By: Daniel Otero
This was a restaurant recommended to me some two years before and with life’s bustling throes, I finally had the chance to go and enjoy its cuisine. Element Fresh is one of the restaurants hitting China with the concepts of infusion.
The restaurant holds promise and is everything stacked-up to what it’s worth?
The restaurant itself mixes and easily plays with concepts of veganism. Further exploring into Arab and Italian cultures; for foodies it’s one to try and evaluate.
Being pulled inside as if taken by a magnate, the place was dim lighted, but in a nice-sexy way! It felt cool, with the ‘jazzy air’ and disco music made it a pleasure for all the senses to awake for the desires of food!
It all seemed easy on the palate, but with an overpriced repertoire on the varieties of food inside the menu.
As we sat and ordered, my mate and I began with the appetizers.
Service was good and fast. And I began with was a Tuscan White Bean Soup with Pesto. Which is a basic tomato soup, it had the variety of vegetables and sadly it didn’t have the ‘Pow!’ I was expecting. The soup was watery, it was okay; however, it wasn’t a great starter.
On the other hand, my spouse’s was a Roasted Pumpkin & Okra [salad] with apple vinaigrette. It was the ‘pow’ I originally wanted! Holding its own in freshness and with gorgeous crunchy textures, it was the high I had expected with my own starter—but was given a disappointing low.
The Pasta Puttanesca came as my entrée. It was good, better than the appetizer. The pasta was silky and al dente. Somewhat harder on what I’m used to and still, this dish was worth my time and it has potential. One thing disappointed me, the lack of capers and olives. Now, my fettuccini was fine in the ingredients of garlic and onions.
My partner’s Fresh Vegetable Wrap with tofu was just out of this world! The dish was flavorful in a wheat-wrap, using Chinese and Mexican infusion of textures, lovely to say the least. The Chinese tofu was sweet and soft, with hints of honey. It was just a desire to eat, my palate craving for more and it wasn’t mine to dispense of.
Here I wished I had ordered my mate’s cuisines.
We ended the evening with a carrot cake.
This dessert was worth my time. It was the best carrot cake I ever had in my life! Soft and tasty cream cheese, elevating it with the hints of ginger and accompanied with gelato; I have to say it was the savior of the night on my closure to this dinner.
Frankly, the restaurant is nouveau, elegant and would I honestly repeat the experience? The answer is yes! Now, I wouldn’t go for the Italian cuisine. It was somewhat of a let down. I preferred my spouse’s orders.
She stuck to what this restaurant is all about. Serving elevated ideas in the arts and forms for those who love their organic veggies and desire MSG-free foods.
I had missed the mark on my order, but the establishment had missed theirs’ completely on the Italian-flavors.
Surprising me positively only when I tasted my better half’s dishes.