Even though I was just saying on here that no one ever posts comments on steakhouse reviews, the other night we ended up at Fleming's. So can I just start by saying, will you guys prove me wrong here? There are so many steakhouses in Indy, and I have been to many of them, but I hadn’t really heard that much about Fleming’s. Actually the only thing I had really heard repeatedly was that there are often sports stars in there. Not sure why they like Fleming’s so much, but I told hubby to be sure and point them out if there were any while we were in there (since I wouldn’t probably recognize anyone with the exception of maybe Peyton Manning).
The interior of the place reminds me of a darker version of Eddie Merlot’s. Similar big room with a lot of wood. We got a nice booth on the edge of the room which was good because it was pretty noisy in there. I liked the looks of the appetizer menu because it wasn’t just the usual steakhouse apps--shrimp cocktail and crab cakes and a wedge. Don’t get me wrong, they have all those things, but they also had several other interesting things.I decided to go with 2 appetizers and share hubby’s steak so we could try lots of different things. I started with the beef Carpaccio, which is often one of my favorite things. This one wasn’t bad, the meat was very fresh and I enjoyed the Creole mustard sauce that was drizzled across—I enjoy the bit of heat from the spicy mustard to go with the pure smooth richness of the raw meat and there were also small dices of red onion and whole capers which gave a nice texture variation as well. There was also a small peppery salad covered with finely diced boiled egg. There was nothing wrong with anything specifically, but this wasn’t one of my favorite Carpaccios ever—I think I prefer a more even scattering of the flavors, and maybe some olive oil drizzled across as well (the meat seemed a little dryer than some other versions I have had). Anyway, everything was high quality, but it just didn’t jump out at me as one of my favorites.
My sister and her husband got lobster tempura as an appetizer and shared some of it with me. This was outstanding. The lobster was an entire tail that was fried tempura style and it was served with 2 sauces—a jalapeno pepper sauce and a soy ginger sauce. They were both nice and I had a hard time deciding which I liked better. The jalapeno sauce was a little sweet—almost like a sweet chile sauce. The soy ginger was thick with a consistency like a salad dressing, but with a pleasantly mild flavor of both soy and ginger.
Hubby’s bone in ribeye was excellent though—the meat is prime, and they did a good job cooking it medium rare. It was a great ribeye, hitting the perfect mix of the slightly chewy nature of the more marbled cut of beef, but still very tender. The steak was spot on. I ate quite a bit of it since I wasn’t as thrilled with my shrimp.
Like most steakhouses, the sides are sold separately and are large enough to share (among 3-4 people at least). We had the Fleming’s potatoes, which were their version of au gratin, but with cream, cheese and a little bit of jalapeno. The peppers were mild, and just had a tiny hint of heat, which I thought was a nice variation on the usual au gratin potatoes. We also had the chipotle cheddar mac and cheese. It was decent mac and cheese, but I didn’t really get the chipotle flavor out of it.
So, remember what I told you about the sports star thing? Well it was pretty funny, because we walked in with several burly looking guys and I didn’t really think much about it. During our dinner though our server told us that pretty much all of the Jets Football team was there (this was the night before the playoff game against the Colts). In fact the quarterback, Mark Sanchez, was sitting 2 tables away with some other players (ok, don't be mad, but that Mark Sanchez guy is pretty damn cute). And apparently, most of the rest of them were scattered around the place too. So that was kind of fun (even if I wouldn’t have known any of them if other people hadn’t pointed them out to me). So I guess that rumor is true—at least in my experience!
We finished with a dessert—the walnut turtle cake. It was good as well---thick and chewy with chocolate and caramel but chunky with a lot of walnuts. They also served it with a great big bowl of Chantilly cream which was light and tasty and a nice accompaniment to all the decadence of the cake.
This place is expensive—as are most steakhouses I find. The steaks range between $30-40 on the whole and come with no sides. The appetizers are $10-20 (is it weird they don’t have any prices on the website?). Is it a place I would be running back to? Probably not, but it was better than several of the local steakhouses. But if given the opportunity, I would probably choose a local like Peterson’s or an old standard like Ruth’s Chris. But that’s just me.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
8487 Union Chapel Road