Ever since Seasons 52 opened its doors in Costa Mesa I’ve been a big fan of its tasty low calorie menu. Every dish is under 475 calories and the best part is, each seasonal menu change has been better than the last. After sampling the current winter menu additions, I’d have to say, this is the best one yet.
Generally, I find myself liking about 60% to 75% of the new menu items. This time, I enjoyed almost everything I tasted.
To start, Organic Tomato Stack Salad ($8.25) with blue cheese, crispy chopped bacon, arugula, and balsamic glaze is refreshing, yet so tasty. Must be the bacon because bacon makes everything better! This dish is enough for a light lunch or to share with another person.
Both vegetarians and carnivores will find Roasted Spinach Stuffed Dollar Mushrooms ($5.45) pleasantly delicious. The portion is big and again, will suffice if you’re looking for something light.
One of the dishes which really stood out for me was the Maple Leaf Farms Sesame Duck Chop Salad ($14.95). I’m not usually a salad person preferring it as a side dish rather than an entree, however, this particular salad was unique to other salads I’ve had in the past. It arrives in a plastic container with the salad on the bottom and the duck on top so the warm duck doesn’t wilt all the greens. When it’s brought to the table, it is then “released” onto a plate.
Everything is chopped up into small pieces so you get every ingredient in each mouthful. Apples, mint, cranberries, butternut squash and toasted pecans come together perfectly with Asian-inspired flavors, and although the duck is served medium to medium well if you like it to be on the pink side, let your server know and it can be prepared to your preferred temperature.
Another dish I thoroughly enjoyed was the Prince Edward Island Mussels ($10.95). Steamed in a zesty marinara sauce, these mussels are tender and not the least bit chewy. Served with grilled ciabatta bread you will definitely use because you won’t want to leave a drop of that tasty sauce behind.
Two items on the menu uses Piedmontese all natural beef which is a leaner type of meat but packed with flavor. Piedmontese All Natural Beef Chili ($7.75/bowl) is hearty with chunks of tender meat, black beans and cilantro sour cream. I suggest getting a bowl of this for lunch when you want something comforting. It is really good!
Also on the menu is Piedmontese All-Natural Beef Burger ($11.25) served medium rare. Meat is ground in-house and served topped with guacamole, roasted pepper salsa, and spicy chili sour cream. I’m not particularly big on burgers but liked it immensely.
Vegetarians have the Sonoma Goat Cheese Raviolis ($13.25) to satiate their tummies. Simmered in organic tomato broth with roasted garlic and fresh basil, this dish is deceiving as it is both filling and flavorful.
The piece de resistance is undoubtedly Grilled Venison Chop ($26.25) accompanied by venison and mushroom ragout with truffle mashed potatoes.
The ragout is so good and would’ve sufficed with the mashed potatoes or even, some pasta. Keep in mind that this dish in its entirety is under 475 calories and there is no way you will leave feeling less than completely satiated!
With so many dishes to choose from, you will have to return to the restaurant several times to get through all of them.
Seasons 52 has generously offered a $52 giftcard to TWO of my readers. For a chance to win, just leave me a comment telling me which Seasons 52 winter menu item you would most like to try. Comments should be made by Sunday, Jan 15. Winners will be announced on Monday, Jan 16. Good luck!
at South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626