Wednesday, 27 December 2017

New Spanish-accented eatery opens at MONA with added FARTs

Hobart's world-class MONA Museum now has a new tapas bar to join The Source and its wine bar as serious dining options. 


Faro Tapas is named for faro, the Spanish word for a lighthouse, which is the English word for pharos, which is the Greek name of the new wing of the eclectic museum. 

The MONA folk say that Faro "has all the usual stuff you’d expect from a Spanish bar in a museum wing named after a Greek lighthouse: tapas and share plates galore, whipped up by executive chef Vince Trim and his compadres". 

Dishes on offer include squid ink croquettes; fried oyster, chorizo and basil mayo bocadillo; raw shaved vegetables, olive oil, fino, mint ice, manchego, citrus powder and air-dried Wagyu, peas, broad beans, peppers, mint, olive oil toast. 

Another drawcard is the signature pink sangria by the half or full litre, along with black margaritas with bull eyes encased in ice balls, a pig-slicing machine, and 13-metre thirteen-metre-high ceilings.


"It’s barely controlled chaos," says David Walsh, MONA's out-there owner.

Faro features four new works by James Turrell and for a full experience diners can book a FART: MONA's food + art dinner experience, "and another excuse for a confusing/juvenile acronym".

This includes exclusive entry to Turrell’s Unseen Seen and Weight of Darkness throughout the evening. 

The bar is open to museum visitors from 11am–6pm and then for diners from 6pm. FARTs must be booked online with a $25 deposit. 

For details phone (03) 6277 9904. 

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