I went to Elements during SJ Fall Harvest Restaurant Week. I've been wanting to go for a few years because the menu sounded interesting. It's a BYOB, but you can order bottles. We ordered soft drinks because we don't drink. The food is ok, but nothing memorable. I wouldn't go back.
Arrival: Seated quickly. It's a bit dark, but you can still see everything.
Service: Our waitress, Rebecca, was really nice and helpful. When I needed my meat done more to my liking, she quickly took it away and dealt with it.
Food: Bread and butter is provided. We ordered the following --> Goat Cheese Crostini (cranberry mustard) & Corn & Shrimp Dumplings (1st course); Butternut Squash Soup & Bibb Lettuce Salad (2nd course); Grilled Lamb Chops and Jumbo Lump Crab (3rd course); and Pear and Blackberry Tart & Apple Cinnamon Sorbet w/ Rosemary Biscotti. The first course was fine. I like the dumplings because you could taste every single ingredient. The second course was ok as well. My husband loved his salad, but it was just a simple garden salad to me. The soup needed salt and the little bits of pancetta were helpful, Still, it needed salt. Third course, my lamb was under my liking. The chef refired and it was done quickly. I enjoyed it much better, but it still lacked seasoning/salt (which I finally just asked for and it was supplied). The meat was tough and chewy. I know it was cooked more, but there's still a way to make it soft. Also, it was tough even prior to re-firing it. The croquettes that accompanied the lamb didn't make sense to me. The dish itself was just odd and not satisfying. Again, it was fine to eat, just not knock-your-socks off good. My husband enjoyed his crab and I had a few bites, but it lacked seasoning to me. For dessert, the tart on its own was a bit boring. We mixed the sorbet I got to elevate it a bit and that worked. I'm not a fan of biscotti, but I ate it all.
We ate everything because it's small plates style and I didn't eat much during the day so I was hungry. We were full, but I didn't feel satisfied by the meal. I don't know what could have been done to make it better. I think they would have certainly tried if I said more, but we were on a time constraint with our babysitter. The meal was enjoyed by the other patrons, I could tell, but it just didn't hit the spot for me. I'm thankful for the gift cards we received however.
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