Another week, another restaurant in the suburbs showing off their repertoire! That seems to be the trend as of late - and I am enjoying seeing what these spots are all about. A sophisticated grill and wine bar, Seasons 52 is a part of the specialty restaurant group that owns The Capital Grille. Their menu changes with the seasons four times a year, and is accompanied by an exceptional wine list of which 52 are available by the glass. One of them includes an affordable champagne, Chartogne-Taillet ($15.50) Cuvee Sainte-Anne which proves to be an ideal aperitif - light, bone dry and deliciously fruity.
Of the ten or so appetizers presented to us, pictured here are my favorites.
Their rendition of the ever popular Blistered Shishito Peppers ($7.20) are served with roasted corn, Sonoma goat-feta cheese, lemon-aioli and sumac. There were delicate strips of lightly seared Ahi Tuna and tender bites of oak grilled Lamb Lollipops that benefited from a smokey char. They exclusively serve Nantucket Bay Scallops, which were beautifully rendered with brown butter and meyer lemon, served in the shell. Flatbreads with a delightfully crisp, paper thin crust have mass appeal for sure, but only the Blackened Steak + Blue Cheese ($10.50) with cremini mushrooms, spinach and caramelized onions managed to stand out in a crowd.
As for the entrees, everyone around the table seemed to really enjoy theirs. Bob had the Asian-Glazed Sea Bass ($31.80) over organic black rice with snow peas and shitake mushrooms. My Oak Grilled Filet Mignon ($28) was expertly cooked to medium rare, bathing in a red wine sauce with yukon gold mashed, broccolini, roasted tomato and mushrooms. A glass of Jolie Saison Gamay ($12) unfolds with rich fruits and subtle spice notes. A good structure with silky, graceful tannins prove it's well suited to match the filet mignons smooth and buttery texture.
Their take on dessert is refreshing. Let's be honest, after a heavy steak or seafood meal you rarely want a dessert matching in feat and size, but your sweet tooth kicks in regardless. A rotating selection of mini parfaits and tortes offer delicate spoonfuls of goodness served in a double shot glass. Pictured are the Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cannoli, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte and Pumkpin Pie. They are the perfect way to end this type of meal, especially alongside a glass of aged Tawny Port.
220 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
*this meal was complimentary, all opinions are my own*