‘Good taste is always in season’ – that is what the people behind Seasons Bistro believes; and I do too, because it only makes sense that you get the freshest produce in its seasons. Not only that, because it’s in season, there is an abundance of what you want, and where supply and demand teaches us, higher supply would mean less taxing on us, the consumers. With that said, you can expect seasonally-changing menus at this restaurant that serves up American cuisines.
Seasons Bistro is a big space, taking over Applebee’s previous location at Triple One Somerset. Facing the main road, you are invited to sit and watch as the crowd thins with time, while blending into the warm wood furnishings. Alfresco, indoor or bar-counter seats – it’s completely up to your desire.
Seared Yellowfin Tuna Taco ($14++) :: We were started off really well with the Seared Yellowfin Tuna Taco. For the price, there were considerably generous chunks of well-seared tuna, tossed in picked onions, crispy shallots, cotija cheese, and cilantro jalapeno watercress salad on tortilla shells, accompanied with avocado mayonnaise. I would order this meaty but healthy salad any day.
I wasn’t quite impressed with two of the starters, the Truffle Fries ($7++) and Succotash ($6++). While yes, they are both cheaply offered, I’d rather pay more for a better experience with the truffle fries. It is sprinkled with parmigiano reggiano and rosemary sea salt, all of whose flavours could be stronger. As for the latter, I think it just isn’t my kind of dish. It’s merely a toss of vegetables comprising corn, beans, tomatoes and peppers.
Pan-seared Foie Gras ($16++) :: If you’d prefer your Foie Gras to be left untouched and unpolluted, this appetiser isn’t for you. If you do not mind, this is quite an interesting mix of sweet and savoury. It seats on a piece of soft bread, and is accompanied with a whole party of chocolate ganache, bacon jam, caramelised banana, and granola grumbs. It’s a myriad of flavour and texture all together. Though I prefer mine to be left naked, I still thought it’s quite worthy for the price in any case.
Grilled Portobello Salad ($15++) :: If anyone is up for some salad, this is it. I couldn’t believe how worthy this salad is. Priced at $15, you get a whole slab of St Maure Terroir goat cheese as pictured, smooth, soft and easy to eat, thick generous cuts of grilled portobello on a bed of salad with tomatoes, beans, the addictive candied walnuts, pickled onions and bacon crisp, dressed in red wine vinaigrette. Portion is reasonable and a healthy salad almost couldn’t get any better.
Surf & Turf Gumbo ($27++) :: I did not expect myself to fall in love with this dirty rice that is drenched in okra tomato stew. It turned out to be a good bowl of well-balanced sweetness, spiciness and sourness. It is packed full of shrimp, chicken and sausage, garnished with pickled onion, cilantro, chow chow relish and french bean salad. A very, very wholesome dish, somehow felt like a comfort food to me too.
Seared Albacore Tuna ($26++) :: My favourite main course of the night, as you’ve read, the others were excellent as well, was the Tuna. Seared to a beautiful pink, it is already good by itself. But with the option of pairing it with salsa verde, it was made even better. I love the herby, weedy (no I don’t take drugs) flavour of the salsa verde. It helped lift the flavour for sure. The Tuna meat was firm and has a good bite to it. A cherry on top of the pie – it’s a sustainable seafood. Yes to that! Also, it’s almost as low as a Tuna dish is usually priced. Must try.
Overall, I thought this new kid on the block is here for serious business. Not only are the items priced reasonably, the quality of the food appears not to be compromised. In addition, the dishes aren’t what you commonly see. I did not get to try its desserts, but I heard good words about its Mojito Tart ($12++) – one I’ll try on my next visit. A thumbs up too, for supporting sustainable seafood. Worth a visit.
What’s worth paying for:
Seared Yellowtail Tuna Taco.
Pan Seared Foie Gras.
Grilled Portobello Salad.
Surf & Turf Gumbo.
Seared Albacore Tuna.
Address: 111 Somerset Road, #01-11/12 Triple One Somerset
Telephone: 6836 5841 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Mon – Thur); 11am – 2am (Fri); 10am – 2am (Sat); 10am – 12am (Sun)
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