Calgary and Banff suggestions
I'll be in Calgary for about 24 hours - 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
Banff for 5 days.
Plan on eating at Eden once and perhaps Fuze once. Would like any suggestions for Calgary or Banff that anyone may have. Looking for a mix of great food in a comfortable setting mixed with high end.
Anyone with a recent Eden experience to share?
Thanks in advance.
Not a personal recommendation because I have not been but a friend and his wife were thoroughly taken and satisfied with their week-end at the Rimrock and the cuisine at Eden.
I understand that Chef Yoshi has either left or will be leaving so do not know if that will have affect it.
Will be interested in reading about Fuze. I have heard good things about it but usually second or third or fourth hand.
Have not been to Banff for a long time but it is one I would like to try.
Lots of Calgarians here so will leave the suggestions to them except to say that my favourites are Capo, Divino Wine and Cheese, River Cafe and Muse.
River is always closed in January.
If you're in Banff for 5 days, take at least one to dine in and visit Canmore- it's a dining hot spot for sure- try Quarry, we love it. Also a new coffeehouse called Communitea just opened there and if coffee is your thing they are, apparently, quite special- only southern Alberta coffeehouse serving Intelligentsia beans and only the second coffeehouse in the province (after Java Jamboree in Cochrane of all places) to have a Synesso machine (the Rolls Royce of espresso machines).
In Calgary- many options exist besides River Cafe; I just discovered a very cool new place on Stephen Ave across from MacNally-Robinson bookstore (which itself has a pretty good retaurant on its top floor) which opened last week- very cool contemporary design, and on the same day wandered into a new sushi place on 11th Ave near 5th St called Blowfish- you cannot open a new resto in Calgary without more than a nod to design, it's really neato these days. Having said that, I'd recommend two places I've had amazing dinner experiences of late- Brava Bistro and Muse. And for lunch- well as I mentioned in another thread, had a great time at the now-smoke-free James Joyce Pub!
When you are driving from Calgary to Banff (or while you are in Banff) visit Crazy Weed kitchen in Canmore. Just make sure to call ahead for reservations b/c it is really tiny. Some people have said that the service has gone a bit down hill but every time I've been there the food & the service have been great.
I had a fantastic dinner at Eden roughly a month ago. Sadly, I wasn't terribly hungry so I couldn't justify going for the 7 course tasting menu, but managed to run through 4/5 courses and was definitely stuffed at the end. I highly recommend getting the fleet of wine pairings to go with your courses as well. I can't say i remember too many specifics, but it was one of the best meals and dining experiences of my life.
The dining room itself is a long and narrow space with windows on one side which overlook the rimrock's interior courtyard (and a skating rink in winter, very pretty). Initially, my date and i were seated on the non-window side at a huge table clearly meant for four but set for two. it was a bit ridiculous really, and definitely not the most cozy/romantic set up. After a lovely amuse-bouche of salmon mousse, i asked to be moved to a smaller more intimate table, which happened once they ironed the linens(!) at the new table.
I'll leave you to pick your courses on your own (take a peek here http://www.rimrockresort.com/pdf/ED_D... ), but i definitely recall having the duck as a main (done two ways, exquisitely) and the duo of foie gras (the foie gras brule being magical). My companion certainly had nothing but praise for her courses as well, so i'm sure you can do no wrong.
I would highly recommend Capo in Calgary - now my favourite restaurant, previously rouge.
In Banff I would recommend the following:
-Evelyn's cafe for lunch or coffee
-Cilantro's Mountain Cafe - for lunch or dinner, great atmosphere, cozy, good food.
-Beaujolais - never been but has a good reputation amongst the locals
-Barpa Bill's Souvlaki - cheap lunch or dinner but the best souvlaki - it is not known for its atmosphere as there are only stools to sit at but always a stop
-Coyotes Deli & Grill - tried and true, good food and cozy, mountain casual they say. Chef/owner of crazyweed used to be executive chef here.
- The main dining room at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge - never been but had a great reputation and I would still like to try it.
I would also drive to Canmore and eat at the Crazyweed. I used to like Zona's but I am not sure of the quality anymore as I have not been in a while.
I hope that helps.
fyi, Jan of the Crazy weed had worked at Buffalo for a time...
Zonas I find has a lot of hit and miss items.. Canmore great spots for me are The Crazy weed, I like Marty and Karen two long time servers some for sure are not as great. Quarry has great starts, salads, and believe it or not the chicken is fab!!! also like the halibut with spicey cabbage.( and as a foot note the place is really clean and organised which I like a lot) Top marks for servers. Great cheap wines and martini list. The Trough ( I love the drinks haven't had dinner yet) and absolutely the Treo on Cougar side especially for dessert.
Pulcinella in Calgary's Kensington neighbourhood has scrumptious Neapolitan style pizzas - Chef Dom trained in Naples, and has installed a new wood-fire oven. Appetizers are great, especially the Arancini (Sp?) - arborio rice balls. And the Funghi Misto with Gorgonzola sauce - I still have dreams about eating it - juicy oyster mushrooms in the airiest of batters bathed in that creamy aromatic sauce...
This sounds like a great option as I'm staying in the Kensington area.
Capo is full on Friday but I'm waitlisted.
And it sounds like I'll have my hands full in Banff trying to figure out which of all the many suggestions to take - for now I have reservs at Fuze and Eden. The rest I'll play by ear.
Thanks for the suggestions.
In Banff, for a more casual, but very good meal I also recommned you Saltlick. And for a more upscale dinner at the Fairmont Banff Springs I recommend Castello Ristorante, we had a great dinner there. Enjoy Banff.
I'll recommend Treo in Canmore. It's not in the "downtown" area, but across Hwy1 in the Cougar Creek neighborhood. Small place, but very good service and good food. I remember the bleu cheese cheesecake that I had for dessert - possibly one of the best desserts I've ever had.
Update: I actually did make it off the waitlist - Capo was fantastic. Able to get an 8.30 spot for Friday and it was quite good. Our server rushed us a bit - after ordering cocktails, we were taking our time ordering. Within about 15 minutes or so after sitting down he had already asked us if we were ready to order a couple of times. Since all members of the dining room get seated within about 10 minutes of each other he mentioned something to the effect of "it's up to you but the kitchen will be getting very busy very soon". Which sounded like he was potentially advocating for us so we wouldn't be waiting long for food - but also was a bit odd considering that the restaurant is the one who decided to have all 32 seats filled at the same time twice a night and you would hope they could handle the influx if that's the way they set it up - but anyway - the rest of the service was fine and attentive - food was very good.
Thanks for the suggestions.