A Lobster's Tale

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (2405 West Alabama, 713-520-5959) is one of only a few nationwide to test-market new menu items for the chain, and it's offering some new, non-chop-house dishes. One that's already clawed its way onto the printed menu and will soon be served across the country is the lobster tempura ($24). It's a pricey little appetizer, but utterly yummy. Tails are split (three to a serving), and the meat is pulled, leaving just a slight connection at the tail for presentation. Then they're rolled in chilled water and rice flour and flash-fried. The batter's very light, letting the lobster meat speak for itself. And the dish comes with both lemon-lime tartar sauce and -- our favorite -- jalapeño sauce.
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Marene Gustin