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Banff Restaurant Blog

Enticing Irish Fare at St. James’s Gate

January 29, 2015
Steak and Guinness Pie

There’s something wonderfully inviting about a wood interior and crackling fire on a winter’s eve, and St. James’s Gate offers just that. I ducked into the pub recently for a farewell dinner and felt quite cozy in a dark wooden booth poring over a menu of traditional Irish fare. The particular draw for this evening’s [continued…]

Wing Wednesday at the Waldhaus

January 16, 2015

It was a crisp clear night when I picked up a friend, parked at the Bow Falls off Spray Avenue and walked up the snow covered road to the Waldhaus Pub (or “House in the Forest”) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. The restaurant is situated in a secluded spot by the Spray River, and [continued…]

Dinner and a Show at The Banff Centre

December 18, 2014
Spicy Reuben Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries

Tucked above the Town of Banff on the side of Tunnel Mountain (or Sleeping Buffalo Mountain, named for its rolling shape) sits The Banff Centre, an arts, leadership and conference institution, which also has a variety of dining venues. On this particular Friday evening, I had a ticket to a Banff Centre Indigenous dance performance [continued…]

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    Keeping it Local

    Many Banff restaurants use ingredients raised by Alberta and BC farms:

    • The Bison Bistro’s rosemary rack of lamb from Ewe-Nique Farms is accompanied by caponata made with tomatoes and eggplant from Broxburn Farms. “Knowing the farmers leads to extra respect for the food and appreciation of the quality,” says executive chef Liz Gagnon.

    Eden’s chef de cuisine David Hassel loves “utilizing local ingredients able to ignite all of our guests’ senses.” High Country’s bison tenderloin is served with Fairwinds Farm’s organic goat’s milk and barley porridge (pictured above).

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    Mixed Menu of Asian Delights

    If you’d like to sample a variety of Asian cuisines try dining at Bamboo Garden. Owner Eagle Ling enjoys introducing popular dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam to the uninitiated. When asked how he decides what to add to his menu, Eagle simply responds: “It tastes good.” And you can’t argue with that.

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    Surf n’ Turf

    They may be ugly, but they sure are tasty! At Melissa’s Steakhouse & Family Restaurant pick your crustacean from the only live lobster tank in the Bow Valley. These Canadian delicacies are flown in to Calgary from the Atlantic coast daily. Enjoy lobster on its own, or lobsters-for-two with a succulent filet of Alberta beef to share.

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    New Location for a Venerable Steakhouse

    Bumper’s The Beef House may have a new location at the Rundlestone Lodge but its reputation as a Banff tradition since 1975 lives on. Its fun, casual character remains as does the popular all-you-can-eat salad bar and prime cuts of Alberta AAA steaks. New is a breakfast buffet and fireplace lounge with big-screens and nightly drink specials.

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    Tender Lamb

    Oven roasted for 12 hours, arni pisto at Balkan Restaurant is Alberta lamb so tender that it falls off the shank. Organic oregano grown in the Balkan owners’ ancestral village contributes to the exquisite aroma and taste. “My cousin brings it over by the suitcase,” says restaurateur Stavros Karlos. The Stolen Lamb version of arni pisto, topped with stewed vegetables and Greek feta, is a “hearty dish that’s excellent in winter,” notes Stavros.

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