Elements Cafe, Haddon Heights, NJ
My husband and I decided to dine here last Saturday. We have read conflicting reviews on this place, but decided to give it a try and use our own taste buds in this affair.
Cuisine: continental flavors with Asian, Italian, and French influence
Parking is great no traffic, great off street parking. Upon entering the restaurant we were quite surprised how small the place was and was not packed (definitely should be). We brought our very own white and red wines because we were not sure what we would be eating. We were greeted promptly and sat near the window (a must request to see passerbys). They recently had restaurant week and ended the day before, however, they stated they could still honor the pricing and the menu if we would like (very accommodating)
Now, the interior is nothing fancy to look at. A very simple restaurant, to the basics, however, very intimate and romantic. We chose off of the regular menu. Now they have “tapas” styled plates, people get freaked out by that concept, but it is enough to share and feed for 2.
The bread comes out fresh and very good.
First course: Duck Ramen and special cheesesteak egg roll. The duck and ramen worked well together. The duck was very succulent and just melted in your mouth. The eggroll had tons of flavor and had a nice soy dipping sauce to the side. Average for my liking, but not bad.
Second Course: had the spinach salad with Gorgonzola. Wow, excellent. Very savory. My husband had the pear arugula salad and was very good as well.
Main Course: salmon with a black eyed pee purée, fish was cooked perfect and flavors meshed well together. Hubby had the venison, was also cooked perfect and a lot of flavor.
Dessert: no flour chocolate torte and popcorn ice cream with a caramel glaze. Very unique. The chocolate torte had a nice sweet bitterness to the chocolate and went well with our coffee. The popcorn ice cream, well had a nice hint of popcorn on the flavoring and paired well with the caramel glaze.
All in all, our total was $70 for the two of us and all the delicious food. Service was excellent as I am very picky. when eating out I expect great service and we did. The waitstaff truly knows the menu and the history of the building itself. We both had a nice intimate dinner and will definitely return.