Your food is a work of art.
We picked a Saturday to attend the Prado exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. Not a day I would normally go as I have the luxury of being able to visit galleries mid-week when it is quieter, but we hit the jackpot this day.
Deciding we needed to eat and not impressed by the queue in the gallery’s cafe we discovered that since we had tickets for the Prado exhibition we were able to eat in the special area dedicated to Spanish cuisine. Enter the sanctum of La Sala del Prado, to get beyond the doorway you need a ticket or tell-tale wrist stamp issued by the exhibition’s gate-keeper. The area includes a beautifully designed lounge. Some of its design features incorporated soft furnishings with stylised designs based on traditional motifs. We chose a platter on offer of three different tapas and a glass of Tempranillo.
Whilst eating one of the staff informed us that Spanish chef Javier Codina who has selected Brisbane as his home was going to give a talk later. We stayed for the talk and despite a bout with laryngitis he was most erudite and entertaining on a range of insights to the authentic methods and ingredients that characterise Spanish cuisine.
The talk ended in a tasting of spiced lamb racks cooked inside two sheets of hand rolled clay. The lamb cutlets could not have been juicier by any other method.
Javier Codina’s restaurant in Brisbane at the Botanic Gardens end of the city is named MODA, see the website for more details.
Read art writer and critic John MacDonald for insights to the Prado exhibition.