Elements Urban Tapas Parlour is a small restaurant in Whistler village that serves up a wide variety of tapas/small plate dishes. The restaurant is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Summit Lodge and Spa. The inside is cozy and dimly lit with nice artwork on the walls.
On the suggestion of the server, I ordered the hoisin pork lettuce wraps ($12). I’m glad I listened to her recommendation because the wraps were great.
The hoisin pork was tender and pulled apart with a subtly sweet aroma. There were also shredded carrots, beansprouts, green papaya, roasted cashews, rice noodles and a nuoc cham sauce. Nuoc cham is a dipping sauce that has a base of fish sauce. The sauce had a thin consistency and it was sweet, and had hints of chili flavour. All of the veggies were satisfying and I especially loved the tart, juicy, shredded, green papaya. There was a large portion of crisp lettuce leaves for wrapping and it ending up being filling enough for a meal.
Knowlton ordered the Pemberton beef sliders that come with Reup bacon, smoked gouda, crispy onions, and dijonnaise on a sourdough bun ($13). The sliders were larger than the average slider and the beef was juicy and flavourful. Knowlton said he enjoyed these but he found the bun to be a bit dry.
Lastly we ordered the two toned frites ($6) to share. This dish consists of a mix of potato and yam fries and a truffle aioli and white balsamic aioli.
The portion of fries was large and it is definitely a good deal if you want to order something to fill you up. I liked how thin the yam fries were sliced because they got crispy and weren’t soggy at all. The two dips were both amazing. They were creamy and had bold rich flavours. It’s worth it to order these fries for the dips alone.
We were both thoroughly impressed with our dinner and completely stuffed by the end of it. The plates are a good size and they aren’t so small that you feel ripped off. The atmosphere is nice, the food is good, and it won’t break the bank like many of the upscale restaurants in Whistler.
Yes, for a cozy dinner of shared plates.