We dined at Elements Urban Tapas Parlour on Friday evening, after our awesome experience at Bearfoot Bistro’s Belevdere Ice Room. A few highlights of the night were Elements Signature Bruschetta ($10) and Grilled “Butler” Steak & Two Tone Frites ($13). I forgot to snap photos of our dinner, but we ended up returning for breakfast on Sunday morning because we enjoyed our meals so much.
Located in the Summit Lodge & Spa, Whistler’s premier boutique hotel, Elements Urban Tapas Parlour is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Soft lighting, comfortable suede banquettes, an open concept show kitchen, and a soothing cascading water wall all provide a relaxing yet upbeat atmosphere.
The only negative aspect was that we had to wait approximately 30-40 minutes for our table on Sunday morning. This would not have bothered us so much except that the host continued to seat tables of 2s and 3s ahead of us – without mentioning that she would only have small tables available.
It became rather annoying watching countless customers being seated, while we waited patiently. The host could have easily stat us at the bar, but she let other people (who had come after us) dine there instead. Or she could have pushed two small tables together. I’m going to assume it was perhaps her first day on the job, and she was obviously inexperienced. We ended up telling her that we’d be willing to be seated at two separate tables. So she finally sat our other two friends, while my friend and I continued to wait…Also, we were not permitted to wait in the restaurant as we were instructed to wait outside.
On the upside, food was excellent: Portion sizes were substantial and our breakfasts were very filling.
Elements Benedict ($9) – Tomato, Avocado, Aged Cheddar, Pesto Hollandaise – Two poached free run eggs, toasted English muffin, element’s signature potato tartlet with chives & crème fraiche. My avocado was perfectly ripe, I adored the pesto hollandaise, and we all raved about the potato tartlet. A lovely shot of freshly made juice + cantaloupe ball was included alongside all of the breakfast dishes.
Elements Classic Breakfast ($9) – Two free run eggs any style with a choice of smoked duck sausage, Canadian back bacon, double smoked bacon, honey ham or roasted tomatoes paired with Element’s signature potato tartlet with chive crème fraiche and multigrain toast.
Element Baked Frittata ($11) – Pancetta, Roasted Red Peppers, Goat’s Cheese – Two free run eggs mixed with a blend of fresh herbs paired with their potato tartlet, chive crème fraiche, and artisan breads. Emmy ordered a croissant for her artisan bread choice, but the server changed her one dollar without communicating the extra charge. Not a big deal, however, a mention would have been appreciated. Regardless, Emmy exclaimed it was the best croissant she has ever had: buttery, lightly flaky, melt-in-your-mouth baked good heaven.