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!


Aperitifs are drinks that are enjoyed before a meal to stimulate the appetite, however they can also be enjoyed as your entrée is being served. When it comes to matching food and wine, champagne is a great aperitif as it’s full of bubbles and really gets those taste buds tingling.

Here at Moda, we offer a superb range of pre-dinner delights including N.V. Cava Paul Cheneau Brut Méthode Traditionnelle from Cataluña, N.V. Palmer & Co Réserve Reims from Champagne, and a divine Moda Pousse Rapière Pineau des Charentes & Cava from Spain/France.  Prefer something a little less bubbly? Try one of the world’s most famous vermouths, a Noilly Prat Dry.


Our entrées feature a range of vegetarian, game, pork and seafood dishes, all of which can be sensationally paired with our extensive wine list. Here are a few examples.


If you’re indulging in our Smoked Duck Tenders which are served with roasted grapes and salsa agresto (a delicious almond sauce), then consider pairing  them with a lighter style of wine like our Rosé de Provence which comes all the way from beautiful France.


Our Pork Belly with Apple and Celeriac Rémoulade will go wonderfully with a juicy grenache or an elegant Sidewood Estate Chardonnay. Pork is also perfectly complemented by shiraz, such as those we offer from Clarence Hill, Quorum and Elderton.


If trying any of the options on our seafood menu (like our Tempura Monkfish, our Hervey Bay Scallops or our St Helen’s Oysters which are served with a vodka mignonette), then a wonderful food and wine combination is pairing your meal with a riesling, like a Greg Cooley ‘Single Vineyard’.


Our menu of mains offers everything from beef, pork, seafood and game meats like duck, rabbit and spatchcock. And then of course there is our restaurant speciality, Paella by Javier, which is offered on our Friday lunch menu.

Cheese Soufflé

Wine and cheese make a classic combination, so if our Twice-baked Blue Cheese Soufflé is on your list of mains to try, then consider a food and wine pairing with a quintessentially Spanish red. We have a long list of superb wines on offer from regions including Catalonia, Mallorca and the wine region of Rioja.

Rump Steak

If a delicious red meat dish is on your list of must-haves, then try our Rump Steak with Corn Salsa and Goat’s Cheese Zucchini Flowers. A soft fruity red works wonderfully here in terms of pairing food and wine. The Old Faithfull ‘Northern Exposure’ grenache is a great choice, or for something a little different, try one of our Spanish tempranillos from the Castile and León region.


Our White Rabbit Ragoût is served with Saffron Pappardelle Pasta and Truffle Pecorino, and in terms of wine pairing tips, rabbit works well with a ‘big’ red, like our Italian Montepulciano. Pastas also work fantastically with a pinot noir, like a Port Phillip Estate ‘Balnarring’, particularly if it’s combined with a rabbit dish.


If your choice for your main meal is our Market Fish, then a great food and wine combination is to pair it with a crisp pinot gris, like the one we offer from Ant Moore.


Duck dishes pair perfectly with a pinot noir, so if your main-of-choice is our Duck Breast with Celeriac Purée, Fennel Salad and Nectarines, then why not spoil yourself with a pinot noir from Burgundy in France. We guarantee you will love the Domaine Collotte ‘Marsannay’ Le Close de Jeu!


In terms of food and wine pairings, our Catalan-inspired Forest Rice with Spatchcock will work well with a range of wines like a Lethbridge ‘Allegra’ chardonnay. Or sample one of our Australian shiraz options, which include Elderton ‘Command’, James Haselgrove ‘Futures’ and Clarence Hill Reserve.


In terms of wine pairing tips, our Spanish-style Wagyu Short Ribs served with Adobo and Potatoes Bravas, will also match well with a rosé such as the 83 Rosé de Provence from France.


Our Bay Banana Prawns are served with a beautiful Paccheri Pasta and a Carrot Broth, and in terms of matching food and wine, try this dish with a crisp white or a light rosé. The Sancerre Robert Cantin ‘Les Pier Blancs’ sauvignon blanc or the Maquis Rosé from the Colchagua Valley in Chile are wonderfully unique options.


Here at Moda Restaurant, we serve an amazing main on our Friday lunch menu, the Paella By Javier. Born in Barcelona, Javier Codina is a renowned chef having worked in some of the world’s finest dining rooms including The Arts Hotel in Barcelona, the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco and at the exclusive Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire, England.

This dish will be an even better delight for all the senses if you pair it with a quality shiraz. Our wine menu features a number of fantastic Australian wines, including the Barossa Valley Elderton ‘Command’ and the Clarence Hill Shiraz from McLaren Vale.


We have some delectable desserts on the menu at Moda, including our Lavender Crème Brûlée with Biscotti, an Olive Oil Bizcocho with Lemon Cream, Persimmons and Frangelico and a Stonefruit Pannacotta with Lime and Mint Granita. Wondering what to pair with these delicious treats? Champagne is always a wonderful accompaniment, such as our Cava Paul Cheneau Brut Méthode Traditionnelle from Cataluña.

Or if champagne’s not your thing, end your meal with a glass of sherry. Our Manzanilla variety is served chilled and is fresh and salty on the nose with delicate acidity, and our Amontillado is full bodied with nutty aromas and a fresh finish.

Still not done? Try one of our Classic Martinis. Or continue on with the dessert theme and indulge in a lychee, espresso, ginger, vanilla or chocolate variety. Salud!

Let us help you discover some truly unforgettable food and wine pairings. Make a booking at Moda Restaurant today!

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