Pamplemousse Grill, Solana Beach, Ca
Pamplemousse is French for grapefruit. It comes from the Dutch meaning "fat lime". The logo for the Pamplemousse Grill is a cute goose. The branding suggests light, casual fare. It isn't that. It is fine dining and expensive. The place was happening with a boisterous race track crowd. The artwork inside is very amusing. I would have looked around more, but most tables were taken.
We started with appetizers of a melon with proscuitto salad and white asparagus soup. Very nice! They brought out melting soft rolls and butter. We didn't have cocktails because I was feeling a little under the weather.
For my main course, I had a bison steak. Bison is a very lean meat, so it is easily made tough and dry with improper cooking. My steak was very tender with a traditional "au poivre" preparation. My friend had a wonderful lamb stew with very tender meat.
For dessert, I had a key lime tart and my friend had a trio of sorbets. The tasty desserts had a very pretty presentation.
Our check was a bit over $200 with tip. The food was great. It is a fine special occasion restaurant.