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This restaurant garnishes its margaritas with actual pig eyeballs

This restaurant garnishes its margaritas with actual pig eyeballs
Would you drink this? (Picture: MONA/Faro)

How great are margaritas?

They’re probably my favourite drink, and I recently found out on a trip to Mexico that it is indeed possible to drink them from breakfast right through until dinner time.

The tang of the tequila, the sweetness of the agave, the freshness of the lime? Oh my.

While a traditional margarita certainly wets my whistle, I do love a twist on the classic.

Coconut kaffir lime margarita? Hell yeah. Passionfruit margarita? Yes please. Jalapeno margarita? Mmm hmm. Pig eyeball margarita? Wait, what?

Yup, a restaurant in Tasmania, Australia is garnishing its margaritas with a real-life, genuine pig’s eyeball.

Faro, the new restaurant in Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art, is serving up the murky drinks.

However, as reported by the managing editor and chief critic of Australian food mag, Gourmet Traveller, the drink is ‘as much of a let-down to the would-be Instagrammer as it is to the drinker’.

‘The blackness of the black Margarita is achieved with the addition of charcoal powder, and the glass is rimmed with black salt,’ Pat Nourse writes in his review.

‘These seem to dampen down the flavours of tequila, mezcal, and lime as effectively as they make it a nightmare to photograph.’

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Diners are told to drink the margarita quickly, before the ice surrounding he eyeball melts, as you’re not actually supposed to eat it. Or even lick it. Ew.

As well as quirky drinks, just making your way to your table is an altogether different experience – to get to the restaurant, you have to take a lift down into a bunker and walk through an installation, before heading into the dining room.

The restaurant also boasts a pig slicing machine, so we’re going to go out on a limb here and suggest it’s not for veggies.

Read more about Faro here.

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