What better way is there to enjoy some al fresco eating than to enjoy a healthy pasta, salad or fruit smoothie on a stylish, hip patio in the heart of Sanlitun's home of the beautiful people, the Village? If that sounds appealing, then trendy Element Fresh has exactly the summer dining experience that you are seeking. As often is the case, quality does not come cheaply at Element Fresh. However, the healthy and – as the restaurant's name suggests – fresh (sprinkled in olive oil as opposed to heavy animal fat) dishes, the restaurant makes sure that their fare is worth that little extra. Light, but not miserly portions at Element Fresh may be just what is required on a scorching sunny day or balmy summer evening.
I'v e been here once and what can I say - authentic enough Italian place does awesome food, but at a price. During my visit I had a macaroni cheese, and it tasted just like the way my grandmother used to make it. Thumbs up, but be prepared to splurge.