I have just come back from a long weekend in Christchurch which largely centred around eating excessively. On Saturday night my parents took my husband and I to Passengers + co which I had heard so much about.
For dinner it is a set 4 courses with three in-between courses as well. There is no menu and you have no idea what you are getting when each plate arrives, which isn’t unusual with a set menu, but what makes Passengers different is even the chefs aren’t sure what they are cooking – every day is different and it depends what they find at the markets. The night we went there was only one waitress on, this is because the chefs are the ones that serve the food. They bring each course to the table and describe exactly what the dish is in person which makes for a truly unique experience.
The soup course, which was Potato and Leek, arrived with the chef carrying fresh black truffle to grate at the table. Before she did she walked around with it so we could each smell it and decide if we wanted it – at $3 a gram we all wanted it!
So what did we eat??
Puffed crackers filled with a cheese sauce with dehydrated olives
Potato and leek soup with white truffle oil and freshly grated black truffle
Sous vide Malborough salmon wrapped in leeks with beetroot, horseradish cream and an almond, orange and parsley gremolata
Duck liver parfait with sliced apples and crackers fried in duck fat
Duck marinated in pineapple with a thai style pumpkin puree, caramelised yams, banana mousse and a banana foam
Salted butter caramel ice cream served straight from the churner in the dining room
A torn hazelnut cake, carrot and honey puree, tamarillo, olive oil jelly and a popcorn sorbet
It was one of the best and most memorable dining experiences I have had in a long time and I highly recommend you check it out.
They are open Monday – Friday 7.30 – 4 and for dinner Thurs, Friday and Saturday only