What a magnificent GEM in Las Vegas!. My husband and I live in the area near this bar and have passed by it at least 100 times. We were always so skeptical because of the area. There are a few really great "hidden" eateries in LV, but most of them we've heard by word of mouth. Last night, we decided to give Elements its FIRST chance.... Upon entering, we were greeted by almost everyone in the restaurant. The restaurant is amazingly decorated inside. There were a few people eating at the bar and a few in the dining room, and it was just perfect. The lights were dim and the ambiance was just right for our date night out! We immediately sat down and were served this amazing baked French bread and Kalamata bread (that our waiter informed us that was baked "in house" by the chef himself). It was served with a side of butter and house made chutney (that was out of this world!) Are you hungry yet???!?!? We spoke with our knowledgeable waiter (Peter) for quite some time about the menu and how it changes frequently. He suggested the proscuitto wrapped jumbo shrimp and the bruschetta which were both amazing! The only disappointment: There's never enough! :) We each ordered a drink off their extensive Martini menu, which boasts over 300 custom martinis. Yes, 300, and they are all alphabetized and described to suit YOUR needs. After another round of bread, we were still chatting it up with our waiter when Catherine, the owner came over to introduce herself and talk about the menu. She informed us of some of the specials for the night and told us that her husband, Luis, is the only solo cook in the restaurant. He's Argentinian, and very passionate about food, which we were starting to understand.. We both ordered the house salad with home-made gorganzola cheese dressing. As our main course, my husband ordered the Sea Bass, and I ordered the special Veal Scaloppine. First, the presentation of these meals were amazing! They were plated so beautifully! It was a pleasant surprise to have something this amazing NOT on the strip and without the chaos! Both were served with an amazing mashed potato (which changes frequently) and vegetables that were prepared divinely. They both came with reduction sauces that beautifully complemented each dish. I'm not a big fish eater, but the Sea Bass was encrusted with black peppercorns and just melted in your mouth. Almost by the end of our main course, the dining room was empty and basically the restaurant had closed. They close at 9:30, but continued to treat us like family all the way through dessert. By this time, we had met the head chef, and owner, Luis, who had personally come out to introduce himself. This allowed us to gush over his meals, which I think he enjoyed ;). Last course, dessert! A specialty by Catherine! She hand makes ALL of the desserts herself-in the restaurant. That's right... Everything is made in HOUSE. We tried the butterscotch bread pudding which was completely amazing! It was warm, gooey and like a slice of heaven! It was beautifully prepared and a complete pleasure to eat! Catherine had also brought out a sample of her truffles and a piece of cheesecake to go for breakfast! After dessert, Luis and Catherine sat at the bar and chatted with us for a little while, when we again, expressed how wonderful our experience was. It has definitely become a place we will go to more often and bring along friends and family! Just another reason WHY you should NEVER judge a book by it's cover! Thank you for a very memorable meal that has been added to our top 5 list!
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