Fuze Finer Dining in Banff
For a while, we were strongly considering Fuze for the site of our wedding reception next year. In the end we picked another venue, but I wanted to sing their praises anyway. I'll talk about the delicious food we got to taste, but I wanted to note the terrific service as well.
From the time we contacted GM/partner Anthony Chalmers in March via email to our site inspection and menu tasting in June, he was super responsive and flexible. The group menus looked interesting (starting at $50pp) and it is no problem to swap items between menus (of course, price would change accordingly).
During our menu tasting (basically a dinner), and we were able taste two of each course. For starters, we tried the Roasted Tomato Soup, which had ample pieces of smoky bacon and a really smooth, rich texture. This is rightfully one of their signatures, and would definitely have made it to our menu. We then also tasted their Crisp Salmon Spring rolls, which came in a shallow bowl of lemongrass fish soup. These were quite tasty, and we figured they would be good as reception food without the soup (which we preferred, since the rolls themselves were tasty enough, and got a bit soggy, as expected, in the soup).
For mains, we tried the Indian Spiced AAA New York Strip Steak, which was a refreshing and very tasty presentation for beef - we are leery of the usual filet/prime rib banquet fare, so this was great. A little spicy, with nice curry/cumin flavor, and cooked perfectly. Though we were happy with the amount of heat, they said that the chili oil that was lightly drizzled on top could be left off upon request. The other main was the Pan Seared BC Sablefish, which was moist and well-seasoned, and dressed with a rich beurre blanc. It came on a bed of cabbage and mashed potato with some of the same smoky bacon from the soup. The fish was well cooked and its delicate flavor was not overpowered by its accompaniments.
For desserts we tried the English Sticky Toffee Pudding, which was not too dense with a a lovely toffee sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. We also had the flourless chocolate cake with a really yummy roasted almond ice cream. Both were good choices to end a meal.
We also looked at their reception menu, which has many hot and cold options, their vegetarian menu, and their kids menu. We liked that, unlike many banquet situations, since they are a restaurant, our guests would have been able to make their choices at the table, rather than 4 months in advance on our rsvp cards. Vegetarians would have been able to order from their own complete menu. We picked the dishes we tasted from the group menus, but they are basically available on the regular dinner menu (in some cases, the accompaniments are a bit different).
The space of the 2nd floor restaurant is quite neat, with a 'presentation kitchen' to one side, where you could hold a standing reception with the chef making hors d'oeuvres to order in front of you. The dining room is stylish with dark wood and warm orange lighting.
In addition to the regular dinner menu, there is a 5-course tasting menu, lounge menu, and Sunday brunch.
This is a great place to have a 'finer' meal. The service is attentive and helpful, the restaurateurs are the kind you are excited to support, and the food is skillfully and deliciously prepared.
Fuze Finer Dining
Clock Tower Village Mall
110 Banff Avenue.
Phone: (403) 760-0853