Elements is located in an historic site that once housed the library, post office and butchery that were a centre for the local community in Lyall Bay. In a casual relaxed atmosphere we continue that tradition by being a place to meet, talk, eat and drink. The once divided shops are now a 75 seat café just a short hop from town.
As the owners since 2004 we have a vision of creating a place in the suburbs were you can get food, wine and service with the same standards of the city but without the hassles.
Our food philosophy is the use of the best seasonal and local produce available. Our food is honest and approachable with our focus being on delivering food that simply tastes good!
This might be considered by some as nit-picking but having worked as a barista previously I have very high coffee standards. When I’m charged $5.00 for a coffee and $2 per fluffy I expect a properly made cup.
I watched as the milk was prepared and then the best froth given to my children’s fluffies. Then, the next milk lot was poured into another customers cup (who came in after me!) and I was given the “leftover”. Any barista worth their weight knows the poorest milk is the last. And that was my cup. Which ended up a Flat White, not a Latte. Unforgivable for a cafe IMO.
Maranui, Queen Sally and Elements are equidistant from my house. I regularly choose Queen Sally as the barista there knows how to make a decent cup of coffee and not short-shrift his regulars.
I thought I’d try Elements for a change but I won’t do this again. The only thing positive I can say is their coffee blend is “good”.
$9 value? How would you feel?
Oh, and my kids (who have almost no standards) complained their fluffies were cold.
Love this place. I quite often come here for breakfast and it is always fast and delicious. Not very original of me, but I usually get the Benedict, they do it well. When I do branch out everything else I have tried has been a winner. Love their take on lambs fry(always reminds me of mum)
And I enjoyed the lamb pie I had recently .
Nice and relaxed atmosphere.
Looking forward to trying out the evening menu at some stage.
Being from out of town and wanting to host a celebration dinner with family and friends, Elements Cafe was the perfect choice with the private room.
The correspondence I had with the staff in organising the dinner we always helpful and the evening itself was a great success. Everyone commented on the excellent food and friendly, professional service even when the 30 of us kept changing places!
I cannot recommend Elements highly enough, it was perfect.
We celebrated a 50th birthday with 25 others at this restaurant last night. The food was fantastic – and I’m pretty picky! The waiting staff were also helpful and efficient. I would return again and again. Well done!
Love the cafe and love the food. The salmon, excellent. Pate, delicious and well seasoned. Souffle was about as good as a twice baked souffle can get.
The problem I have here is the steak. I eat my steak blue, and the chefs don’t seem to be able to cook steak blue the first time.
Steak #1 came out rare – sent it back, came out perfectly the second time.
Steak #2, I told the waiter to make sure it still moved when I stuck a fork into it. The steak came out, I stuck my fork in it and sighed – overcooked, probably medium. Before I could cut it though, the waiter came out and told me he had been informed that it wasn’t blue – and offered to replace it before I could take a bite. Gave me a free beer too. The second blue steak was perfect.
The lemongrass panna cotta was oversweet, though this may be my palate. Couldn’t finish it.
Awesome menu, awesome food. Wait staff were full of humour and seriously awesome service.
Tread with caution if you eat blue steak though. That’s all.
good suburban cafe in lyall bay. nice chilled environment food is always high standard and service efficient.
had the bacon hash last time wasnt so impressed with that seemed to be lacking in the key ingredient bacon! but otherwise big breakfast and eggs bene are always solid options.
Just returned home from having had dinner at elements and all i can say is that I am extremely disappointed!! I am not a big eater but what was served was pathetic! I had the vegetarian platter which consisted of 5 baby asparagus spears, half a mushroom, 1 gnocchi, a handful of spinach leaves with feta on top, baby beetroot tart (that was about the size of the top of a tea cup) and some tomato sauce!
No wonder I left hungry!!!
We ate here on a freezing,rainy Friday night so the warm welcome was especially welcome.We hadn’t booked but came early at 6pm with our 3 kids and we treated beautifully. Delightfully, for a restaurant with such superb food, there were 2 kids options offered of steak andchips and fish and chips, which were beautifully cooked and presented. We tried the outstanding Wellington on a Plate dinner offering, which was sublime. We’ve never tasted lamb ravioli like it in our lives – and we’ve eaten around the world a great deal. This is a real discovery – a superb restaurant, with great service, relaxed and welcoming, right in the suburbs. The owners and staff deserve congratulations for a great idea, brilliantly executed. “Build it, and they will come”….
I had the pleasure to eat at Elements recently for dinner
Whilst the decor is nothing specical the food was excellent and the wine list is very well priced with a good selection of little known bottles to tempt you, as well as interesting wines available by the glass.
The prices are reasonable and reflect the quality of the food.
Really good food my poached eggs were perfect and the girls I was with were particularly enthused by the muffins, but I have to agree with the comments about the coffee, which was less than average… which was a shame as I would have been tempted to go back for coffee and a sample from the absolutely fabulous looking cake cabinet!
We had heard great things about the food, and it was good BUT..our dining experience was average due to their kid unfriendliness – wanted to put us (4 adults + toddler) on a 4 seater table in dark corner, not happy when we rearranged a table to seat 5, even with a near empty room.
They were Definitely not happy when we asked for a bread plate for our 2 year old to share our food – sorry guys but if you have NO kids menu he has to share ours..not a winner for us either.
Won’t be back in a hurry no matter how good the food maybe, I expect better.
I have only eaten here once and it was thoroughly delicious esp the cheese soufflé and pate – it was a wet windy and wild night and we were waiting for guests to get into the Wgtn airport so ordered pretty late – the food was really great but the service was a little lax (had to go to the counter a couple of times to ask for wine/cutlery etc). Love the concept and the proof that you don’t have to dine in the CBD to have outstanding food.
Stunning food, top service, friendly smiles, oodles of room and they do a ‘What’s Cooking’ nite where you learn how to cook stuff and enjoy it with some well matched wines. Scott the chef is clever and believes in ‘fresh’, Nicky his able matre de and wife is awesomely organised and you’ll love the whole experience.
I agree this place is awesome! Great menu, food doesn’t only sound good it tastes fantastic! Lots of choices for vegetarian, heaps better than anywhere else in this area. Have been for lunch and after looking at the dinner menu can’t wait to go again!