Tuesday, January 27, 2009

La Movida, Battersea

It was a Saturday night and a friend and I wanted some food before a night out.  Walking down Battersea Park Road we found only a handful of options and all of them fairly dead.  

We chose La Movida and dashed in out of the pouring rain.  It looks authentically Spanish inside - minimal decor, plain wooden tables, basic laminated menu displaying tapas and paella.  We decided to share the Paella Valencia for two and were happy to wait the twenty five minutes it would take to prepare, chatting over the decent house red and eating bread.  

It arrived packed with chicken and seafood, beautiful saffrony rice sticky with tomato flavour. It was a generous portion and absolutely delicious.  The service was friendly and not overbearing, despite the fact that there was only one more table bar us, at 8pm on a Saturday night.  A great little local.

Bread, one course and half a bottle of wine: £20 per head

Value: 7/10

Service: 7/10

Atmosphere: 5/10

Food: 8/10

SCORE: 27/40

La Movida, 300 Battersea Park Road, London, SW11 3BU.  Tel: 020 79242595.

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