This was my experience back in January that I posted to my yelp page:Has anyone been here recently?
Our group of 9 stopped in for lunch the other day. Matt our server was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the menu & the restaurants farm to table concept. If the food would have been as good as Matt described the items this place would be on fire... however they unfortunately did not live up to his mouth watering description.
Take for instance their appetizer special of the day Korean Rice Balls. An item so popular they've decided to add it to the daily menu. Matt explained that the Korean Rice Balls are rice formed into balls then filled w/ crispy apple wood smoked bacon & local cheddar then the balls are rolled in panko bread crumbs & fried in duck fat until crispy & golden, served w/ their sirracha aioli. Sounded interesting & yummy...
What we were served was one of the worst things I've ever put in my mouth. W/ the description we imagined slicing into one of the rice balls and having bacon & ooey gooey cheese ooze out...honestly I'm not even sure if there was any cheese what so ever in the balls. If there was NONE of us saw it and we ordered 5 appetizers (total of 10 rice balls) there was probably 3 or 4 bacon bits mixed into the mush of rice. Also the panko they use at the Elements is mixed w/ minced rosemary. Which if you're familiar w/ rosemary it's a very strong herb. The rice was cooked to death. It was mushy/mealy almost the consistency of putting wet play dough in your mouth. It literally coated your tongue & mouth w/ its disgusting flavor. Ugh I'm literally fighting back barf right now writing about them.
I came to the realization that the only reason these barf balls could be so popular to add them to the daily menu has to be of Matt's description. It's hard for me to imagine that anyone could not only find these delicious but would enjoy eating essentially paste
Now on to the edible items. Between our table we ordered 4 sandwiches... 3 were the special of the day Gyro...comments were it was meh its "ok". The tzatzki sauce that it was served w/ was actually just plain sour cream so it's not really an authentic Gyro by any means.
The other sandwich was another daily special a roast beef on ciabatta w/ caramelized onions. It must have not been so good because when Matt came back to check on our dishes the comment was made "do you have anything I can dip the other half of this in to make it taste better" so yea I'm gonna assume it wasn't that great. Matt did bring some demi-glace which he said would be similar to an aujus for him to dip the sandwich in.
Someone ordered the crab cake wrap & she said it was delicious. Filled w/ lots of crab!
The rest of us ordered salads and I heard nothing but good things. I personally ordered their Cobb salad w/ salmon which was excellent. I loved all of the different vegetables that came with it. They were all crispy, fresh & delicious. The only thing negative critique I have (which is more of a preference than a negative) but normally a Cobb salad is served w/ blue cheese dressing and they only had ranch, a balsamic, & a ginger dressing. I opted for the ranch which was good but I much would've preferred to have blue cheese.
I'm giving them 2 stars because I think most of the items we ordered were unforgetable and not very good. I'd definitely like to go back and give this place another try...but I probably wouldn't order a sandwich.