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1051 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030933.781835 -84.387839
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Midtown, Northeast
Terrible service, food just so so – I went to this restaurant on a Saturday night with a party of about twelve. The service was awful! There were only three other tables in the whole restaurant, so the staff couldn't have been too busy. First they sat us in a tiny room with three mini tables (not enough room to set plates on for twelve people). It took at least fifteen minutes to get our drinks and the server messed up on several drink orders, so we had to wait another ten to get the proper drinks. When the food was brought out since the tables were so small we were holding the dinner plates in our laps...not so good for sharing small plates. We needed more forks and napkins and the server said they were out. We thought they were joking, but they never brought any out. We finished the first plates and waited for about 30-45 minutes for the rest of the food (which never came). The food was fair, nothing to rave about.
experimental postmodernist cuisine that fails – Unfortunately, the food does not impress with taste nor portions. The presentation is beautiful but that's the only positive comment I can give. The service was slow and the restaurant was not full. Portions were very small and bland. We tried many items and the only one that had any bit of flavor was the beef over sweet potato mash. Upon receiving the check we felt we'd been had. Unless the prices drop, the food imrpoves and the portions grow we would not recommend this venue.
Nice people, neat flavors, MIINISCULE portions – We all agreed that the experience was interesting, neat flavors, cool drinks, etc... But not at all worth the exorbitant prices. With that, I can't recommend the restaurant for a true meal. We will not return.
HELP! I'M HUNGRY! I WENT TO ELEMENT!! – Element? More like Particle. Me and my girlfriend left this place more hungry than when we went in. We had to stop by MacDonald's on the way home because I was about to gnaw my f#cking thumb off to fight the hunger pangs I was having.
Seriously, we felt like we were in a Saturday Night Live skit. The menus looked like something my niece scribbles when she plays "kitchen." The atmosphere was about as lively as it could be, considering all the partons were slowly starving to death. And the service was annoying. At one point, as I was trying to scrape together the paltry portions of some overhyped, nitrogen-jizzed on piece of fish, one of the waiters actually asked, "You all done with this?" I almost chewed HIS thumb off. I was going to get nourishment somehow, waitstaff be damned.
Was this some kind of reality TV experiment? Was there a reason they only wanted to "feed" us microscopic portions? Regardless of whatever painstaking measures the chef went to to prepare the Thai prison sized dishes, the point is, YOU DON'T GET FED AT ELEMENT!! In the nearly $70 meal we shared, neither I nor my girlfriend were ever in danger of ever getting "full." Through the thick cloud of nitrogen and b#llshit that was wafting through the sterile atmosphere there, we searched and we searched and we searched... first, for a meal... and when that couldn't be found... a way out.
ONLY FOR THE UNUSUAL TASTE BUDS – We went on Saturday night, 4 August with a cautiously open mind aware of the unusual cuisine. There were 3 of us of different ages and taste preferences and none of us had a very pleasant experience. The service was exceptional with all questions answered fully and with pleasant enthusiasm by our server. The kitchen staff brought several complimentary samples and were all very nice and smiling. Food on the other hand, not so enjoyable. The best things we had were the drinks..one Liquid Nitrogen Margarita and one rum/coke/grenedine. Both were excellent. We ordered the Squash Ravioli...excellent, the Asparagus/egg yolk/ham..ok except for the poached-type egg, and chicken w/ravioli...nasty! For dessert we shared the Vanilla Panna Cotta w/coke and found it to be much better tasting than sounding with the coke melting resembling chocolate pieces. Many of the samples from the kitchen might have been a good taste, but the texture made it unappealing, such as the "chips and salsa". Chips and topping was excellent but the "salsa" came in clear gelatin cubes and was not suitable. All in all, it was ok for a one-time experience, but would not spend that much money for such tiny portions again just to be dissapointed.
Foodie paradise from established chef – My fiance and I used to frequent his previous efforts. The new location is a little bit of a better fit. The focus is really on the food, and the staff was very accomodating. We did the tasting menu and asked if they had an availble wine pairing. They didn't have a set pairing, but assembled one for us on the fly. Overall, the food was creative, had great presentation and solid flavors. Seared eel with goat cheese and watermelon was an incredibly declicious (and unexpected) combination. Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant for foodies who want to try delicious food from a chef with a unique point of view/approach.
AMAZING flavor – Chef Blais has a true gift. If this isn't your kind of dining then you probably should skip it and leave all of those delicious morsels for the rest of us. Blais really makes the most mundane foods amazing and I have never had this experience anywhere in the world. What you have to remember is that this is art. Everything he serves is art and you really taste it and feel it with your senses. Of course they aren't huge portions! You wouldn't want it to be! You come to taste his art and it's wonderful. If you are that hungry stay with one of the larger BLG restaurants, this is an experience. I loved every bite. I'm so glad he is in Atlanta and I hope he stays.
"skip it" has taste bud issues – I'm sorry but I just had to comment on the "skip it" review posted below. I have probably dined at Element a dozen times since Chef Blais took over the kitchen, my most recent meal being today for brunch. I'll quote myself, something I said during brunch: "it's like a taste explosion." You can say what you want about adventurous food, the experimentation is not for everyone. But to say the food at Element is "without flavor" is simply insane. And I think it is very important to note that Blais and team do NOT overload everything on the menu with chemicals. Their menu is eclectic enough to please any hardcore foodie but also the meat and potatoes lovers at the same time. I know, because I've brought people there whose favorite restaurant is Carvers (one of Atlanta's best meat and threes). They raved about the food at Element and returned just a short time later.
No one in town is doing food like Element's, and anyone who is a fan of excellent flavors with an (only slightly) experimental bend really owes it to him or herself to check out Element. It is so much more than a meal, it really is an experience that you can't find anywhere else in Atlanta.
Best brunch in town! – Brunch at Element was fantastic. I got the flap jacks with coffee butter (amazing!) and Kim Ware's Crab Cakes (with this mango sauce to die for). My girlfriend got the smoked salmon (on a bagel) dish with the lobster hash on the side. We also tried the beet salad and the tomato salad and everything was superb! Hats off to Richard Blais for not only fantastic food and beautiful presentation, but also for being extremely nice and generous.
I cannot wait to go back!
Skip it – I have been a long-time fan of One Midtown Kitchen, so the idea of hiring Richard Blais to create an incredible menu makes sense. While his nitrogen-themed menu sounds like an exotic culinary adventure, it fell very flat on the Saturday night I visited.
The best item on the menu is the nitrogen margarita (which is a really strong concentrated version of a frozen margarita) and the tomato ceviche. Bravo on those. But the other dehydrated fare including chips and salsa, peach/goat cheese "sushi", squash ravioli, freeze-dried peas with parmaesan cheese, pate, angel hair pasta and roasted chicken were terrible. The "nitrogen" effect on all the ingredients left the food without flavor and having a very odd texture. I also didn't know whether I should have been disappointed or silently thankful that the portions were as pitiful as they were.
Any time I am disappointed at a fine restaurant, I am open to the notion that either the chef had an off night or maybe I ordered an item that hadn't been perfected. I'm always open to giving the restaurant a second chance. Until now.
I thought it was strange when I walked in at 8:30 on a Saturday that there were only 3-4 other couples eating. Now I know why. Try again, Richard, I don't think this concept will last for long. Looking forward to the next menu!
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