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Element Restaurant

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Inspired by the five elements in Chinese astrology: Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, this exciting new restaurant is a fusion of stylish minimalism and chic sophistication. Featuring an open kitchen concept and a Teppanyaki counter, a daily international lunch and dinner buffet is offered at Element.

Daily: 06:00 - 10:30

Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30

Sat, Sun &: 11:30 - 15:30

Daily: 18:30 - 22:00

+65 68792607
+65 68792555
$41 based on 22 submissions
Buffet (10 votes), Dinner (6 votes), Children/Family (5 votes)
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Buffet dinner at Element

We went to amara for birday celebration for my wife. We selected this place as we had earlier seen it was not crowded and featured an extensive array of seafood. The first thing I notice on entering that the place was quite spacious or it was the absence of crod that made us feel so. Secondly, we saw the buffet spread was limited. BUt for seafood lovers, there was everyhitng, oysters, lobster, crab (whole crabs as well), mussels (two types), clams, scallops, prawns, shashimi (tuna, octopus, meat, salmon), and sushi. Everything fresh, nothing was piled high and it was brought in small quantities, thick juicy slices of sashimi were prepared by chef on demand. The quality and freshness of food awesome. there was also smoked duck, beef, salmon etc. The maincourse section was quite limited, although the dishes on offer were delicious, especially the spanish food and lamb rack. They also provided ala-carte lobster laksa which was excellent.

The unique thing about this place is the service - the best i have experienced in Singapore. Your glasses get filled up and plates cleared quickly. Everyone smiles and listen to you. People offer to help you if you are carrying two plates, are glad to take pictures for you. They also brought a nicely decorated b'day cake for celebration. Just awesome. A nice place to sit, chat in a relaxed environment. And, yes, the desserts are awesome too. I will surely visit the place again.

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• 29 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Buffet not worth the price

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  We decided to try out the Amara hotel dinner buffet to celebration my niece & nephew birthday since there a offered discounted price from Groupon.

There are quite many variety of seafood like crab, clam,prawn,oyster & mussels. oyster is quite fresh but crab is tastless. The most disspointed was the lobster, not fresh & salty. The waiter that serve the lobster is very rude.

The only corner I like was the dessert & the counter in-charge was very friendly & patient to introduce dessert to us.

Overall the buffet variety & choices  is very limited which disappointed us & not worth for the price. Will not visit again.
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• 22 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Buffet dinner at Element

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We went to amara for birday celebration for my wife. We selected this place as we had earlier seen it was not crowded and featured an extensive array of seafood. The first thing I notice on entering that the place was quite spacious or it was the absence of crod that made us feel so. Secondly, we saw the buffet spread was limited. BUt for seafood lovers, there was everyhitng, oysters, lobster, crab (whole crabs as well), mussels (two types), clams, scallops, prawns, shashimi (tuna, octopus, meat, salmon), and sushi. Everything fresh, nothing was piled high and it was brought in small quantities, thick juicy slices of sashimi were prepared by chef on demand. The quality and freshness of food awesome. there was also smoked duck, beef, salmon etc. The maincourse section was quite limited, although the dishes on offer were delicious, especially the spanish food and lamb rack. They also provided ala-carte lobster laksa which was excellent.

The unique thing about this place is the service - the best i have experienced in Singapore. Your glasses get filled up and plates cleared quickly. Everyone smiles and listen to you. People offer to help you if you are carrying two plates, are glad to take pictures for you. They also brought a nicely decorated b'day cake for celebration. Just awesome. A nice place to sit, chat in a relaxed environment. And, yes, the desserts are awesome too. I will surely visit the place again.
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• 03 Apr 2014 • 10 reviews • 0 follower

Spanish food - pointless, tasteless and very over-rated”

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Visited on a deal voucher for a three course set lunch. 

The new Spanish selection and chef at Element has gotten a lot of press in food blogs and mainstream media recently. My advice - don't believe everything you read. 

Our appetizers - Basque Fish Soup and Salad.

The fish soup did have a unique and pleasing charred taste. However, it was completely under-salted and I had to be very liberal with my salt shaker to bring to an acceptable level. This is not a mistake a good chef, or even someone who tastes his food makes.

The salad was very good - well dressed, fresh vegetables and very generous with little condiments throughout. Unfortunately this is the only dish the chef didn't actually cook.

We added an extra pintxos A mushroom bruschetta, a small portion for 12 dollars. It was tasty and filled with savory stewed pork but the mushrooms were tasteless and for 12 bucks we could have done a lot better. 

Our main course - Pork Cheek, Fish/Tuna Stew.

The pork itself was lovely - great texture with a rich wine sauce. Mash was up to expectations. However the dish was marred by a bunch of tasteless and barely cooked rough cut carrots. A totally pointless addition. Yes, i could have simply chosen not to eat the, but adding bad, random pointless components to a dish is not characteristic of a good chef.

The tuna stew was absolutely hopeless. The stew itself was just ok - not offensive. But the tasteless potatoes and the tuna cooked to the texture of rubber riot bullets just made everything abysmally bad. What is the point of adding fresh tuna if you're going to cook it to oblivion with no seasoning whatsoever?

Our desert was the worse of the lot - a tasteless egg pudding, covered with an equally tasteless caramel sauce, topped with whipped cream from a metal canister. This dish truly brings pointlessness to new heights. Some advice for the restaurant - if you're going to serve something like this, do everyone a favor and buy 3 dollar egg pudding from Tampopo in Liang Court. 

No, the Spanish chef is not "in his element" as the reviews would have you believe. There's just too much pointless and tasteless going on here. Unless I received "special treatment" for my deal voucher set (which I don't believe I did), I would most definitely not return to try the ala carte menu. 

Frankly, if you're gonna pull out all the stops and hype up everything, please try to make sure you deliver when it counts. The only saving grace is that I didn't pay full price, 38++ , for the set lunch.
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