November 19, 2011
The above sentence is not something you typically hear when talking about a restaurant, but at Seasons 52 that is their mantra. Everything listed on their menu is under 475 calories, with no sacrifice in taste at all. My aunt, cousin and I decided to have a girls night and go out to dinner. Again, I didn’t take pictures (ugh I know, I’m slacking – I’ll get back on the wagon for my next post, I promise!) so I hope my descriptions form mental images of the amazing food we had. There’s a pretty extensive list of flatbreads so we got one of those as an appetizer to share. We got the flatbread listed on the Specials: artichoke and goat cheese with balsamic onions and red peppers. The thin crispy bread was a perfect base for the ingredients – sometimes too much bread can take away from the flavor of the main focus of a dish. Here it was the goat cheese and artichokes, and I definitely got the creaminess of the cheese and bitterness of the artichokes with every bite I took. I absolutely love goat cheese and any dish that includes the ingredient usually gets an A in my book. I decided I’d try one of their signature martinis. It was really sweet, which I like, so I was happy with it. The Superfruit Martini is made with a Veev Acai Spirit, Pom Pomegranate Blueberry Juice, and organic agave nectar, garnished with a few blueberries. Then came our dinners. Mind you, there is no bread served for the table, and dinners do not include the standard soup or salad option. This factors into the “Everything Under 475 Calorie” concept. All three of us ordered a seafood entree, and of course we all tried a bite of each other’s dinner. I got the grilled sea scallops with roasted asparagus and tomato-mushroom pearl pasta. My cousin got the artichoke-stuffed shrimp with leaf spinach, pearl pasta and a clam cioppino sauce. None of us really knew what this sauce tasted like, so just in case it wasn’t too her liking, she ordered it on the side. She ended up being pleasantly surprised by its taste. My aunt got the grilled boneless rainbow trout with roasted carrots and asparagus. It was a beautiful piece of fish, and tasted just as great as it looked. The stuffed shrimp were delicious too, and my scallops were cooked to perfection. All of us were completely satisfied with our meals and couldn’t stop gushing about how good everything was. But no dining experience is complete without dessert. These desserts are the perfect ending to a great dinner. They are served in shot glasses, so there is no after-dinner regret or stomach woes from eating too much!. There is a huge selection to choose from, ranging from seasonal fresh fruit to decadent chocolate rocky road. There is even a no-sugar-added cookies and cream option. We got three different treats and shared: pumpkin pie served with a mini gingersnap cookie on top, key lime pie, and caramel mocha macchiatto. These are three very different desserts each with their own distinct flavor. Having a taste of each was just what I needed to satisfy my end-of-the-night sweet tooth. The best part about this meal? We didn’t leave feeling overstuffed or uncomfortable like you sometimes do after a big meal. Seasons 52 is in Boca Raton on Glades Road. I’ve been told the bar area is really nice, with live music some nights. Whether you’re headed out for a meal or just drinks and appetizers, Seasons 52 is a pretty good choice, for taste and your waist.