Calgary and Banff weekend report
I spent this past weekend in Calgary and Banff with two friends. While we did not eat Chowish-worthy food the whole trip, there were a few places that are worthy of reporting.
Had a lovely lunch at Chaya on Banff Avenue. The place was tiny, but the food was so good. I had the BBQ pork ramen and could not stop drinking the soup even though I was stuffed. One friend had the Miso ramen with ground pork; it was tasty too but in a different way. I think if you did not like a strong miso taste you would not like this dish. My other friend had a bowl of udon that blew me away. The soup was delicate and light, yet flavourful. We also decided to try a couple of rice balls. They were triangular in shape and came filled with salmon, tuna, or sweet plum. We tried the tuna and sweet plum; the tuna tasted good although I wish there was more tuna and a little less rice. The rice was a little sweet, which went well with the tuna. The plum rice ball was saltier than we expected. I just wish this restaurant wasn't so far away from where I live, because I would be a regular customer.
I had originally planned to have a nice dinner on Stephen Ave but those plans were scrapped for a quickie, but filling and cheap meal at the Veggie House in Chinatown. A small plate of gluten on rice was less than $6, and was probably big enough for 2 people. Lots and lots of carbs.
A shared snack on Stephen Ave made me want to go back for more. We ordered a kolbassa with chili and cheese inserted into a heated French roll (didn't taste like kolbassa, but we didn't care because it was yummy). Not sure of the name of the place but it was a little white and blue stand that I always pass by but never stopped at.
Brunch at Diner Deluxe with another friend topped off our trip before we left town. My veggie burger was tasty and had a nice crunch. Too often I've had veggie burgers that fall apart but this one held together well. Friend #1 had the omelette special with chorizo sausage, and friend #2 had the steak and eggs, and both stuffed themselves. Friend #3 had the grilled banana and chocolate sourdough French toast. It was unusual, but tasty. Almost like eating a dense cake that tasted lightly of chocolate... and eggs. We all fell in love with the bread they used for their toast.
In Banff we also liked Chaya very much, and we still talk about their very nice and flavorful soups, a very tiny place, but seemed to me that was family run and owned. We are planing to go back to Chaya next time we are in Banff. And like you, I wish I lived close to it, I will be there all the time.