Every year between Christmas and New Year, our family chooses a restaurant for our annual gastronomic treat. After much research, and with some great establishments to live up to, I chose The Pass this year. We weren't disappointed!
The atmosphere is electric - akin to watching a live show. You're in the midst of the hotel kitchen, not just the one for The Pass but also for the hotel's other restaurant, Camelia. It was fantastic to watch our dishes being prepared and plated up just feet away. The head chef presented most of our dishes himself (Gordon Ramsay et al - take note!). He even scrubbed down the kitchen after service with his staff! Excellent teamwork.
We opted for the 8 course Pass Experience. Every dish was superbly designed and presented (I'll be adding photos). Maybe one or two of the dishes didn't quite hit the mark but that's down to personal taste rather than effort and ingenuity. The stand-out dishes for us were the quails eggs, the crab salad and the chocolate fondant.
The service was exceptional. They accommodated my aversion to fish and the waiters explained every dish and answered all our questions. The somelier was also excellent and tended to us very well.
In all, we'd highly recommend The Pass for some extraordinary culinary theatre. This will be hard to beat next year! Thank you for a wonderful evening.
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