I first heard of Pamplemousse when it was featured on the newspapers and have always wanted to visit it since. Pamplemousse is a cosy little restaurant in Dempsey that offers French food at affordable prices. I like its concept of offering only set menus instead of an ala-carte menu.
Lunch is a 3 course affair at $32++ while Dinner is a bit more elaborate – either a 6 course Chef’s menu at $98++., or a Prix Fixe menu (2 courses at $48++ and 3 courses at $58++)
I seldom touch on the decor of the restaurants that I visit, but on this occasion, I thought why not! I like the decor of the restaurant – it isn’t anywhere opulent or grandiose, but it has this certain charm to the place that makes this place a welcome change from the run-of-the-mill fine dining restaurant. Perhaps it’s the “high-ish” ceiling, perhaps it’s the display tables with ornaments.
Citrus marinated salmon | Pamplemousse confit | Saikyo miso aioli | Croutons
Prior to my visit to Pamplemousse, I spied the appearance of the Salmon on a few blogs and I knew that I had to give it a try. Admittedly it was a toss between ordering the Caprese salad (Momotaro tomatoes and Mozzarella are personal favourites, you see) and this.
Was the decision a right one? Let’s just say it wasn’t a bad decision.
The salmon reminded me of a smoked salmon – minus the salt. The texture was firm and was pink throughout. I liked the subtle citrusy flavour that was infused into the salmon. But other than that, I just did not feel that it excited the palate.
Onion Soup “Breakfast”
French onion soup | Caramelized onion pain perdu | Truffled nori butter
Unfortunately, the friend found the onion soup to be rather ordinary.
Special of the Day: French style Duck Breast
I was bent on ordering the Duck Confit for my main course until the waitress said that there was a special main course for the day. My eyes glowed in delight when I heard that there was duck breast! (Alright, I am exaggerating – but it did pique my curiosity!)
So, good bye Duck Confit; Hello Duck Breast.
The chef was seeking comments for the duck breast as he was planning to include in the Christmas menu. I was pleased with the outcome – the meat was tender and flavourful. The mashed potatoes that accompanied it was smooth and creamy! Also, it brought back memories of the meal that I had in Hong Kong at Liberty Private Works and of Hong Kong as a whole.
36 Hour Braised Lamb Shank (+$5 supplement)
Brandade potatoes | Zucchini | Roasted red capsicum
Like me, the friend looked up the menu online and was determined to have her braised lamb shank for her main.
A wise choice, I must say. The lamb was fork tender and was delicious in every aspect.
Red bean jelly | Lotus cream | “Mooncake” crumble | Pandan frozen yoghurt
Panna Cottas are one of my favourite desserts and I’m glad to see it on the menu on Pamplemousse.
Regretfully the panna cotta was a bit too firm for my liking. Correct me if I am wrong, but my definition of a good panna cotta is one that is wobbly – think Ristorante da Valentino’s. I am certain that there are many schools of thought here, but to each his own, no?
Osmanthus crème brulee | Lychee sorbet
Frankly, I thought that the creme brulee was average.
Pamplemousse Bistro + Bar
Block 7, Dempsey Road
Tel: (65) 6475-0080
Tue–Fri: 12pm–2.30pm, 6.30pm–10.30pm
Sat–Sun: 11.30am–2.30pm, 6.30pm–10.30pm
(Closed on Mon)