So this restaurant, Tapas Movida, is located in Cipete area, which is actually quite close from my house in Jakarta. As planned before, we went there in a Friday evening, feeling totally excited to try some authentic Spanish cuisines. There were not many people when we arrived, I was a bit surprised as I thought the restaurant seems to be quite popular (especially during weekends) from the information I got in the internet. Nonetheless, the moment I stepped into the restaurant, I was mesmerized by how beautiful and romantic the interior is. We picked the smoking area and it was really beautiful. The table and chair design is so unique I couldn’t stop taking pictures. And the most interesting is, even the smoking area has air conditioners installed. Apparently when they were first opened, it was not like that, but because of Jakarta’s hot weather, they decided to close the area with glass windows and thank God we didn’t experience the former one.
|The beautiful smoking area|
|The table that we picked, totally unique!|
|The candlestick on every table, very original and romantic.|
The non-smoking area is located in the front side, with the bar and cake display. They have the booth type of seatings and I think the lightings are a bit darker than the smoking area.
|Bar area with large selection of wines|
|Booth seats, perfect for families or friends who want more intimacy.|
|Great place to enjoy sip of drinks accompanied with authentic tapas.|
|Cake display that makes your mouth waters just thinking about it.|
|Small stage where they perform live music every Friday and Saturday night.|
|Saint – IDR 30.000+++|
|Pintxo de pollo moruno con salsa de yogur y queso – IDR 17.500+++
(Chicken skewers with yoghurt sauce and cheese)
|Calamares en su tinta con arroz blanco – IDR 35.000+++
(Squid stuffed with tentacles and served with tomato rice)
|Esparragos trigueros con huevos pasados por agua – IDR 30.000+++
(Pan-fried green asparagus wrapped in ham served with a 4 minutes boiled egg)
|Patata confitada con salmon y compota de manzana – IDR 30.000+++
(Candied potato layered with smoked salmon and apple compote)
Here comes my favorite of the day! You know, potatoes and salmon are totally my favorite, and here I got them in one plate, topped with cinnamon, too! I couldn’t even stop admiring how beautiful the presentation was. The layered potatoes topped with a slice of smoked salmon, added with Spanish green olive, it was just amazing. I cut small portion first and ARGHH I love how perfect the collaboration between sweetness of candied potatoes and saltiness of the smoked salmon was. It was absolutely delightful and memorable.
|Tosta de queso brie y cebolla caramelizada – IDR 20.000+++
(Pinchos topped with brie cheese and caramelized onion)
Contrary to the one above, this was the only one menu that I didn’t really like that day. I am not a cheese fan, especially I can never enjoy any type of blue cheese, so I kind of expected that. I tried a small amount of the cheese first before I started, and I just couldn’t like it. The caramelized onion was slightly overcooked and too sweet for my taste, but the bread and meat did help, a lot.
When I had my first bite, I didn’t know that it was octopus. The texture was so tender I thought it was some kind of sausage wrapped with octopus slices or something. It was interesting because I had never eaten octopus this soft, like eating effortless. Later we found out that the octopuses are actually imported directly from Atlantic ocean (if my memory doesn’t fail me), so that’s why their octopuses are just different from the ones we get here in Indonesia. It was nice and fresh, a bit too salty but maybe I have to get used to the strong flavors of the cuisines as they use large varieties of herbs.
|Champinones rellenos – IDR 30.000+++
(Mushroom cooked in garlic butter filled with ham, mozzarella cheese topped with a fried egg)
|Gambas al ajillo – IDR 55.000+++
(Traditional Spanish prawns in olive oil, garlic and white wine)
|Panceta asada – IDR 70.000+++
(Roast pork belly with red wine juice)
One word to describe this: SUPERB. Love the pork: crispy skin and tender meat, love the red wine sauce. Definitely one of their very best.
|Paella de Marisco – IDR 330.000+++
(Chicken and Seafood with Spanish yellow rice)
Paella is one of original Spanish cuisines which is usually served on the pan itself and can be shared for 4-6 person. We were already full when it came out, but because it just looked so beautiful we couldn’t resist it (err, excuse, excuse). The pan was really big, literally big, because it immediately occupied the table XD We were just amazed by the paella itself, the size, the beauty, the color, and the taste. I personally think that it was the best paella I have ever had until now, all I can think is just, perfect, perfect, and perfect.
|Solomillo de ternera con vegetales – IDR 395.000+++
(Beef tenderloin -Wagyu grade 7- with sauteed potatoes, pan-fried asparagus and rich red wine sauce)
This was the menu that Mr. Riz ordered for himself, but we got to try the beef. Oh God, I literally wanted to cry! The beef was cooked medium-well, which was perfect, the meat was juicy and tender, the sauce helped enhancing the taste of the meat, the asparagus were perfectly pan-fried, and the potatoes were looking great. I even liked all the plates they serve the food on, they are so beautiful and very Mediterranean in my opinion.
We also got the chance to meet the owner (and head chef) of Tapas Movida, Mr. Manuel Verdaguer, who is a very fine man with warm personality. He didn’t join us most all the time though, as he had to manage the kitchen when the food were served, but later we got the chance to ask some questions that he answered generously. From what we concluded, he seems to really know what he does, and he really puts his heart into it. One thing for sure, everything in the menu seems very original, maybe you can find the same menu in other Spanish restaurants, but here everything is done with personal touch and that’s what makes it special.
They offered us some desserts, and although we were very full that time, we thought, why not?
|Churros con chocolate – IDR 30.000+++
(Spanish strips of fried doughnut)
I was overjoyed when a plate of churros was served on our table. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love churros? I am not a sweet-tooth, but I can never, ever resist churros served with chocolate. And there in front of me, I got a beautiful plate of golden brown churros topped with fresh strawberry, accompanied with a cute cup of yummy-looking chocolate. I remember Mr. K was like, ARGHHH YUMMY when he took the first bite. I was like “….”, but geez, it was SO DELICIOUS! The churros had slight taste of cinammon and I totally fell in love to it. When we dipped it into the chocolate, I swear I could have just stayed there forever munching on their churros. Yes, it was THAT good. And since I love dark chocolate, it was totally perfect for me because they use 58% one, which was perfect.
Honestly, I am really impressed by the quality of food this restaurant serves. I can’t even find anything to complain about. Some of the ingredients which I usually don’t like, I could eat there and even really love it, like for example, the yoghurt sauce and cheese. Both of these ingredients are really not my cup of tea, but there, I actually took the liberty to spoon some to my plate and I used that for practically every other dishes that I ate. Amazing, isn’t it?
If you plan to eat many types of tapas, you can also order the set menu, ranging from IDR 150.000+++/person for 8 types of tapas to IDR 300.000+++/person for 13 types of tapas and a portion of Paella. It is not a bad price for all the variety you can try, and trust me, it’s worth every cents you pay because the food are so good and satisfying.
I think the only disappointing aspect is the service. It was not bad, but I just didn’t get to feel the friendliness. The manager on duty was great, though. He was informative, helpful and knowledgeable, that is much more than we can ask for.
Nevertheless, it was such an amazing experience during our short trip to Jakarta this time, and I hope that I can come back there again in the near future.