You have all heard about my “list” of places to try. Well Element has been on there for a long time. It was time to cross this one off.
My visit was a Friday so of course, a drink was in order. At the time, they were redoing the cocktail menu so I can’t say if they have any custom creations. I stuck with a Cabernet so I could keep things simple and focus on the food. The server shared that the menu does change based on what’s fresh and they stick with as many local ingredients as possible. Since I had already reviewed the menu before going, I had a few things that I knew I wanted to try.
For appetizers, I went with the country fried foie gras and the Pork Belly. I’m sure the pork belly isn’t a surprise to anyone at this point. In case you didn’t know, foie gras is a must order for me as well. I love the decadence and texture. I’m sure that PETA won’t be showing me any love after that confession…
This is my first time having country fried foie gras so I was a little unsure of what to expect. It was paired with greens and green tomato chow chow. The dish had a very southern feel and frying the foie gras made me think of fried chicken liver. It’s a completely different take on this delicacy.
My quest to eat pork belly more than any human should continues! This pork belly was served with prunes, pear, walnuts, and blue cheese. I love dishes like this. Each bite gives you the opportunity to mix-and-match different flavors and textures. My personal favorite was the belly, walnut, and blue cheese. I loved the pairing of the pear, walnut, and blue cheese. Be careful; the blue cheese is strong, so a little goes a long way.
The first large plate was the lamb pot roast. I needed a dish to redeem lamb after my experience at RJ’s. This was not your mom’s pot roast, unless hers is also tender and rich.
The second large plate was the duck breast with scrapple, brussels sprouts and apple butter. I haven’t had a vegetable surprise me in a while, but I really liked the brussels sprouts. Wait, did I say I liked brussels sprouts?!?!? They weren’t over cooked so they stayed crunchy. The apple butter was a solid accompaniment to the duck breast. I always love fruit pairings with duck.
After all that food I was going to stop, but thank God I didn’t. Dessert was the payday and I felt like I hit the jackpot. The peanut butter cake and caramel was fantastic. If you don’t like things that stick to your teeth, you may not like this dish. Personally I was happy to be able to save that flavor for later. This made the struggle to drive down I-64 through the traffic and construction completely worth it. I would go back just to eat this and hope it stays on the menu.
Element has an adventurous menu that changes frequently so each visit will be unique. It’s clear they like to have fun and like to experiment. The highlight of my meal was the dessert. Hopefully the Payday is frequently part of the regular menu.
Dive 2 Five Scale: 4. This place is hard to find in the dark if it’s your first time. Look for the rock climbing gym. It’s very contemporary inside and has a lively atmosphere. They have small and large plates to fit all appetites and dining preferences.