Craig LaBan visits haute chef gone rustic, Matt Ridgway at his country restaurant, The Pass. LaBan calls the Rosemont, New Jersey BYOB “one of the region’s best destination dining bargains.”
[S]o many of the brilliant touches here – enriching the red wine shellfish sauce for the lobster with earthy chicken livers; the cocoa-steeped agrodolce grapes that add juicy depth to the octopus terrine; the Roquefort glaze that lends transformative piquance to banana bread; a sweet-tart eggplant chutney that gives an exotic tang to the foie gras-turkey terrine – are whimsies best left to chefs with chops like these.
Two Bells – Very Good
The Pass: Comeback chef’s sophisticated fare [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The Pass [Official Site]
Photo by Bryan Lauth
Remember a couple weeks ago when we were able to announce that Matt Ridgway (of PorcSalt fame, and formerly the chef at Lacroix) had gotten the retail arm of his new combination French bistro/general store in Rosemont, New Jersey up and running?
Yeah, well now we have even better news. Come May 1, The Pass will officially open to the public. And when that happens, Matt Ridgway will finally be back in the kitchen and cooking in our area–something he hasn’t been since 2004. (For those of you who are worried about the New Jersey address, Rosemont is just 5 miles from New Hope, on the Jersey side of the river).
So here’s what we know in terms of opening details:
Sous chef, hours, brunch news and an opening menu, right this way
Hey, remember a little while ago when we told you about Matt Ridgeway (of PorcSalt fame, and ex chef at Lacroix) opening a combination general store/French bistro called The Pass out in Rosemont, New Jersey? Yeah, well it looks like he’s now halfway there, with the announcement on PorcSalt’s Facebook page that the Pass’s “retail charcuterie counter” is now up and running. The restaurant portion? That’s not quite ready yet, but it’s coming.
The hours for the retail business are currently Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am-5pm. And for those of you who want to get a taste without making the drive (Rosemont is just a few minutes away from New Hope, on the Jersey side of the bridge), Ridgeway and his charcuterie will be at the Rittenhouse Market on Saturday from 10am-2pm.
The Pass [Official]