In the last three or four years the food services at the University of Winnipeg have undergone a major transformation. Perhaps the most notable examples of this transformation are Stella’s in the Buhler Arts Centre, and Elements, which is located in the Richardson College for the Environment, U of W putting most sports teams to shame when it comes to selling naming rights.
In many ways I find Elements and Stella’s to be very similar in style. I would probably describe Elements as a more carnivorous version of Stella’s. This however, is a good thing. It’s especially a good thing when Stella’s gets overcrowded.
The last time had a meal at Elements I went for their Dehli Chicken. This is chicken served with brown rice, pita slices and a cucumber dip. The basic curry portion of the dish is very similar to Stella’s. I would rate the main differences being that the Stella’s curry has more kick, but the chicken at Elements was exceptionally tender.
Another menu item high on my list is the breakfast. I can sum it up in one word. Bacon. Elements has the best bacon in town. This makes for a superior breakfast.
The breakfast is just my favourite item on the menu. The menu is stellar from top to bottom. I ordered the steak rare, and it was beautifully seared and evenly pink throughout. If you’re less carnivorous than I, the Quinoa salad is a great blend that offers variety of tastes in each bite. The 3-Step Ramen bowls, with the poached egg, make for a great lunch choice as well. I prefer the hot and sour broth.
These only scratch the service of the menu. There is plenty of variety for all different palates. My only disappointment with the new menu is that they removed the Green Tea Crême Brulée. A delicately flavoured, light and not overly sweet meal ending.
Elements Odds and Ends
When I go, I much prefer the restaurant to the lounge as, it is much brighter and open and allows a great deal of natural light. The service would generally rate as good but not great. In particular it is occasionally a little slow. One other thing. A pet peeve of mine. I had a server the other day calling me buddy. I do not like being called buddy, particularly by someone who has just met me.