For those of you who are special enough to remember, Pamplemousse reflects the ambiance and cuisine you would have encountered at a good French restaurant 40-50 years ago, and maybe earlier. The servers are proper, tuxedoed and very helpful.The ceilings are low, the tables draped with linens, the light a soft glow.
Two of us each ordered the 5 course prix fixe menu, which started with a generous basket of crudites accompanied by a house vinaigrette for dipping, reminiscent of Gabriel's a French country restaurant (now gone) near Washington, D.C. that we used to frequent in the 1960s and '70s, For our second course, we selected a bouchée de fruit de mer and a cassolete of wild forest mushrooms, but escargots were also available. Both of us ordered duck breast and duck leg confit for an entree. It was listed with a sauce a l'Orange, but we requested the armagnac peppercorn sauce available on the a la carte menu and were happily accommodated. Creme brulée and profiteroles completed our meal. All food was well prepared and the wine list offered a reasonable selection at reasonable prices. The only negative we experienced was an extremely loud couple at a nearby table of six, which may have simply been a problem of too loud voices or may have been the result of poor acoustics resulting from hard walls and low ceilings. We'll return; its definitely worth the trip and has the very distinct advantage of avoiding the excessive everything that comes with the celebrity chef culture encountered "on the strip."