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“Re-visit and re-review”
Review of The PASS - CLOSED

The PASS
Price range: $30 - $39
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Chef and charcutier, Matthew Ridgway, has transformed a rural landmark into a showcase for his vision of french-inspired cuisine, in a setting that's casual by design.
Flemington
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35 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Re-visit and re-review”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

The next time we visited The Pass, we were unable to hear the greeter because the sound-track was blasting "boom boom" music.

We asked our server if it could be lowered, and it was, for a while. The diners on both sides of our table thanked us for making the request.

During the course of our meal, the volume went back up 3 times, until finally our server instructed someone to turn it off.

We wrote to Chef Ridgeway on the restaurant's website, and never received a reply.

We called 2 weeks later to ask about the loud music, hoping that we could eat this wonderful food again, and were told that the music track belonged to Matt, but that they would try to find us a quiet table. The place is too small to be able to do that, so, sadly, we will not be returning.

A restaurant with food of this high calibre doesn't need anything except the buzz of happy diners.

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank margandbill
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Ed R, Public Relations Manager at The PASS, responded to this review, February 1, 2014
Sorry about the volume. We want everyone to have a comfortable experience. We hope you try us again some time.
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English first
USA
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62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Worth the trip!”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

I had never even heard of Rosemont, no less The Pass, until the other day. We dined there last night and were very pleased. Our waiter, Todd, was helpful, explaining how my appetizer, mousse line of andouille was made (photo included), and he was there when we needed him. Our food was original and well-prepared. The lamb in pita bread with a cucumber garnish and chick peas was very tasty and tender, and my dessert, a sort of profiterole, but crispier, was to die for. I liked the cozy atmosphere, not too noisy so we could actually have a conversation. Tables are placed away from the door so the cold wind didn't bother us. We will go back, even though this place is, to me, out in the middle of nowhere. It was definitely worth the extra effort it took to get there.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Gayle63
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Stockton, New Jersey
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Inconsistent”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

The first time that we ate at The Pass we were bowled over. The food was original, unusual and delicious. As a result we went back for my birthday. This time the appetizer of Thai mussel salad was wonderful but our main course of suckling pig was ordinary and the portion too small and the sides unappetizing. The desserts were uninspired. What a disappointment. They have lost us.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Deborah S
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Flemington
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35 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Didn't want to tell everyone!”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Have eaten at The Pass 4 times since May;it is unbelievably good. I've had tastes that I couldn't identify that were all wonderful.
It is such a bargain, especially since it is a BYOB.
The portion sizes are perfect; you will leave feeling pleasantly full, even though you had that dessert!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank margandbill
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Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Homey unpretentious atmosphere with good food.”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Somewhat local, so we heard about the place, with good reviews, then saw the Zagat and Philly mag reviews, and heard about the JBF "Taste America" dinner& see the chef(Ridgway) was going to be there, we knew we had to go before it got too busy. Everything was good, from the shrimp puffs w/zataar spice to apps, to entrees, of the four desserts, only one miss(Swiss roll w/saffron meringue, way too much saffron.) all the way to the cheese. Atmosphere is comforting and relaxed. Menu changes constantly, and its the kind of mixed fusion cooking we like. BYOB is a plus when u considered the value $38.50 a person is. Thanks Chef. Hope you enjoyed the Free Will Techno IPA.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Dogmat
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