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Keeping It Fresh: Element Fresh Opens In Tianjin

Keeping It Fresh: Element Fresh Opens In Tianjin

Li Na KV 3
Summer is coming to Tianjin, and with it a time to stay fit, fresh, and healthy. There is, however, the age old dilemma of whether to eat healthy food or delicious food that you enjoy. Fortunately for all of us here in Tianjin, we now have a new choice. Element Fresh, where we can eat a wide array of well-prepared and delicious dishes that are also healthy for the body and soul. We went to Tianjin鈥檚 Joy City to take a look at their menu and discover this fantastic restaurant, new to Tianjin, for ourselves.

Originally founded by two Americans in Shanghai in 2002, Element Fresh quickly became a favorite of expats and locals alike in Shanghai for their healthy, fresh, yet delicious cuisine. It has since expanded to 9 cities and over 30 locations around China.

Finally opening in Tianjin last month, Element Fresh occupies a bright space on the ground floor of Joy City. The decoration and views of the outside environment really helps to give you a feeling of a fresh dining space and will be enjoyed by many as the weather warms up. The overall feeling is a pure and natural dining area that is modern, yet comfortable and unpretentious. There is even a patio space for those of us who enjoy outdoor dining in the warm weather.

Opening the menu, the first thing I notice is the sheer variety of dishes, choices and ingredients. There is a choice of seven different salads ranging from a hearty Grilled Caribbean Steak Salad to a light and refreshing Shrimp and Papaya Salad. With a focus on fresh and quality ingredients, you can鈥檛 go wrong with a salad here. Moving on to the main course, we tried the Summer Vegetable Pasta with fresh fava beans, grilled summer vegetables and a bit of olive oil, garlic and pesto. This is absolutely perfect for those warm summer days when you want something light and healthy for lunch. If you鈥檙e looking for pasta with seafood or meat, they have the option to add grilled salmon, chicken or shrimp for an extra charge.

Already satisfied from the salad and pasta, we moved on to try their sandwiches. There was a delicious Greek Lamb Kabob Sandwich or a 鈥淭ruck Driver鈥 sandwich with smoked ham, chicken, and gouda for those bringing a hearty appetite, or lighter options such as the Grilled Vegetable and Gouda Sandwich. For vegetarians there is also a Fresh Vegetable Wrap with Tofu. Where to begin? In the end, we chose to try a Warm Italian Sandwich with ham salami, prosciutto and lettuce, tomato and olives. This was one of the best sandwiches I鈥檝e ever had, let alone best in Tianjin!

Moving down the menu further, I was too stuffed to keep going with main courses, but admired the number of healthy Asian creations they have. Unlike most restaurants in Tianjin there is NO added oil or MSG. The Seafood Laksa and Fiery Fillet of Sole look particularly enticing.

If you come here for dinner, you have the option of ordering a la carte dinners such as the Moroccan Mixed Grill Plate or Slow Roasted Cod Fish, selecting one of their fantastic three course dinners for one, or choosing a dinner set for 2 or for 4 people. There are many choices including starters, salads, pastas, dessert and paired with drinks such as healthy, fresh-squeezed juice and wine.

The dessert menu includes favorites such as Tapioca with Coconut Cream and Fresh Fruitand New York Cheesecake. Make sure to save room! I just had to have a try of the Tropical Banana split. It was everything I had hoped for and more!


Element Fresh has partnered with Chinese tennis world superstar Li Na to create dishes on their 2016 menu that have a focus on 鈥淪uperfoods鈥, those that add delicious flavor to dishes while giving you the energy and nutrients you need to be an athlete. Some of these dishes such as the Mediterranean Chicken Salad and the Seafood Cobb are must try鈥檚 if you鈥檙e looking to boost your health. Be sure to check them out!

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