If you're anything like the typical American consumer, than the thought of eating a smoked serpent probably doesn't sit too well with you. In fact, it probably has your stomach doing a few back flips and roundhouse kicks.
So for those of you who are squeamish, the temporary restaurant in London that just opened today probably isn't for you.
Why not, you ask? The "All Men Must Dine" eatery was opened to recreate the medieval recipes and dishes served up in the blood-soaked saga, "Game of Thrones." The opening of the restaurant is to mark the DVD release of season four of the TV series.
"Game of Thrones" — based on the novels by George R.R Martin — is a mix of fantasy, violence and sex all set in a brutal kingdom.
Over three nights, only a select number of fans will be chosen from the 12,000 competition entrants to be served a 10-course meal in a setting inspired by the show's council chamber at King's Landing, the capital of the program's Seven Kingdoms.
The entire menu is based on the television show, but it was no easy task.
Chef Jamie Hazeel, who is also the co-owner of a catering company called The Wandering Chef, said recreating the show's delicacies, like traitor's tongue and smoked serpent, was a challenge.
"Python is a bit of a tricky meat," Hazeel said. "So we're using smoked eel instead."
In the show, honeyed fowl is considered a luxurious food. So Hazeel got to work on recreating what he thought the fowl might taste like.
The result is honey and lemon-glazed quail stuffed with almonds, sultanas and apricots.
Hazeel said he allowed his imagination to guide him in building the menu, but some may be "slightly off-putting to a modern audience."
Other items to be served will include honey-fried locusts and poached calf tongue titled "the lies of Tyrion Lannister."
It's no wonder the dinner invitation actually spelled out that this meal is "not suitable for vegetarians."
As if the main course isn't hard enough to stomach, dessert consists of a bone-marrow creme brulee. The main ingredients? A real bone dripping with blood-red sauce. Well that sound's appetizing...
While feasts in the "Game of Thrones" world don't always end well, Hazeel's business partner Lalie Jacout said guests have nothing to fear.
"We have a lot of surprises in store, but they will leave safely," Jacout added. Is that a promise?
(AP Photos/Jill Lawless)
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