quail Egg
Love the ternderloin. Eventhough not too juicy, but it still tender and well seasoning. The olive add the sourness to this dish. Served with quail egg that cooked beautiful. Lovely!
PRINCIPALES MAINS (MAIN COURSE)
PAELLA de MIXTA - IDR 135.000 ( for 2 PAX)
Chicken and Seafood.
Paella is a traditional main course from Spanish. This iconic dish usually consist of rice, seafood, beef, poultry and vegetables. This time, Tapas Movida served us Paella de Mixta. Its a combination between the chicken, seafood and vegetables. The crazy thing is, in the menu it wrote that this Paella is for 2 pax. OMG! It even can feed 4 peoples. It so huge with generous toppings in it. Like the fluffiness of the rice. It also fragrant with saffron in it as a main seasoning. Paella is another must order menu when you visit Mexican restaurant.
CORDERO - IDR 195.000 ( for 2 PAX)
Lamb Shank with Gratin Potatoes and Lamb Jus
If you don't like lamb because it usually smelly, well... you'll never find that smell in this Cordero. Because Tapas Movida cooked it to perfection. It so tender and easily cut-off from the bone. The lamb jus add the flavor that make this lamb shank more flavorful.
CREMA CATALANA - IDR 55.000
Its basically a Crème Brulee. I love the consistency of this crema catalana. Its not too sweet with the right thickness texture of the custard. The caramel crust on top give the crunchy texture to this dessert. With a hint of cinnamon in it making this dessert a sweet treat from Tapas Movida
CHURROS SPANISH - IDR 35.000
Churros is a signature dessert from Spain. Its basically a Spanish Doughnut. The base is flour and cinnamon to add flavor. In tapas Movida version, the churros not too flaky and fluffy.
CHOCOLATE MARQUISE - IDR 55.000
Alert for chocolate lover. This chocolate's basic made from dark chocolate. I like the texture. Not too dense so when we eat it, it melt in your mouth in suddenly. Eventhough it a bit too sweet, but its balance with the dark chocolate.
One thing that we should note regarding this TAPAS MOVIDA. even though they served NON HALAL menu, bu they separate the kitchen tools from the HALAL one. Its so relieving for those who don't eat pork like me.
Overall, I really had a great time here. Have an opportunity taste many kind of variety an authentic Mexican food. Learning culture through food is always a fantastic experience. Thanks Riz & Tapas Movida for having me that day.
TAPAS MOVIDA CILANDAK TOWN SQUARE
Citos Mall, Ground Floor
Jl TB Simatupang, South Jakarta
Phone : (021) 2904.2818
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