The Pass is a 5-star, 3AA rosette award-winning restaurant. It is elegantly designed in intricate and artsy deco which has a regal and glitzy feel about it. The Pass has also a well-stocked in-house cellar having the finest wines. The vegan ingredients used in the food come directly from The Pass�s very own kitchen garden.
The restaurant has a unique and special menu which has been personally designed by acclaimed chef Ian Swainson who personally scrutinizes each entr�e to ensure quality. The menu is primarily classified into 6 and 8-course lunch menus, 8 and 10-course dinner menus and also an 8-course special vegan dinner menu. All menus are regularly revised as per the chef's recommendations to ensure only fresh and seasonal ingredients are used and the highest quality of taste and flavors is served at the table.
Regretfully, this restaurant will be closing at the end of the month; hence, the phone call to tell diners that it’s now cash only. I thought the new owner of the building (a local mayor) might have something to do with it, but I was told by the staff that the location was too remote, especially for weekday dining. Well, I remember that issue with the former Rosemont Café that was the previous eatery in that location. It’s a pity because The Pass offered wonderfully creative and well-prepared meals. Just because they may be winding down did not lessen the quality of the food that a friend and I had. Good luck to all (many have seemed to find other work) and thank you for bringing outstanding dining to a beautiful corner of New Jersey.
I read many good reviews on the Pass and it did not disappoint in any way. Of course ambiance could use a little help, but , no matter the food takes you to another planet anyway. Recommended highly and would return immediately.
Very warm welcome, friendly , knowledgable-about-food servers (e.g., answered all our questions about menu items), great chef, delicious food, comfortable surroundings, excellent service without "hovering"
Been wanting to get here forever, finally got to go for a Friday nite dinner. Had the escargot risotto, and pork belly, my wife had the salad and mussels -- all delicious. Be sure to get here before they close on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
The $75.00 tasting menu fell short. The food was good, but the value wasn't there. After the 4th course of rigatoni I was sure a meat course would follow, but in came a small piece of cheese. Followed by cold bread pudding that was simply ok.
If I went back I would definitely pass on the tasting menu and order from the regular menu.
We had a beautiful pre-Valentine's Day dinner at The Pass! We enjoyed foie gras and the tuna tartare as appetizers. Both were delicious and plentiful. We had the duck and the bolognese as our entrees, which were also delicious and split cheese and bread for dessert. The meal was quick and the service was great. I highly recommend.
Really enjoyed this place. The Pass replaces the old Rosemont Café. Really enjoyed the predecessor place, but this is a notch above and really tremendous to have a chef of this quality cooking in Hunterdon County. Met the Chef working the garden just before he opened. This was our first time there, after two other attempts were aborted owing to winter storms. The duck really shows his classical training. Everything was great. Being a Jersey guy, would love to see more product sourced from Jersey, but that is a small niggle compared to how enjoyable this place is.
Crispy duck? NOT Out of the frig and warmed up to serve. More like flaccid duck. So salty!! served with white beans it was tasty but almost uneatable. Mussels served with an almost tasteless sauce (more like the water they were steamed in). Topped with a slice of burnt bread - I mean charcoal burnt! - not toasted brown. It was uneatable. The cream and cheese courses were served together. Who does that? To top it all off, coffee was not offered before, during or after the meal . Coffee isn't on the menu. Even though the weather outside was bone chilling and the funky inside so chilly my wife kept her coat on the whole time. We were prepared to like this restaurant - especially after the rave reviews it received in the NY Times and Ledger. What is there to like? The wait staff are pleasant and efficient. Take that salt shaker away from the chef!