I've been to Elements twice, in April '09 and August '09. Both dining experiences were wonderful. The food was very delicious and the service was attentive, without being too intrusive. This is a small restaurant that is served by two wait staff, and sometimes by the bar/owner and, if time permits, by the cooks. You will not get a full sit down dinner ambiance, but what do you expect from a tapas bar. What you do get is great food at a reasonable price. The first visit, it was very crowded and found two seats at the bar. The cooks, although very busy, was able to answer questions about the food and preparation, when asked. The second time, we went early enough to get a table (5:45p). The atmosphere was very relaxed (since everyone was watching the Crankworx event). We were able to get great, personable service, and as before, wonderful food. 3 dishes (tofu wraps, mussels and mini lamb burgers) worked out to about a CAD45 tab. Drinks are normal priced for Whistler with beer around CAD6 and martinis around CAD7 to CAD10. We left the Elements filled, but not stuffed (which is how it should be).
Definitely a place to go. They don't take reservations, so it is a first come, first served. Be prepared to be squeezed in, especially if there are large groups (since the dining area is small and tables are duces with bench seating on one side.
Could not smell the incense, as noted in an earlier review. Also, if the previous reviewer does not like to see how the cook staff cleans a plate for presentation, they should not sit at the bar overlooking the cooking. I've worked in restaurants and its all the same. As long as they are not using the same towel that is used to wipe the table on the plates, using the same towel to wipe multiple plates is fine. Cooks usually know when a towel is too soiled to be used prior to wiping any plate for presentation.