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ching83Orinda, CaliforniaSince August 14, 20092 Reviews
Average Rating
4 (3.8)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service4 (4)
  • Value4 (4)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.5)


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Caramba! Restaurante4314 Main St., #12, Whistler
It's Just Okay
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 8:41am [Dine in]

Went to Caramba! our first night into Whistler. Since it was very late (9:30p on a Wednesday), there was no trouble obtaining a table. The staff greeted us and promptly showed us to our table. I've been to Caramba! before when its been crowded, and it is very hard to hold a conversation. This time, it was a quieter and very pleasant. The wait staff was able to spend some time with you.

Ordered the split roasted lamb and a ceasar salad. The salad was okay with just a hint of anchovies but the croutons were a bit hard. As for the lamb, it was very soft and tender, however, it was covered in a thick sauce that sort of looked like it was glooped onto the dish. The sauce added to the lamb, but it didn't have to be as much. You got 4 thin slices with roasted potatos (that were very hard). We also had the black bean soup. It must have been late at night, since the soup looked very thick, almost like a bean dip. Although my dinner date said it tasted fine. Dishes ranged from CAD20 for the lamb and CAD8 for both the salad and soup. Wine is about average of CAD8. All said and done, without desert, tab was around CAD65 for the above mentioned dishes and 1 glass of wine.

Overall, I thought that my first experience, 3 years ago was a lot better, even though we were there during the peak ski season and the restaurant was packed. Maybe it was the company.

I would go back to eat since the food was decent and prices were about right, but not a place that I would make a special trip to go to eat.

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Elements4359 Main St., #102B, Whistler
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

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.

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