After hearing so many great things from online and word of mouth, I finally had a chance to visit Fleming’s Steakhouse in Nashville to see for myself if the place was indeed as great as everyone has been saying. The atmosphere of the restaurant is exquisite. The décor is beautiful. It’s classy and upscale, kind of what you would expect with fine dining more than a steakhouse, with linen table clothes, perfect low lighting, and ambiance for an intimate meal. We were seated quickly and our server Megan was super friendly and knowledgeable. Flemings is currently running a special feature of the Southern hemisphere, their latest exploration of steak and wine. “There is an endless world of culinary possibilities when refined cuisine and an exquisite varietal meet. That’s why we explore the world for inspiration spanning from one hemisphere to the other, celebrating each wine harvest. At the onset of every year, the climate in the Southern Hemisphere is at its peak to begin to harvest the grapes that create amazing wine — to celebrate this time-honored tradition we have created a pairing menu inspired by the vineyards and flavors of Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.”
We began the meal with Colossal Shrimp with Passion Fruit served with a sweet and savory passion fruit sauce. It’s almost a perfect dish — large, chubby, firmly textured shrimp, in a sauce that’s sweet and spicy at just the right level of satisfaction and satiation. They’re cooked tenderly all the way through and you can taste the true right out of the ocean freshness that we love in our seafood. It’s a dish, in short, you can’t stop eating.
You’re likely to go to Fleming’s for steak. The filet mignon is served with a flavor flight inspired by the culinary influences of the Southern Hemisphere: rich mole and cabernet butter sauces, savory chimichurri, and black lava salts. Pair with Catena, Malbec Mendoza Vista Flores Argentina Wine. The steak is dense, delectable and, like all the cuts here it hits the grill where the tangy beef picks up a lovely char. I’m actually pretty upset that I waited so long to experience this. I wish all beef was presented this immaculately.
Although the single best meat I’ve had anywhere is the glossy, fist-size, powerfully delicious, New Zealand rack of lamb. It’s served over mouth-watering crispy leeks and truffle-parsley mashed potatoes. The wine pairing is Yalumba, Shiraz Barossa Patchwork Australia. It has clearly defined flavors mixed with just a little spice and extra flair. This is one of those dishes that you promise yourself you’re going to eat just a few bites of and then the plate is completely empty. Good food is like that.
Entrees ended on a high note with the Ora King Salmon with a panko and mushroom truffle crust, a handsome plate that featured a perfectly grilled piece of fish. The salmon was flaky and moist served over sautéed beech mushrooms and a garlic butter sauce. This paired perfectly with on of my favorite wines, Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand. It’s hard to be blown away by salmon, but with this dish Fleming’s at least came close. We’re still dreaming about each bite of the pale pink fish.
Happily, the raspberry white chocolate bread pudding dessert lives up to the hype. It’s a slab of dense, custard-infused construction, standing upright in a pool of white chocolate and raspberry sauce. And yes, it tastes as rich as it sounds. No question, this is a dessert meant for sharing – unless maybe you’re hoping to meet a cute cardiologist. This dish is warm, colorful and unique, and a little bit of a different approach to traditional bread pudding.
In many ways, Fleming’s is exactly what you’d expect. It’s stylish but comfortable and certainly impressive. While we weren’t blown away by any single offering, to say this place appeals to the city seems almost too obvious. The competition for beef-eaters in the city is fierce. Fleming’s not only covers all the expected bases, it goes overboard with extras for appetites of all persuasions. This is a menu that’s heavy with classics, done about as well as they’ve ever been done.
DINNER AT FLEMING’S:
Location: 2525 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 615-342-0131
Monday – Thursday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday – Saturday 4:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Reservations: Recommended Online
Attire: Nice casual.
Credit cards accepted: Yes.
Parking: Garage and Valet
The Fleming’s of Nashville is located on West End Avenue, across from Centennial Park and in front of Vanderbilt Stadium. Stop in after work and choose from our collection of 100 wines by the glass, including 30 local selections by our resident Wine Manager. Then stay to enjoy an exceptional menu of USDA Prime steaks and market-fresh seafood, including chef-recommended selections such as the Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye.