Hi there! Happy Wednesday to you! We have made it half-way through the week already! I’m glad about that. I’m looking forward to the weekend but first we must get through the week. Last night was a great break in the week to do something fun! Mike and I were invited to attend a sampling of some new and classic items on Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Restaurant. We both have never been to Fleming’s before but it’s always been on my list of places to try. It’s a bit pricey which is the reason why we haven’t been there. There also aren’t that many in the area. There is one in Radnor, PA and one in Mount Laurel, NJ. We were invited to attend this event in Mount Laurel, NJ.
When we were seated, we were joined about another couple from the local media. I was nervous about sitting with people that we didn’t know but they were so friendly and welcoming. I really enjoyed talking with them and learning about what they do and about restaurants in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area.
The drinks and food were pre-selected for us which was nice. It gave us a chance to try a wide variety of cocktails and food that Flemings offers.
They started us off with their bread and butter duo.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the bread. It was tough and I like softer bread but I enjoyed the soft middle of the bread. I really liked the Parmesan butter. It had a ton of flavor.
We were given one of their cocktails – The Ruby Slipper (Mas Fi Cava, Cointreau and Pom Juice)
I enjoyed this cocktail. I like a drink that contains champagne as this one did. It wasn’t too sweet and had just the right amount of pom to make it enjoyable.
While we were enjoying our first cocktail, the appetizers were brought out.
We both loved every single appetizer! I think my favorite was the mushroom flatbread. The mushrooms and the cheese blended so well together. The flatbread was perfectly crisp. I could have enjoyed that by itself as a meal. I also thought the Burrata was interesting. I’ve never had anything like it. The chef explained what it was and it is almost like a ball of mozzarella cheese stuffed with ricotta in the middle and it turns into a spread. When it is spread onto a crostini with roasted tomatoes and arugula, it makes for the perfect compliment to the beginning of a meal. The shrimp were huge! They were the biggest shrimp I’ve ever seen. They tasted very fresh and were a nice light start to a meal. I really enjoyed those appetizers. I thought they were extremely well done.
While we were enjoying the appetizers, we were brought out another cocktail to try.
I love drinks that have blood orange in them. This is the second time I’ve had a blood orange drink and I love it! I love the flavor the blood orange gives to a cocktail. It’s light and refreshing.
The main courses were brought out next for all of us to try. The manager of the restaurant did a wine pairing that would compliment the entrees. He did a fabulous job!
My favorite of all three was the Hall Napa Cab which is one of their “signature” wines. I enjoyed both of the reds and I didn’t really care for the white.
I didn’t try the steaks but Mike did and he absolutely loved them! He said how tender and juicy they were. I loved the Ahi Tuna and the Lobster! The lobster was light and fresh despite the fact that it was fried. I really enjoyed the flavor. The spinach and the potatoes were excellent as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the food.
Next up was dessert! We were brought out a port wine to enjoy while eating dessert.
Just when I thought the evening couldn’t get any better, I tried the desserts. Oh my gosh! I was in heaven. The chocolate lava cake brought Mike and I back to our honeymoon when we enjoyed chocolate lava cake on multiple occasions. That dessert is always a winner in my book. My favorite dessert of the evening though was the carrot cake. The interesting thing about this carrot cake is the fact that they add pineapple to it! The chef told us that and I thought it was so interesting. It made for a different flavor than the normal carrot cake we are all used to. The cheesecake was good too but I am not a huge cheesecake fan. My favorite was still the carrot cake. I probably could have eaten and entire cake myself!
Fleming’s really went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and gave us a sampling of everything this great restaurant has to offer. The chef and the manager are so passionate about what they do. It’s so refreshing to see people so passionate about making sure each guest has a great experience dining at Fleming’s. They are also very willing and able to accommodate any dining needs such as vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free. I thought that was wonderful. I would highly recommend giving Fleming’s a try if you have never been. Despite the fact that it is a chain, it definitely doesn’t feel like that when you walk through the doors! Thank you so much Corrie, and Ilana for allowing to us attend such a wonderful event!
Have you ever been to Fleming’s? Do you enjoy going to steakhouses? Which is your favorite?