I was invited to a preview of Seasons 52‘s new Winter menu that starts today! Some of the the items I got to taste are new to the menu and some are popular items that they are keeping on. Seasons 52 is known to make each plate with calories in mind. Most restaurant meals are jam packed with calories to make everything extra delicious but Seasons 52 get creative to make just as delicious meals with half the calories. Luckily, I am not currently on any diets and experience multiple items on the menu! Also, sorry for the pictures that are not crisp and clear 🙁
The first thing we received was the lobster raviolis! Lobster raviolis are one of my all time favorite food items so I was really excited for this one. The ravioli is made from squid ink and egg past and then topped with shiitake mushrooms and a sherry-lobster sauce. Three raviolis with the delicious sauce and sweet filling of lobster meat was 320 calories.
Next, we got their ahi tuna tartar. This was layered with wasabi-avocado mousse, tropical salsa, and Hawaiian sea salt crisps that contained 460 calories. The tuna was fresh and yummy but this one was probably my least favorite dish because of the tropical fruit salsa. If you like more of a sweetness to your tuna tartar, you will definitely like this. Its light a refreshing. I prefer my tartar more on the savory side.
Another appetizer we got was the oak grilled artichokes. YUM! This artichoke was drenched with butter and came with a creamy dipping sauce. I love artichokes in any form but I really liked the addition of it being grilled with butter all in it. We also received some warm towels to clean our buttery fingers after we chowed down on it!
After the appetizers my guest, Jenn, and I decided to try two of the soups. The butternut squash soup that had some shiitake mushrooms and chives. This cup has 210 calories and it so good! Its served hot and the sweetness of it really stand out! The mushrooms add a smokey flavor and adds a tad bit of bitterness that works perfectly with the sweetness. I usually don’t like sweetness in my food unless its dessert but this was very yummy.
This porcini mushroom bisque contains sour cream and black trumpet mushroom and contains 270 calories for a cup. This is a very hearty and filling soup! The bisque is full of pieces of mushrooms which I love! With every bite, you will get a bite jam packed with mushrooms!
The arugula and mushroom salad was the perfect salad. All these yummy ingredients all together in one big plate made me very happy. This came with a mild truffle dressing that was not overpowering and shaved parmesan cheese. This salad was pretty big and was 190 calories.
During the event we sat with another local Tampa food blogger Carlos. He got the NY strip steak. It was cooked to a perfect medium rare and it was so tender, like really tender and flavorful. It was topped with grilled peppers and had mashed potatoes on the bottom.
My favorite item of the night was the Asian Glazed Chilean Sea Bass! This came with organic black rice (also called forbidden rice), snow peas, shiitake mushrooms, and micro wasabi and was 580 calories. The fish was so delicate and flaky and with the glaze, it was so delicious! The combination of everythign was perfect and if I wasn’t so full from the other items, I would have licked this plate clean. Everyone at my table too was very impressed with the sea bass. If you like fish, I highly recommend this dish!
Another entree we tried was the shrimp and grits. Its really hard NOT to order shrimp and grits when I see it on a menu. It’s done so many different ways and I love seeing how different places make it. This entree is one of the more calorie filled ones since it has 720 in it. It comes with sautéed shrimp, chorizo, bacon, and stone ground cheddar grits. It all comes together in a tomato cream sauce. It was good but I would probably not order this again. There was too much sauce for my liking but if you like wet grits and tomatoes, this is calling your name!
The last part of the meal was the desert flight!! Look at all those yummies! Instead of trying to substitute ingredients to make a low calorie dessert, Seasons 52 just serves the regular desserts in smaller servings. From left to right: Smores, Carrot Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, Mocha Macchiato, Chocolate Ganache and Raspberries, Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Inside Out Canoli, and Blueberry with Lemon Curd. These were all super yummy and 4 of us finished pretty much the whole thing!
Have you been to Seasons 52 before?! What items did you think looked super yummy?!