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Our next ‘Sip Your Cellar’ event on Wednesday June 1 is fast approaching. Places are limited so don’t forget to book soon.  To pair your wines, please find the new menu below.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup Mooloolaba Prawn Truffle Oil


 Local Pinky • Salmon Mousse • Potato scallions


 Roasted Guinea Fowl • Yellow Chartreuse • Scenic Rim Root Vegetables


 Valrhona Chocolate Fondant • Strawberry Sorbet

spanish meat tapas dish

10 Mouth-Watering Spanish Meat Tapas & Brasa To Try

Spanish style meat tapas and brasa

Here at Moda Restaurant, we love tantalising meat tapas dishes. We especially have a soft spot for tapas cooked ‘brasa-style’ in a traditional charcoal oven over embers. In this article, we’ll discuss our favourite tapas dishes and how brasa style cooking can make for a uniquely Spanish dining experience.

What is brasa?

Brasa (literally ‘ember’ in Spanish’) describes an authentic Spanish cooking style where meat is charcoal-grilled over embers. It results in tender, flavoursome meat that melts in the mouth.

Spanish seafood tapas

#1 Gambas al ajillo tapas

Gambas al ajillo is one of the most popular seafood tapas dishes in Spain. This authentic Spanish dish consists of tender prawns, sauteed in garlic and olive oil with a touch of cayenne pepper, Spanish paprika or brandy for taste.

We suggest pairing it with a full-bodied and aromatic white wine such as Pagos de Galir ‘Via Nova’ from Godello, Valencia. Don’t forget to add nice crusty homemade ciabatta for sopping up the delicious sauce.

#2 Piquillo peppers, tuna salad and Persian Feta salsa

The humble piquillo pepper is a kind of chilli traditionally grown in northern Spain. Its name comes from the Spanish word for ‘little beak’. In Moda Restaurant’s classic twist on this favourite tapa, we stuff our ember-roasted piquillo peppers with fresh tuna salad and Persian feta salsa, for the perfect balance of smoky sweet and salty with a heavenly creaminess and rich depth of flavour.

If you try this dish at Moda Restaurant: Match this tapa with a young and fruity Garnacha white wine, such as a Sant Josep ‘Llágrimes De Tardor’ from Navarra. For an earthier wine that complements the peppers, try the ‘Neo Reserva’ red wine from Rioja.

#3 Lobster tail, crayfish and nectarine vinaigrette

Lobsters are a true delicacy in Spain. Our own twist on a classic seafood tapa features lobster tail and crayfish with a sweet nectarine vinaigrette.

If you would like to try this dish at Moda Restaurant: We recommend pairing this lobster tapa with a South Australian Chardonnay with delicious vanilla notes.

#4 Salt and pepper calamari

Calamari is a popular dish served in many Spanish tapas bars, especially along the coast where fresh food is plentiful. And it’s no surprise — crispy squid is one of those classic snacks that translates well into any language. We are lucky in Australia to have a bounty of delicious fresh seafood. In our version, the soft, buttery squid is encased in deliciously light batter and sprinkled with sea salt and pepper.

If you would like to try this dish at Moda Restaurant: Try pairing this classic tapa dish with an Australian chardonnay from Adelaide Hills or Margaret River.

Spanish chicken tapas and brasa

#5 Chicken croquettes with Romesco sauce

Chicken croquettes (‘croquetas de Pollo’) are a delicious tapa that we personally can’t get enough of. When paired with Romesco sauce — a nutty sauce made with capscium, almonds, pine nuts or hazelnuts, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil from Catalonia — these chicken croquettes can become quite addictive.

If you would like to try this dish at Moda Restaurant: We recommend pairing it with a dry Spanish Sauvignon Blanc such as the Quinta de Aves ‘Alauda’.

#6 Chicken in bravas sauce

Enjoy delicious cubes of moist, spicy chicken coated with rich tomato, garlic, chilli and smoked paprika.

Try pairing this tapa favourite with a small, cold beer or a glass of Castillo Clavijo red wine, made with Tempranillo grapes in the heartland of Spanish wine.

Spanish beef tapas and brasa

#7 Black Onyx tri tip

One of the best ways to enjoy the magic of brasa style cooking is with a perfectly prepared piece of highly marbled Black Angus beef. Cooking high-quality steak over embers is a great way to bring out its natural, juicy flavour.

If you would like to try this dish at Moda Restaurant: Pair this Black Onyx tri tip with an Australian merlot or shiraz.

#8 Albondigas

These absolutely delicious tapas meatballs, traditionally served in small clay dishes, consist of meatballs in garlic tomato sauce.

These tapas appetisers are perfect for enjoying with a cold beer or a glass of Spanish red wine.

Jamón tapas and brasa

#9 Iberico jamón and Spanish melon

Melon con jamón is a Spanish classic tapa dish that offers an incredible combination of sweet and savoury flavours. The rich, nutty and earthy flavour of Iberico jamón makes an excellent contrast with the sweet, delicate juiciness of melon.

If you would like to try this dish at Moda Restaurant: Enjoy this Iberico jamón dish with a delicious mature chardonnay from Burgundy, or perhaps a red wine from Rioja.

#10 Green asparagus, jamón and truffle emulsion

In Spain, grilled vegetables are a popular accompaniment to tender meat tapas. For a mouth-watering culinary experience, pair the beautiful flavour of jamón with grilled, fresh asparagus, olive oil, coarse salt and black pepper, cooked in a silky smooth and subtle truffle emulsion.

If you would like to try this dish at Moda Restaurant: Pair it with a clean, restrained white wine such as Primer Motivo.

Eager to try some authentic Spanish tapas or brasa (like our divine Iberico jamón with Spanish melon)? Make a booking at Moda Restaurant today.

Fascinating Facts About Spanish Tapas

Fascinating Facts About Spanish Tapas

While the exact historical and cultural details of the origin of tapas are uncertain, there is no doubt tapas in Spain is popular. Served in almost every bar, restaurant and home throughout Spain, tapas is so popular that the phrase ‘vamos a tapear(let’s go eat tapas) can be heard almost every day, and the idea of ordering small plates to share has become a trend in restaurants around the world. Here are some fascinating facts about Spanish tapas. Continue reading

Our Favourite Food And Wine Pairings

Our Favourite Food And Wine Pairings

Certain elements like texture and flavour in both food and wine can harmoniously interact with each other. When food and wine combinations are executed well, your culinary experience can be an unforgettable experience.

Moda’s Head Chef, Javier Codina, brings an international flair to his cuisine, blending influences from California, France and his native Barcelona. Combined with an extensive wine list, we are committed to providing our patrons with one of the best dining experiences in Brisbane. Here are some of our favourite food and wine pairings. Visit us soon and experience our expertise for yourself!

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Celebrate the 2018 Melbourne Cup with Moda Tapas. Brasa. Bar at the Barracks

Moda Tapas Brasa Bar


12:00 – 16:00

Guests Seated at Individual Tables.

The venue is fitted out with LCD Screens to ensure that everyone can see the race.

Prizes for Best Dressed Man and Woman, sweeps, music and lots more.

Join us in celebrating the race the stops the nation.

Option One

$55 per person

Javier’s Selection of 6 Tapas & Entremeses to share, selected by the chef for the entire table to share

Reef Fish Ceviche Orange Blossom

Piquillo Peppers Tuna Salad Persian Feta Salsa

Hervey Bay Scallops Saffron Cauliflower Jamón

Chicken Croquettes Romesco Sauce

Flat Beans Feta Garlic Chips

Flinders Island Wallaby Sweet Potato Ecrasée

Option Two

$95 per person

3 Courses with signature dishes from the menu and dishes created from fresh seasonal produces (5 Tapas & Entremeses followed by 3 Mains Featuring Brasa, then 3 Desserts). Selected by the chef for the entire table. This share style menu is nicely portioned based on the number of guests seated at each table

Entremeses To Share

Zucchini Flowers Goat’s Cheese Sweet Corn Salsa

Duck Liver Parfait PX Jelly

Reef Fish Ceviche Orange Blossom

Piquillo Peppers Tuna Salad Persian Feta Salsa

Manolete Chorizo Bundaberg Capsicums

Mains To Share

Wild Rabbit Pie Red Wine Sauce

Paella By Javier Queensland Seafood

Brasa Cooked Steak Mediterranean Vegetables

Desserts To Share

Panna Cotta Lime Ganité

Valrhona Chocolate Pavé Passionfruit Coulis Honeycomb

Manchego Cheese • Served with Homemade Chutney and Bread

Guests Seated at Individual Tables.  Our Melbourne Cup event will be on from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

For more information or to make a booking please email our team at functions@modarestaurant.com.au

Moda Restaurant is ‘On the Move’… Relocating to The Barracks

Javier and François are delighted to announce the relocation of Moda Restaurant from Edward Street to The Barracks, on Petrie Terrace.  Home of ‘The Underground’ Night Club in the 80’s and 90’s and the former Police Barracks Stables, Moda Tapas Brasa Bar’s new location will open early October 2018.

Since 1999, as Gianni’s Restaurant and from 2010 as Moda Restaurant, Head Chef and Co-Owner Javier Codina is looking forward to this new and exciting culinary venture.

Moda has always been an owner-operators’ concept with an ‘everything made in-house’ philosophy.

Since joining forces in 2010, Javier and François have been committed to pursuing their restaurant career together and have elected The Barracks for their future.

Moda Tapas Brasa Bar will feature an extensive Tapas and Entremeses menu, priced from $8 to $28, ideal for grazing, lunches, dinners and celebrations.

The addition of a Rôtisserie and a famous MIBRASA charcoal oven will enhance the delicately-cooked over-embers carnivore menu.

The popular Javier’s Table, a rustic degustation where the chefs cooks for you, will continue, and for those diners who prefer the classic entrée, main, dessert approach, an expanded and alluring menu will entice.

Moda Tapas Brasa Bar will remain a popular destination for functions with various dedicated dining and cocktail party spaces accommodating from 12 to 200 guests. The Wine Room, equipped with the latest technology, is complimented by an Alfresco Terrace for celebrations of up to 60 guests.

Fronting onto Petrie Terrace, the new Moda is very easy to locate, and has access to 400 undercover car park spaces.

We look forward to seeing you on Petrie Terrace, and sharing the next decade with you.

Warmest regards,

Javier and François

NB: All vouchers and confirmed event agreements will be honoured.

Javier Codina and François Le Savéant

Moda Tapas Brasa Bar, The Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane Q 4000

P (07) 3221 7655 E functions@modarestaurant.com.au | Bookings www.modarestaurant.com.au


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As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun, and the phrase is particularly poignant when it comes to celebrating a wedding anniversary. However, sometimes the hustle and bustle of daily life overrides important events like these, or it may just be that your wedding day was such a long time ago, you can’t even remember the actual date! Regardless of the reason, it’s still a wonderful way to celebrate the bond you have with your partner – all you need is a bit of inspiration! Continue reading

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Clovely Estate Cocktail Party Wed June 27

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
Clovely Estate’s Cellar Door Secrets at Moda
for a unique Queensland Olive Oil and Wine Tasting Cocktail Party Style 
From1800 bookings essential on

(07) 3221 7655 or Select 27th of June from our booking key 

“Join us at Moda, as we welcome Clovely Estate for an exclusive pop up Cellar Door experience that is uniquely Queensland. Come and taste the delights of Javier’s Kitchen featuring a cocktail menu and live cooking station bursting with flavour and crafted with the finest Queensland produce including new season, fresh pressed Olive Oils direct from the Clovely Estate Grove in the South Burnett. Enjoy a progressive exploration of one of Queensland’s most up and coming wine regions with complimentary tastings of award winning Clovely Estate wines and discover the secrets of the South Burnett right here in the heart of the city.”
On Arrival
A glass of 
Clovely Estate NV Brut Reserve / Clovely Estate NV Sparkling RoséTapas
All Made with Clovely Estate Olive OilReef Fish Ceviche • Orange Blossom
Bonito • Esacbeche
Traditional Tortilla
Pan Con Tomate • JamonOlive Oil Bizcocho Persimmons Lemon Curd

Live Cooking Chef’s Station
Made with Clovely Estate Olive Oil

Moreton Bay Bugs and Hervey Bay Scallops Basque Style EVOO

Clovely Estate Olive Oil Bar
Featuring Clovely Estate Oils
Arbequina / Signature Blensd / Koroneki / Frantoio / Manzanillo

Breads & Petite Bouche Salads
Dressings and Emulsions: Capsicum, Chives, Truffle, Orange and Vanilla

Clovely Estate Wine Bar & Cellar Door
Tastings of Clovely Estate South Burnett
2014 Semillon
2013 Reserve Chardonnay
2015 Verdelho
2017 Rosé

2015 Barbera
2015 Sangiovese
2013 Petit Verdot
2012 Reserve Shiraz