Ed. Note: Fleming is now closed.
Fleming is tucked on the side of a strip mall on 136th Avenue Street, close to the Falls. It’s popular with Pinecrest locals. Have you heard of it? Exactly.
Fleming hopes to increase its visibility with a turn on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. The surly chef and his staff prescribed changes to the menu and to the interior, both of which got a facelift after the chef’s visit. The show airs this Friday night (5/7) at 9 p.m. on Fox.
“Each week, Chef Ramsay will attempt to turn one ordinary and empty restaurant into the most popular, sought-after venue in town. He reveals the behind-the-scenes realities of running a restaurant and wastes no time getting down to business – implementing signature menu items, updating dated décor and making the restaurant run as smooth as possible.” [Fox: Kitchen Nightmares]
Although the restaurant kept some of its signature Danish or classic French items on the menu, they changed others, following the subtle recommendations of Chef Ramsay.
General Manager Andrew Hall invites diners to compare some Fleming original recipes with some of Ramsay’s this Friday night. Fleming will serve wine and appetizers from 6:30 to 7:15, followed by a limited dinner menu, dessert, coffee or tea, and then the show at 9 pm.
Some of the items on the premiere night menu are Fleming’s duck danoise (served with baked apple and prunes, red cabbage, and roasted potatoes), Cuban coffee rubbed rib eye steak (served with cauliflower gratin and potatoes), and snapper francais (served with lemon butter sauce, capers, and linguine). The cost for the night is 35$, not including tax and gratuity. Diners must reserve in advance. “It is sure to be a fun night and probably a bit embarrassing for us,” says Hall.
When: Friday, May 7, 2010. Appetizers and wine from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm, followed by dinner. Contact Fleming for seating times. Show airs at 9 pm.
Where: Fleming, 8511 SW 136 Street, Miami (305) 232 6444
How much: $35, including wine, appetizers, soup, salad, entree (from premiere night menu), coffee or tea. Tax and gratuity are not included. Diners must reserve in advance.