NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar continues to set the standard in steakhouse dining with its introduction of seven Small Plates to its menu. These lighter, healthier dishes represent a whole new way to dine at Fleming's – to be enjoyed anytime with a glass of wine, shared with friends, or as a starting course to a meal. They can even be an alternative to a large entree.
Fleming's Small Plates are reminiscent of a Mediterranean style of dining and dishes like the Sliced Filet Mignon with Shiitake Risotto blend Asian influences with European flavors. Others like the Lobster Tempura are a variation on a Fleming's favorite.
"One of my favorites is the Lobster Tempura," says Russell Skall, Fleming's Executive Chef. "We took a guest favorite that was an indulgent, high-calorie appetizer, and recreated it. You still have the succulent lobster and dipping sauce only now it's paired with a salad and has only half the calories."
Skall began creating and testing Small Plate combinations nearly two years ago. What started with close to 100 original dishes was paired down to 25, then 10, and finally the best seven that joined the Fleming's menu on September 21.
The seven new Small Plates include: Sliced Filet Mignon on shiitake risotto, chili oil, drizzled with porcini butter; Jumbo Shrimp Scampi Skewers with chimichurri dipping sauce and avocado citrus salad; New Zealand Petite Lamb Chops with pistachio-mint pesto, "F-17" sauce, and polenta fries; Ahi Tuna Skewers with wasabi aioli, sweet tomato vinaigrette, and homemade wonton chips; New Bedford Scallops with meyer lemon-honey glaze, baby carrots, green beans, and asparagus; Filet Mignon Skewers with gorgonzola-bacon fondue, mozzarella and sweet tomato salad; and Fleming's Lobster Tempura with soy-ginger dipping sauce, arugula, jicama and apple salad.
"Small Plates let our guests customize their meal and their dining experience," says Skall. "They are a direct response to requests we've received for more choice in portion size, light options and items to share."
Fleming's Small Plates range in price from $15.50 – $22.95. As with the majority of Fleming's menu, they can be modified to be gluten free upon request. Guests also will find a contemporary new look and feel to Fleming's menu designed to be lighter and easier to read and including original artwork from noted artist Thomas Arvid.
Also debuting is Fleming's newest "5 for $6 'til 7" bar menu with five wines from the new Fleming's 100, Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen (available 2 for $6), and the Stiletto – a 99-Calorie cocktail in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
About Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
The nationally acclaimed Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers the best in steakhouse dining – Prime meats and chops, fresh fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders—with a unique wine list known as the Fleming's 100, which features over 100 wines served by the glass. Fleming's was launched in Newport Beach, California in 1998 by successful restaurant industry veterans Paul Fleming and Bill Allen. Today there are 64 restaurants nationwide. Fleming's is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including Wine Enthusiast's annual Award of Distinction and Wine Spectator Magazine's Award of Excellence.
For more information about Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and the Fleming's 100, please visit www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com
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