With Brisbane in the grip of flood crisis, we decided to take a break from the drudge of cleaning and head out to support those who have been doing it tough in the restaurant business.
Many flood affected restaurants are still to reopen but Moda at the end of Edward Street in the city was open for dinner. Along with Restaurant II, they were saved from much of the flood damage by a big (yes I mean big) hole in the ground – a development site stalled by the GFC.
Moo Moo on the other side of the road and the Stamford Plaza were not so lucky.
Chef Javier Codina was at the helm and cooked up a feast for our group of 10. Putting menu decisions in the capable hands of the chef always works well and the dishes were superb.
We started with a tapas selection which included crispy Crystal Bay school prawns with aioli – first time I’ve eaten prawn heads and they were delicious! There were Piquillo peppers filled with salad of tuna persian salsa, croquettes and seared tuna with lychees.
Most of us chose to enjoy Javier’s seafood paella – such a wonderful, rich seafood flavour – but a few chose individual meals. Pinecones (this is your mention as requested Jodie!) went for paella and was not disappointed.
Moda is located in the heart of the Brisbane CBD at 12 Edward Street. 07 3221 7655.