Though I've eaten at Fleming's a number of times before, a few newer features have made this my new favorite place to grab a steak.
First, there are features we all love about Fleming's. It's classy and chic. The decor is stellar. The staff is professional and friendly. The seating is so much more comfortable than many restaurants in Richmond mostly because you're not sitting on your neighbor's lap the whole time. Though I've always found it to be on the noisier side, I always feel like a million bucks when I'm there.
However, most can't go too often because it's expensive. For a filet mignon, expect to pay $40 and this will not come with sides. However, Fleming's now offers small plates for about half of this. Not only is this much cheaper, but it allows you to try more than you normally would.
First, my husband and I split the Lobster Tempura, fried lobster served with a soy ginger sauce and an apple jicama salad for $22.50. While I'm not a fan of fried foods, this was delicious and the sauce paired very nicely with the meat of the lobster. We each got a nice portion of lobster and for what we had, I think it was very nicely priced.
For my entree, I ordered the filet mignon skewers which were served with a gorganzola bacon fondue and a tomato and mozzarella salad all for less than $18. My husband said he didn't want to order this because "they'll just overcook the steak." He was wrong! Trust Fleming's to always cook your steak perfectly. The meat nearly melted in my mouth. The sauce was unbelievably rich and decadent. I could only take a few drops over the meat but it was fabulous. And it was just enough meat for me.
My husband had the sliced filet mignon over shiitake risotto for $18.50. It was presented beautifully - it almost looked like sushi. The cook was perfect and my husband said he loved the flavors of the dish.
There you have it: surf and turf for two for $60.
Finally, Fleming's now offers 100 wines by the glass. The list is extensive and is logically organized so it's easy to quickly find what you're looking for. They also offer wine flights so that you can pair 2 oz of wine with each plate you order if you're feeling adventurous. I think this just makes for a fun date. Note that there is not a flat fee for the flight, so if you order a taste of an $18 glass of wine, you will pay 1/3 for it. But if you stick to some of the cheaper glasses you can try three for a reasonable price (and maybe go for it and try that $18 glass of bubbly you wouldn't normally order). :-)
I had such a nice time at Fleming's. As I said earlier, I think we are going to have to turn this into a regular date night spot. Fleming's just knows how to treat you right in a beautiful environment and with the small plates and wines by the glass/flight, we can have a fun and affordable date a little more often.