I’m sure you’ve seen it on the good ol “gram” or heard of it, the infamous feature floral wall at Élan Cafe. The ever-so-pink aesthetic and pastel decor. This has been on my list of places to try for quite some time and I finally got to visit.
Ok first things first, if you are going to be visiting Élan Cafe, do not say I didn’t warn you – you may be waiting for a while! We were waiting for a table for about 30 minutes (but I must caveat that because there were quite a few of us so that made it harder). The waitress was great with keeping us updated on how long she thought was left.
In terms of the food, well, may I suggest you grab yourself a hot drink because, this is the part I’m sure you really want to know about.
One thing I love when eating out is being able to say to a waiter or waitress, this is my intolerance and they immediately understand what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, this is probably my biggest negative with Elan Cafe, The staff are not well informed on the dishes and the allergens. This was not very reassuring.
Another thing I would say is, where staff are not as knowledgeable, I would expect to find a detailed allergen menu, this was not the case.
Like I said, they don’t have an allergen menu, which made it extremely difficult to choose. The range of dairy and gluten free options is very limited. In the end, I decided to go for the Grilled Ras el Hanout Chicken Breast which is usually served with flatbread.You can tell the chicken is good quality. I asked them to change the bread to a GF one which they did and requested for the yogurt to be removed. This was the “safest” option and it satisfied me.
We ordered our mains along with chips and drinks; this took much longer than expected. In the end we didn’t get all our food and drinks. Have you ever been out with someone and you get your food and they don’t so you have that awkward moment when you don’t want to be rude and start eating but in he back of your mind you’re really thinking “I don’t want my food to get cold!” – yeah it was that kind of situation except it wasn’t awkward because we all had something that we ordered.
Elan Cafe has definitely catered to people with no allergies/intolerances. I can see why it would be the spot. I think for that it is has quite a few options. For people like us, not so much and to be honest, this is is something that can easily be changed. An allergen menu would make a massive difference because I think it would make the ordering process much smoother and faster. I absolutely love the decor, very pretty. Good vibe as well.If you do visit, let me know your thoughts. Don’t forget to take pictures of the beautiful flower wall.
Eat well, live and laugh