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La Petit Pavillon in Pompano

JmVikmanis | Nov 15, 200306:56 AM

This has to be grey haired, early bird, fine dining heaven, and with very reasonable prices. This little country french place serves only prix fixe dinners but what a deal. Most are $13 or 14.95 for starter, main course and dessert. I had asparagus soup followed by salmon with a breadcrumb/seafood topping and a slice of cheesecake. With two glasses of a pinot grigio of unknown name plus tip the whole thing was only $30. Decor is certainly nicer than most places in this price range and service could not have been better from patient, long-suffering staff with a quiet sense of humor. One server waited and then returned to leave the bill at a table of 3 older ladies who argued about who should get the bill for an extended period. As I was having difficulty arising from my table because of recent knee surgery, another waiter swiftly and deftly placed his hand and weight on the other side of the table to counterbalance my weight as I arose. I smiled and said, "you do that perfectly, I bet you need to do it a lot" He just smiled in return and said he was waiting for the chance to be of help. Plainly this is a place frequented by an older clientele. It's fun at my age (58) to find myself possibly the youngest diner in the room. The place knows its niche and does all the right things for the people it typically serves. The prices are extremely reasonable and the service and menu are plainly designed to please those for whom an evening out means several courses, a couple of drinks (they have a full bar and I expect they do a mean Manhattan) and a chance to dress up a little (or not, there's no dress code) and feel relaxed and elegant for a time. The food isn't of the highest standard but what can you expect for $13.95 for three courses? My asparagus soup was a bit thin. Perhaps it was designed to keep calories down by not including the cream I was expecting. It was tasty, though. No one asked how I like my salmon cooked and it came automatically well done--not my preference, but then I didn't volunteer that I'd like it fairly rare and almost translucent so I don't know if they'd have prepared it that way if I'd asked--or if they had. The breadcrumb/seafood mixture that topped the salmon was likewise a bit overcooked for my taste and again not as creamy as I expected. The cheesecake was good but the jelly-like topping was indecipherable as to taste or origin and the cheesecake would have been better without it. The steamed veggies were very bland and needed salt, but that might reflect the taste or general requirements of the older clientele the place caters to. So..not a perfect meal, but a rather nice one in a very nice setting with some very nice service for a very nice price.

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