After hearing so many great things from online and word of mouth, I finally had a chance to visit Flemingâ€™sÂ Steakhouse in NashvilleÂ to see for myself if the place was indeed as great as everyone has been saying. The atmosphere of the restaurant is exquisite. The dÃ©cor is beautiful. Itâ€™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.Â Â We were seated quickly and our server Megan was super friendly and knowledgeable. Flemings is currently running a special feature of the Southern hemisphere,Â their latest exploration of Â steak and wine. â€œThere is an endless world of culinary possibilities when refined cuisine and an exquisite varietal meet. Thatâ€™s why we explore the world for inspiration spanning from one hemisphere to the other, celebrating each wine harvest.Â 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 â€” to celebrate this time-honored tradition we have created a pairing menu inspired by the vineyards and flavors of Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.â€
We began the meal withÂ Colossal ShrimpÂ with Passion FruitÂ served with a sweet and savory passion fruit sauce.Â Itâ€™s almost a perfect dish â€” large, chubby, firmly textured shrimp, in a sauce thatâ€™s sweet and spicy at just the right level of satisfaction and satiation. Theyâ€™re cooked tenderly all the way through and you can taste the true right out of the ocean freshness that weÂ love in our seafood.Â Itâ€™s a dish, in short, you canâ€™t stop eating.
Youâ€™re likelyÂ to go to Flemingâ€™s for steak. The filet mignon is served with a flavor flight inspired by the culinary influences of the Southern Hemisphere:Â rich mole and cabernet butter sauces, savory chimichurri, and black lava salts.Â Pair with Catena, Malbec Mendoza Vista Flores Argentina Wine. The steak is dense, delectable and, like all the cuts here it hitsÂ the grill where the tangy beefÂ picks up a lovely char.Â Â Iâ€™m actually pretty upset that I waited so long to experience this.Â Â I wish all beefÂ was presented this immaculately.
Although the single best meat Iâ€™ve had anywhereÂ is the glossy, fist-size, powerfully delicious, New Zealand rack of lamb. Itâ€™s served over mouth-watering crispy leeks and truffle-parsley mashed potatoes. The wine pairing isÂ Yalumba, Shiraz Barossa Patchwork Australia. It has clearly defined flavors mixed with just a little spice and extra flair. This isÂ one of those dishes that you promise yourself youâ€™re going to eat just a few bites of and then the plate is completely empty. Good food is like that.Â
EntreesÂ 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 servedÂ over sautÃ©ed beech mushrooms and a garlic butter sauce. This paired perfectlyÂ with on of my favorite wines, Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand. Â Itâ€™s hard to be blown away by salmon, but with this dish Flemingâ€™sÂ at least came close. Weâ€™re still dreaming about each bite of the pale pink fish.Â
Happily, the raspberry white chocolate bread pudding dessert lives up to the hype.Â Itâ€™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 â€“ unless maybe youâ€™re hoping to meet a cute cardiologist. This dishÂ is warm, colorful and unique, and a little bit of a different approach to traditional bread pudding.
In many ways, Flemingâ€™sÂ is exactly what youâ€™d expect. Itâ€™s stylish but comfortable and certainly impressive. While we werenâ€™t blown away by any single offering, to say this place appeals to the cityÂ seems almost too obvious.Â The competition for beef-eaters in the city is fierce. Flemingâ€™sÂ not only covers all the expected bases, it goes overboard with extras for appetites of all persuasions. This is a menu thatâ€™s heavy with classics, done about as well as theyâ€™ve ever been done.
DINNERÂ AT FLEMINGâ€™S:
Location:Â 2525 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203Â 615-342-0131
Monday â€“ Thursday 5:00 PM â€“ 10:00 PM
Friday â€“ Saturday 4:30 PM â€“ 11:00 PM
Sunday 4:00 PM â€“ 9:00 PM
Reservations:Â RecommendedÂ Online
Attire:Â Nice casual.
Credit cards accepted:Â Yes.
Parking:Â Garage andÂ Valet
The Flemingâ€™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.