Moody Chef, Crows Nest

It seemed not so long ago that I was here with my most favourite person in the world. It’s so lonely not having you around but I feel so lucky that you will always have a place for me in your heart. When life gets tough and time passes by too slowly, I can always imagine you reminding me “everything happens for a reason”- even though I have yet to figure out what that reason is.

Anyway, I digress! Moody Chef is one of the few places I love going back to for the relaxed atmosphere, sweet memories and most importantly – good food! There are plenty of indoor (booth seating and private function room) and outdoor options which means it’s pet friendly!

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They have their own range of sauces & jams!

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Milkshake, Wild berry smoothie, Mocha

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Chunky chips with peri-peri aoli ($8.90)

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Poached eggs & Kipfler potato, bacon hash ($17.90)

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Grilled chorizo and roast tomato bruschetta with fresh ricotta, poached eggs & pesto ($16.90)

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Delicious runny poached eggs!

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Poached eggs on spanish txitorra sausage with chickpea fries, chilli jam & wood fired toast ($17.90)

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Nutella and mascarpone pancakes ($15.90)

The Food Zoo experience: The pancakes – oh my – were to die for. I have been going through a nutella phase and what I loved about the pancakes were the generous slabs of nutella between each pancake. Yes… I said “between”!!! I could happily die from a nutella overdose! I also really liked the poached eggs and the chunky fries get a thumbs up from me! I wasn’t a huge fan of the kipfler potatoes and bacon hash (was hoping the potatoes would be crispier and there were bits of hash which were just bacon fat) but there are plenty of other options and I will gladly go back go back to tick off each item from the menu!

The Moody Chef

1/30 Atchison St
St Leonards NSW 2065

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MoVida Aqui, Melbourne CBD

More from Melbourne… The MoVida Aqui, the newer branch of the famous Spanish MoVida Melbourne. I would definitely have wanted to try MoVida at Hosier Lane but apparently it was all booked out. Nevertheless Aqui was absolutely amazing and I’m glad I tried it!

Busy with lots of hustle and bustle around but also happens to remain quite casual. I love how the bar is decorated with red and black milk crates… A nice touch to the environmental and underground feel =)

Complimentary bread and olive oil

Anchoa -Hand-filleted Cantabrian Artisan anchoy on crouton with smoked tomato sorbet ($4.50 each)

A what-the-hell-weird-combination which you just can’t stop eating! The cold tomato sorbet with salty anchovy and crispy crouton… Never would have thought I would enjoy it.

Lengua –  Chargrilled David Blackmore +9 Wagyu Beef tongue with celeraic salad and a slow cooked egg ($16.50)

My absolute favourite dish of the entire Melbourne trip – no joke! The beef tongue was amaaazing and the celeraic salad was so crispy yet thick when mixed with the egg yolk.

Bomba – Catalan potato bomb filled with chorizo ($4.50 each)

I liked the sound of the chorizo and potato combination but unfortunately, not enough chorizo =(

Carillera De Buey – Slowly braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree ($22.50)

Because of this dish… I am now addicted to anything with cauliflower! The meat was cooked so well it practically fell apart in my mouth! Makes me wish I was in Melbourne again…

Pancetta con Morcilla – Confit pork belly and morcilla with apple puree ($23.50)

Hmm I don’t seem to remember tasting the morcilla (especially since I just found out it’s basically “blood sausage”) but I DO remember that everything tasted swell – Nothing like a heavy pork dish served with a sweet apple puree.

MoVida Aqui certainly lived up to expectations (the way they sell themselves on their website is actually true) and I’d be so keen to try the original MoVida Melbourne next time!

MoVida Aqui
500 Bourke St Level 1
Melbourne 3000
T: (03) 9663 3038
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