Elements Diner is a new Yaletown restaurant at 910 Beatty Street serving Asian fusion cuisine. Their menu is East meets West featuring dishes of an international range. As the Georgia Straight has aptly summarized it, you'll find dishes from the Philippines (Crispy Pata, Sizzling Pork Sisig), Taiwan (Honey Toast Box, Bubble Tea), France (Croque Monsieur, Croque Madame), Italy (Fungus Wild Mushroom Risotto), and China (Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage, Scallions, and Pork Floss). Last month, I decided to try out Elements Diner with an Axka deal they had for a dinner for 2.
Modern & Minimalist
The interior of Elements Diner is modern but quite minimalist. When my husband and I walked through the entrance, we were greeted by one large empty space. There were some sofas near the front, counter seating near the windows, a few dining tables at the back. The middle of the restaurant had an ordering counter. The layout of the restaurant just seemed a bit confusing because it seemed more like a takeout place rather than a full-service sit down restaurant. As we approached the counter, a server greeted us and directed us to one of the tables.
What We Tried
The Axka deal was a dinner for two (1 appetizer, 2 mains and 2 drinks) and valued at $28. We ordered the following:
- Classic Milk Tea ($4)
- Taro Milk Tea ($4)
- Edamame Waldorf Salad ($7.75)
- Crispy Pata ($14.95)
- Drunken Chicken-roll Risotto ($11.95)
- Pork Sisig - replacement dish ($11.50)
The bubble tea drinks were okay in terms of flavour, ice levels and sweetness levels. The tapioca pearls could be improved because I thought they were a bit too hard.
The Edamame Waldorf Salad was a twist on the classic Waldorf Salad by having crispy edamame. It was a bit fruity and sweet from the apples, creamy from the mayonnaise, and nutty from the candied walnut.
The Crispy Pata is a Filipino-inspired dish with deep-fried pork knuckle with spiced soy vinaigrette. If you have a cholesterol problem, you certainly will want to avoid this dish. The exterior was nicely crispy and the meat was tender and succulent. The vinaigrette dip is needed to cut the grease.
When we tried the Italian-inspired Drunken Chicken-Roll Risotto, we immediately found it too salty. So salty that it was pretty much inedible and we had to return it to the kitchen. The owner a few times and she later determined that salt was mistakenly added to the chicken stock.
Mistakes in the kitchen happens sometimes but the texture of the rice was still all wrong. The rice was hard not creamy and silky in a proper risotto, so even if the chicken stock had not been salted, I'm not sure if it the dish overall would have tasted good. I will give credit to the owner who handled the situation really well and she offered to provide us with a substitute dish.
We chose the Sizzling Pork Sisig with fried egg and garlic rice as the replacement dish and got it as takeout since our parking was running out. I tried it when we got home and didn't find the dish that appetizing.
I wanted to like Elements Diner but the experience was entirely lackluster. There wasn't one dish I tried that I truly enjoyed. In general, I think Elements offers too many dishes of varying types of cuisine. For our dinner, we had four styles - American, Filipino, Italian and Chinese dishes - and the flavours just didn't go well together. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend Elements nor would I return. Rating: ⅖