Posted by: Debra Kolkka | November 25, 2018

Movida at Curly Flat

Movida is one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne. When I heard they were coming to Curly Flat (my sister’ s vineyard and winery) to do lunch I knew I had to be there.

The day of the lunch turned out to be beautiful. Vintage Hall, the tasting room at Curly Flat is looking wonderful in spring.

Curly Flat

Curly Flat

Curly Flat

Curly Flat

I walked up to the vineyard to see how the new grapes are growing.

Curly Flat

Curly Flat

Only 2 of the guinea fowl would stand still long enough for a photo. They help to keep snakes away and eat a few pests in the vineyard.

Curly Flat

 

The sun disappeared occasionally behind clouds, but stayed out long enough for some great views.

Curly Flat

 


Curly Flat

 

The vines are growing well and there are bunches of tiny grapes.

Curly Flat

When I got at back to Vintage Hall, Frank Camorra, the charming head chef from Movida was busy preparing the fire pit where the paella would be cooked.

The fire was lit.

Curly Flat

The huge frypans soon contained the first ingredients.

Curly Flat

Curly Flat

Saffron was added.

Curly Flat

More adding, stirring and tasting.

Curly Flat

Curly Flat

Looking good. The rice would be added 20 minutes before the dish was served.

Guests arrived.

Curly Flat

The tables were ready.

Curly Flat

Curly Flat

Lunch began. I was very fortunate to sit opposite Emily, Frank’s delightful wife.

Curly Flat

 

The menu.

Curly Flat

 

The delicious food.

Curly Flat

Curly Flat


Curly Flat

Curly Flat

Frank and his excellent team came to chat to guests and answer questions.

Too soon it was all over and the buses took guests away.

There will be another Movida lunch in February. Get in early if you are interested. This one sold out in about 15 minutes.

Thank you Movida and the excellent Curly Flat team for a fabulous day.

 

 


Responses

  1. Curly Flat is looking beautiful – it’s such a gorgeous spot – when in February Deb? Well have to come

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    • I am not sure of the date. Let Jeni know you are interested. The lunches usually sell out immediately. Put your name on a waiting list now,

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  2. How fabulously fabulous is that. The post should be in a Wine Magazine – looks just gorgeous and the menu and the dining tables and the gardens and then you drank a lovely Curly Flat wine.

    How lovely ! Lucky you! Say hi to Jenny.

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    • It was a wonderful day. You should come out next time you are in Melbourne.

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  3. DELICIOUS…..what a great menu and Curly Flat is looking fabulous !!

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    • The food was great and Curly Flat gets better all the time.

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  4. I had to smile to myself – you just have the worst luck, Deb!! Did the gardens make you itch to get back to your garden? Lavender and roses are such a beautiful combination. I was interested to note that Guinea Fowl help to repel snakes: people hereabouts tell me to wear the gardening equivalent of chain mail. … and the food … glorious menu and it looked as good as it sounded. I’m always looking for good anchovies that aren’t prohibitively expensive and i’ve just bought some Cantabrian ones, Yurrita, i haven’t tried them yet. Thanks for the trip in your pocket – that was lovely.

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    • The guinea fowl are such noisy little critters. I guess that is what puts the snakes off. They are huge fun to watch. Lunch was amazing!

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  5. I’ll be in Melbourne end of Feb. Hope I can make it.

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  6. Typical Spanish food with a contemporary touch. A recipe for success. Cooking paella outdoors is a great way to entertain.
    Beautiful photos!

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    • The food was fabulous. Getting to meet the chef and his lovely wife was a bonus.

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  7. That looks fabulous!

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  8. What a lovely vineyard. I can only imagine those delicious smells whilst cooking that paella. 🙂

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    • It tasted even better.

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      • I will have to check out your sisters winery next time we are in Macedon. 😊

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      • They are open every weekend for wine tastings. It is a beautiful vineyard and winery.

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  9. I saw some pics from this on your IG and it looked fantastic! It looks like a gorgeous day with wonderful food and wine 😀

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    • It was excellent. The best bit was that I was chatting to Frank Camorra while he was making the paella without having a clue who he was. He is an exceptionally nice gentleman.

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  10. The vineyard looks especially pretty with everything in bloom. How lovely to be able to enjoy the day with good wine, food, and meeting one of your favorite chefs.

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