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Biographies of the staff

Seafood Extravaganza à La Catalan – Wednesday 31st May 2017

Seafood Extravaganza à La Catalan Dinner – Wednesday the 31st of May 2017 from 6:30 pm

Menu Javier’s Table

 $135 pp with Matching Wines or $99 pp if you have an Entertainment Card

Option to Book in the Restaurant

or in the Wine Room with Screen for the Game


To Share

Reef Fish Ceviche Orange Blossom

Sardines • Garlic and Parsley

WA Octopus Tropical Flavours

Salted Cod Brandade • Pil Pil Sauce Piquillo Pepper

Freshly Shucked Oysters Cava Mignonette

Mains – To Share

Catalan Paella Queensland Seafood

Baby Squid • Pork Farce • Lobster Sauce

Qld Red Claw Yabbies • Brandy Sauce

Dessert – To Share

Churros • Chocolate Sauce

Soft Persimmons Rice Pudding • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

In Memoriam

A small corner on a website page is a lot less space than Roger used to fill.

Beyond being part of the Moda adventure, you revealed yourself a mentor in life to many of our younger staff.

You had a great heart and a sense of humour able to rival the Franco-Spanish second degree.

You are gone too soon. You are still here. Staff meal won’t be long.


Javier Codina

Since opening his classic Edward Street restaurant in 1999, Javier Codina, Chef de Cuisine was quick to establish a reputation for cuisine which is distinctive and highly awarded. His menus are created using the best local produce and by blending influences from France, Italy, and his native Barcelona.

Combining a diverse array of flavours with delightful imagination, he produces a harmonious blend of classical and new cuisine, which has brought high praise from critics and patrons.

His excellent relationship with growers and suppliers allows him to secure the best local and national produce, personally visiting the markets most mornings before daylight to select ingredients which fuel his daily inspiration.

Javier’s achievements at the helm of Moda have been recognised by his growing clientele of regular patrons and celebrities alike, as well as with numerous awards achieved over the years.

Javier has worked in some of the world’s finest dining rooms including The Arts Hotel in Barcelona, The San Francisco Ritz Carlton and the exclusive Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire, England.

He has also been invited for guest appearances internationally and nationally in Singapore, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Noosa, New Zealand and the place closest to his heart, Barcelona.

As well as his professional commitments, Javier is a dedicated supporter and contributor to numerous charities including the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Brisbane. He regularly generously donates his time and talents to four of their annual Five Chefs dinners, and was a creator of the Next Generation Chefs Charity Lunch.

In 2011, Javier, his family and business partner Francois Le Saveant became Australian citizens. Although they called Australia home, embracing our culture, food, wine and community, this heartfelt occasion holds one of their most precious lifetime memories.

François Le Savéant

Paris born, François was ensconced in superb food and wine so it seemed natural for him to embrace a career in luxury international hotels the likes of Connaught and Claridges in London and the Warwick Champs Elysees, Paris.

In 2003, Brisbane became home, and due to his vast experience as a general manager, food and beverage director, maître d and hospitality educator, François’s skills were warmly welcomed.

After working as General Manager at John Kilroy’s flagship seafood restaurant Jellyfish, François’s passion lead him toward investing into a venture of his own.  In 2010, François formed a partnership with Javier Codina in the newly relaunched Moda Restaurant on Edward.  They became the perfect duo with Javier’s superb culinary skills and François’ charming and efficient front of house expertise.

Due to his love of wine, he continues to expand his knowledge on Australian, French, Italian and even more so now, Spanish wines which feature on Moda’s extensive beverage list.