So has anyone dined at Element 112 yet?
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Not yet but I drive by it frequently and it looks packed every night.
I recently spoke with someone who's opinion on food I really respect, and he said it's easily the best restaurant in the area. I was surprised and am really looking forward to checking it out.
They are VERY limited on seating so reservations are recommended.
Interesting. We enjoy http://www.treosylvania.com/ downtown. This looks like an exciting addition.
It's high priced, and since it offers fine dining it's going to have to beat Mancy's, Rockwell's, Treo and Rose & Thistle. I don't think it can. The place has a very limited menu and the past establishment (boathouse) is closed permanently.
I'm kind of thinking I won't go, at least not right away. Treo is looking good to me, and the Dégagé Jazz Café offers great food and live jazz music at a much lower price.
“The whole desire is to be intensely Midwest,” Nixon says. “And we’re trying to basically redefine what farm to table is. It's not because we bought one carrot from a farm and put it on the plate; it’s because everything on that plate was from that same, local farm. And we know the farm, and we know the farmer's kids.”
The investors gave Nixon carte blanche — “beyond what I thought they would trust a 27-year-old to do,” he muses — and under, his perfectionism, Element 112 is thriving. The kitchen, well appointed with high-tech equipment, is a study in cooking as a science: a sous-vide tool sits in the corner, where steaks are packed and prepped in water before searing, to achieve a perfectly even level of “doneness.”
While watching Turner Classic Movies this morning, I watched an absolute classic of a terrible film, called The Night The World Exploded. (Has "Oscar-worthy" written all over it, doesn't it?) A scientific team (which just happens to include a beautiful girl, go figure) investigates the reasons behind massive earthquakes crumbling cities around the world. Their discovery? A volatile, previously unknown substance, called ELEMENT 112!!
I got excited that maybe someone involved in the restaurant was a movie buff and was making an ironic nod to how this new restaurant would 'shake the world to it's core' and all that stuff. Unfortunately, this is what they have in their about section, in regards to the name: "Element 112, also known as Copernicium, or Cn, is found on the periodic table with an atomic weight of 112, coincidentally bearing Chef Chris Nixon’s initials as well." That may be the lamest naming logic I've ever heard.
I hope nobody was counting on their being a point to this post. I was just excited by the reference in the movie, but then let down when I found out there was no relation.
I've dined there several times. It was somewhat inconsistent when they first opened, but my past few experiences have been very good. I like their amuse-buche of baby veggies & "dirt", but feel they kept it on the menu way too long - it should be changed at least weekly. The menu is limited, but you know everything is fresh!
Nixon's attempt at molecular gastronomy in a town like Toledo is down right courageous. I think he's put together a very approachable menu that even non-gourmands can appreciate. Toledo is very fortunate to have a restaurant of this caliber.
That being said, I also love all of the Mancy restaurants, The Oliver House, and the casino's Final Cut, but these are best known for great steaks, not innovation.
Just dines there for the first time last week on our wedding anniversary. Expensive ($220 for two meals, but this total includes a bottle of wine and a fat freaking 30 percent tip, but that's how we roll). The service was as good as service gets (sweeping crumbs, plates silently removed as soon as they are empty) and the food was quite delicious.
We went with the "chef's tasting" option, which I think was $50 per person. Something like a dozen plates went in front of each of us, and the taste combinations were very inventive. Definitely a one-of-a-kind dining experience and highly recommended.