The delicious.100, is the Sunday Mail's annual ranking of Queensland's 100 most delicious restaurants. Our favourites, Moda and Peasant have made it to the Experts' 100 while we await the results of People's Choice rankings.
Read the review on our newest dining addition, Moda;
In his spacious new digs just outside the CBD, Spanish chef Javier Codina is unashamedly going back to his Barcelona roots, with a tapas menu that includes deep-fried sweet jalapenos stuffed with goat’s cheese, and soft red piquillo peppers jam-packed with tuna salad and resting on a muddle of Persian feta, herbs, capers and olives. Both are seriously good, brimming with flavour and perfect with a crisp, dry Godello varietal from Galicia, one of several Spanish wines by the glass. Reef fish ceviche is firming as a favourite, the delicate white flesh enlivened with drops of orange blossom, lime zest, shallots and salmon caviar. Some entrees (entremeses) cross the border to France – silky-smooth duck liver pate with PX jelly, and pork ribs with celery remoulade – but dense squid ink rice, topped with garlicky scampi, returns to Codina’s homeland in a classic dish of his childhood. A Mibrasa charcoal oven turns out succulent, smoky tenderloin and wagyu rib fillet, and a wine shop specialising in Spanish drops is coming soon. After 20 years in the CBD, Moda’s move to the bustling Barracks is set to attract a more casual crowd, equally happy to sit up at the bar, cosy up in a leather banquette or pull up a stool at the steel bench in the open kitchen.
Must-eat dish: Squid ink rice with scampi
Price: $41 - $80 for two courses
Chef: Javier Codina
Cuisine: Spanish/ Mediterranean
Open: Tue to Sun for Dinner
Here is what they had to say about our favourite Spanish restaurant, Peasant;
With its graffiti-lined walls and ceiling, barely there moody lighting and rustic industrial finishes, this Spanish tapas bar at The Barracks serves up a little grunge and a lot of cool.Its laid-back vibes and accessible, understated menu may cement it solidly in the realm of casual dining; but it's quality produce, expert cookery and attention to detail on the floor sees Peasant punch well above its weight.Sassy waitstaff deliver clever quips and expert knowledge in equal measure, helping diners navigate the diverse array of dishes, which run from classics like patatas bravas to more hearty fare such as seafood zarzuela.Any aversion to anchovies should be put aside for the croquetas de boquerones - their crisp, tanned breadcrumb shell giving way to marshmallow-like fish-spiked potato; while Spanish sardines served simply with bread, butter, salt and lemon juice are the best of Barcelona vacations on a plate.Don't waste time with basic desserts, instead keep to savoury plates such as standout beef cheeks, collapsing at the touch of a fork on silky celeriac and cauliflower puree, with an intense pedro ximinez reduction and scattering of wafer-thin, sweet potato crisps.The all-Spanish wine list is the perfect complement to the food, while the signature Mediterranean-themed cocktail offering is all about fun.Whether it's an intimate date night, raucous catch-up with friends, or something in between, Peasant delivers.
Must-eat dish: Beef cheeks
Price: $41 - $80 for two courses
Open: Lunch Wed-Sun, Dinner daily
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