NBRW: Fleming's Prime Steak House
Newport Beach Restaurant Week. This review is past due, but it was a memorable lunch as we were celebrating my brother's birthday! My boyfriend made the reservation and we helped the bro roll into his big 3-0. We arrived in time for our reservation and was seated toward the center of the dining room with our table set and menus handed. You had options to order from the prix fixe menu or the regular menu. We decided to just mix things up with a few options from each.
We started with a round of cocktails - Russian River Gold and Boubon Basil Smash. The Russian River Gold was finished with a layer of red wine for its beautiful contrast against the bourbon. You can choose to mix the two or imbibe as you please. The bourbon basil smash was super aromatic with muddled basil on the nose and caramel spice as you sip.
As a starter, I couldn't resist the crispy Castelveltrano olives with sliced Marcona almonds and pickled onions. The olives were pitted and breaded for that crisp exterior, while maintaining its buttery texture and vanilla-y flavor. The almonds were lightly toasted for its cherry aroma, which complemented the olives.
Our appetizers arrived to the table as soon as we finished the starter. We opted into the prix fixe menu for its value, so we had the Modern Caesar and Soup of the Day - Seafood Chowder. The chowder had chunks of crab, clams, lobster, and potatoes for a hearty bowl while the salad remained a lighter option. Tossed in a light dressing, the Caesar salad was comprised of hearts of romaine, Parmesan, fried capers and prosciutto chips finished with a toasted crostini.
Our main entree was the porcini crusted 6-oz filet with beecher mushrooms and gorgonzola cream sauce. I had requested mine to be medium rare, but it arrived to the table medium and a bit dry for my preference. However, my brother's was perfectly medium rare and he suggested we switch since he preferred mine. Such a nice gesture and we both ended up super happy with our plates.
Dessert - New York Cheesecake with blueberries and white chocolate shavings. The cheesecake was very soft and the crust crumbled as you sliced through with a fork. Not the best cheesecake I've had, but it was enjoyable.
As we continued to dine, my brother celebrated with another round of drinks, but this time he would have his own Bourbon Basil Smash. His version was a bit different. The basil was completely muddled and it was more of cocktail than a bourbon forward sipper. Overall, lunch was a success and I'm curious to return to Fleming's for a dinner experience. Will have to come back soon!
Fleming's Prime Steak House
455 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660