The Faro Experience


Mona is (still) shut, but our moveable feast continues: seven more weeks of experimental eating, musical performance, art and general brouhaha at Faro Bar and Restaurant.


You look great over a long lunch. Everybody says so. And ours features the greatest hits from The Faro Experiments, in which we tested Hobart’s pleasure response via mystery feasting, David’s wine cellar, artworks from the collection and so forth. Prepare your mouth for inventive eats and drinks in Faro’s light-drenched surrounds, while local musical and artistic talent serenade / subject you to live entertainment while you’re trying to eat (good luck with that). Plus it’s your only way into the shuttered museum.

SATURDAYS + SUNDAYS, 12–2.45pm + 3–5.45pm

6 November–20 December
À la carte lunch menu or set menu $85 per person
Drinks and art purchased separately
$30 booking deposit per person

Lunches for larger groups (from 7 up to 20 people) are also available. Please email bookings@mona.net.au to arrange a group booking.


What’s for tea? It’s (still) a mystery—a five-course mystery menu, in fact, filled with dishes dreamt up for The Faro Experiments and tested on foolhardy locals. Also on offer: art to order; juicy treats from Moorilla, Domaine A and Moo Brew to wet your whistle; and dinner interruptions from delightful and hardly ever annoying live music and light entertainment. And if it all gets a bit much, escape to the shuttered museum with barely anyone around; be sure to stop by spectra on your way out for an after-dinner palate cleanser.


6 November–20 December
Set menu $120 per person
Drinks and art purchased separately
$50 booking deposit per person

Please note: spectra operates Saturdays only

Luxe Dinner

Feeling fancy? Love that for you. Have your people call our people and book our most deluxe dinner of all.

You and your fancy mates will roll the dice on a mystery six-course dinner personally prepared by Mona’s Executive Chef Vince Trim. He’ll take you on a journey through his highlights and lowlights from The Faro Experiments, plus new creations of culinary splendour. We’ll accompany your repast with luxe wine from the vault: you’ll drink from David’s private wine bunker, guided by a sommelier through an award-winning selection of rare bottles and back vintages. Plus you’ll also get exclusive entry to artworks by James Turrell, experience Ryoji Ikeda’s towering spectra up close, and time to explore parts of the dormant museum. Luxe plus plus.


6 November–20 December
Six-course set menu $350 per person
Includes mystery dinner, luxe wines and guaranteed access to Turrell artworks
If you have accessibility or health concerns, contact bookings@mona.net.au before booking

Please note: spectra operates Saturdays only

Featured artwork includes:
Memorial to the Sacred Wind or The Tomb of a Kamikaze, 1969, Jean Tinguely
Event Horizon, 2017, James Turrell