Mar 12, 2012

Places to eat in Kansas City: Seasons 52 on The Plaza

Seasons 52 is a high-end restaurant chain that just opened a location in Kansas City's Country Club Plaza last year. As the company website says, they feature a "seasonally-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list." As our server explained it, the whole menu changes seasonally, then there are a number of features which change week to week.

The decor feels sort of like a nice hotel lobby. Elegant, pleasant, but lacking soul.

Our server was perfect. Friendly and sincere; knowledgeable and helpful without being pushy.

My daughter and I split the Tiger Shrimp Penne Pasta with "market vegetables in a lemon-basil sauce with Parmesan cheese," to quote the menu. The shrimp was nicely done and the vegetables were perfect, but I couldn't taste lemon or basil in the sauce. In a cheaper restaurant, the dish would be perfectly acceptable, but given the location, the ambience and the prices, I expected to be wowed. I wasn't.



My husband ordered the Blackened Fish Tacos. They were beautifully presented, but as you can see, none too generous with the fish. His take on the flavor was similar to mine regarding my pasta.



On to dessert! (I don't know who first came up with the idea of serving tiny desserts in restaurants, but it is genius!) I ordered Lemon Pound Cake, and it was finally the calibre I was expecting: a perfect balance of sweet and sour. My daughter ordered Mango Cheesecake, which she said was good but lacking much mango flavor. My husband ordered the Pecan Pie with Vanilla Mousse, and it was so sweet he didn't want to finish it.

I always hate to give bad reviews, probably due to that mantra driven into us all in childhood: "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything." But unless someone else is picking up the ticket, I won't be back. It's not horrible; really, it's not! It's just not much above good.  :(

Seasons 52 website
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week

Seasons 52 on Urbanspoon

You might also like these places to eat in KC:
El Patron
Beer Kitchen in Westport

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