East meets west vegetarian establishment Elemen (元素) wouldn't deign to embrace the uncouth mock meat narrative, instead its perfectly coiffed creations arise from wholesome, naturally derived ingredients sourced and prepared with a singular desire to nourish the human constitution as steered by one rather pristine albeit pontificating "Love Self, Love Earth" culinary philosophy.

A subsidiary of foodcourt/coffee shop operator Koufu Group, Elemen first opened at Millenia Walk in June 2015; three other outlets (no.4 began trading at Paya Lebar Quarter in September 2019) followed suit thereafter. Heads up, some strikingly simple two-tone garden green gracing clean-cut, modern earthy restaurant interiors set amidst de rigueur soft lighting very much informs that serene yet classy dining ambience swirling within.

Elemen @ Paya lebar Quarter

Pray tell, is the menu itself edible?

What knocked our socks off:

The petitely portioned Grilled Mushroom & Kale Salad teased succinctly: crunchy, herbaceous kale leaves (yuzu dressing drizzled atop) mingled semi-juicy with citrusy sweet, while accompanying julienned oyster mushroom bits imparted a lighthearted chewy quality. Next was the protein laden Sizzling Quinoa Brown Rice affair (brown rice, quinoa, kale, mushrooms, broccoli and bell peppers served inside a hot stone bowl) which dealt palates tempestuous nuttiness to the last spoonful.....hang on though, what of them black olives our attending waiter sorta "emphasized" would also feature therein, but never actually did? Hmm.

Grilled Mushroom & Kale Salad ($5.80) And Sizzling Quinoa Brown Rice ($15.80)

Then again, probably nothing could trump the Wild Mushroom & White Truffle Pizza: neapolitan-style crispy thin crust subservient to sautéed mushrooms and shaved parmesan (or gruyère perhaps?) spritzed with aromatic white truffle oil simply had us crushing hard, way hard. Divinely creamy, measurably sweet, so damn garlicky......okay we confess scarfing down this bad boy in record time.

Wild Mushroom & White Truffle Pizza ($16.80)

Moving on, exotically toothsome Chinese shrooms gave the Braised Bailing Mushroom With Ee Fu Noodle dish contrasting heft; in hindsight a dignifying mix of wicked ambrosial plus legitimate springy somewhat redeemed those indeterminately tannic noodles encountered. We could however do without the single patronizing tomato artefact and its stupendously insipid broccoli associates.

Braised Bailing Mushroom With Ee Fu Noodle ($15.80)

Other items sampled but turned out to be non-events:

Classic Tiramisu ($8.80)

Blue Flower Tofu With Black Truffle Wild Rice ($15.80)

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Kindly clarify with restaurant before visiting or ordering.


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Score: 8.5/10

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Locations

Millenia Walk Harbourfront Centre Great World City
9 Raffles Boulevard, 1 Maritime Square, 1 Kim Seng Promenade,
#01-75A/76 #02-85 #01-122
Singapore 039596 Singapore 099253 Singapore 237994

Paya Lebar Quarter
10 Paya Lebar Road,
#03-13
Singapore 409057

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