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Sensational Seasons 52

Since Seasons 52 first opened in Indianapolis in March, I have been looking forward to experiencing the fresh and innovative dishes all the Indy foodies had been buzzing about. So when the opportunity came my way I was ecstatic to finally eat there.

The group I was dining with was going to be about 5 people so we decided that day, which happened to be a Wednesday, to call around noon to make a reservation. We were all pretty surprised when the hostess told us the earliest available reservation was not until 8:30 that evening. We had all been looking forward to seeing what the restaurant had to offer so we made our 8:30 reservation and decided we would simply go early and have a drinks and appetizers at the bar before our dinner.

Upon arriving at Seasons 52 I was impressed at their interior decor. With clean lines and dark wood throughout the restaurant, there was a very romantic feeling throughout the entire restaurant. While at the bar before dinner, all five of us enjoyed a different glass of wine (which were all excellent) as well as an order of edamame that was served with Japanese green tea salt instead of the normal sea salt seen on edamame. We also enjoyed the Caramelized Crab & Shrimp Stuffed Mushrooms with roasted garlic and Parmesan cheese for an appetizer. The stuffed mushrooms were packed full of flavor were just plain delicious. After those appetizers I was practically staring at our pager, waiting for it to summon us to dinner.

While at the bar there was live entertainment right in front of us. There was actually a piano inside the bar, right where all the bartenders were working. The man singing and playing went through all of usual restaurant numbers, Van Morrison, Hootie & The Blowfish, etc. Although he may have gotten a tad “lounge-singer-like” at times, he was very entertaining to listen to while waiting for our table.

Once we were seated, which was right about 8:30, we choose to continue with one more appetizer.  This time we choose one of the often praised flatbreads. Although I did not eat the Steak & Cremini Mushroom Flatbread (solely for the reason that I do not eat meat) it looked delicious and received rave reviews from everyone else at the table.

Several of us decided to begin our meals with one of the small salads. I choose the Kalymnos Greek Salad and honestly could have just eaten that for my main course. With the feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, sliced red onions and kalamata olives, the salad was incredibly flavorful and delicious. For my main course I chose something off of the weekly specials, the Tuna Steak Niçoise. Everyone else in the group choose a variety of dishes from both the special menu as well as the regular entree menu.

Once the dish came I was overwhelmed with how gorgeous and delicious it looked. With the perfectly cooked medium rare tuna steak cut into several large pieces laid over the small salad of arugula and other greens as well as perfectly crisp green beans and roasted potatoes and tomatoes. The flavor combinations of the dish were absolutely delightful.

What turned out to be my favorite part of the meal was the small tower of choices brought to us for dessert. The dessert tower included small shot glasses of desserts with options ranging from a Mocha Macchiato to amazing Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake which I choose. The carrot cake was the absolute perfect ending to my fresh, seasonal meal at what has quickly become one of my new favorite restaurants in Indianapolis.

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