Set a cell phone alarm for 5 p.m. today. That's when the first reservations for The Pass, the much-anticipated, high-end side of The Pass & Provisions, go live. (To get one, call 713-628-9020.)
The Pass will open on Nov. 27 (Greg Morago first reported the opening date). The 36-seat restaurant will offer a single dinner seating from Tuesday through Saturday and serve only five- and eight-course menus by chefs Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan with a choice of wine pairings or a set of pairings that will include cocktails, beer and wine.
As an email announcement describes the experience,
Bringing the essence of the kitchen to each table, chefs will serve, describe and answer diner’s questions, creating an authentic experience for each customer while placing emphasis on the process behind transitioning food to plate. Similar to dining at a chef’s table, diners will be able to connect with the local and global inspiration and experience of each chef and behind every dish, in an upscale, casually elegant atmosphere, complimented by a thoughtful international wine list.
Considering how popular the more casual Provisions side of the restaurant has been since opening in September, foodies are already predicting that The Pass will be one of the toughest reservations to get in town. Whatever the tariff, if the food is anything like the preview dinner that Siegel-Gardner and Gallivan prepared with Marcus Samuelsson this summer, it will be well worth the effort.