So for anniversaries 1 - 3, we tried new-to-us restaurants with some poor results. Last year, we wanted a sure thing so we went to Hugo's which we already loved and of course it was amazing. We decided that moving forward, we would try to go somewhere we knew we liked - get our money's worth and really enjoy the experience, that whole thing. So for our fifth anniversary, we decided to go to The Pass.
We went to The Pass in December 2013, a few months after it opened, and loved it. It's one of those places with a set multi-course menu and you pick meat or vegetarian and just eat what is put in front of you because you know it will be good. I already knew I was going to be a vegetarian for the evening (the presence of shrimp and sweetbreads decided that for me) and upon looking at the menu, we decided to really go for it and ordered the eight course tasting menu instead of the five course.
And in the first world of first worldiest problems, it was not good. From too much acidity to too much salt to a garnish that tasted like freshly mowed grass, courses one through four ranged from forgettable to a stringy root covered in sauce just lying on my plate unappealingly. It just was not good.
After taking this pic and eating this dish, I gave up on the photos. It's a swipe of sauce, a root coated in the same sauce, and crunchy thingies on top. It was as tasty as it looks...
The fifth course was a falafel patty on lentils and it was pretty delicious. I seriously considered asking if I could just repeat it for the next course or two. In hindsight, I really should have. Andrew's fifth course was basically the same thing, only with lamb, and it was also good (but eating lamb makes me feel guiltier than other animals so I tend to say I don't like it). There was also an olive ice cream course which sounds disgusting - I hate olives - but it was strangely good and probably the second favorite of the meal.
Through our meal, we kept seeing a large cart come out for each table's final course that had 5 - 6 bite-sized dessert options on it. We overheard the cart get explained to the table next to us and the diners got to hear info about each treat and ask questions. As our meal wore on, I noticed the cart stopped coming out and that tables were getting trays with the desserts on them instead. It's a tiny gripe, but I'm Veruca Salt and I wanted the
No coffee was offered, and we nearly always get coffee with dessert. At The Pass, a parting gift is always provided with the bill. but I guess our waiter was over it and just dropped it off at our table with no explanation - luckily, we had overheard the other table get a lengthy explanation of what it was, too. We left and immediately got online to find a still-open coffee shop in the area, a bit disappointed by what was supposed to be a great food experience.
But our coffee that followed was good, as were the mini s'more pies we ordered to accompany it. And the free cupcakes that were given away kind of made up for the sting of an expensive dinner that wasn't worth the money. We got a story out of it and we'll stop recommending The Pass to other people.
And maybe, next year, for our sixth anniversary - I'll just ask Andrew to cook at home and I'll make the coffee.
Linking up today because I like link-ups without rules.