For upscale tapas dining, you can’t go wrong by dining at Elements Urban Tapas Parlour in Whistler. On the outskirts of Whistler Village, it features locally produced foods in a menu that changes frequently. We arrived early to beat the expected crowd, which never materialized. Perhaps it was the season. We didn’t complain though, because the food was of generally high quality.
The standout entrée was the steamed mussels whose broth was so delicious that we polished off a basket of bread to sop it up with, creamy from coconut milk and redolent of lime and lemongrass.
Steamed mussels in a lime and coconut milk curry broth
Impressive in presentation was a salad tower of stacked tomato and mozzarella slices, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and drizzled with pesto and olive oil. This was a refreshing salad, innovative and good.
Tomato and mozzarella tower with pumpkin seeds and drizzled with pesto and olive oil
Not as visually stunning was a spinach salad with feta and pumpkin seeds. The emphasis, as I gather it is for most dishes here, is on freshness and presentation, but the salad was fine though not particularly memorable.
Spinach salad with feta and pumpkin seeds
Better was the grilled pork chop, topped with tomatillo salsa and goat cheese, served with grilled asparagus and a polenta uniquely spiced with ancho chile powder. The chops sported nice grill marks and was nicely seasoned and smoky. The asparagus, however, was overly charred and limp.
Grilled pork rack chop, tomatillo salsa, grilled asparagus and ancho-spiced polenta
Elements Urban Tapas Parlour
4359 Main Street
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4