Best known by locals for the stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, thanks to giant windows that offer inspiring views of the nearby mountains from nearly any seat in the restaurant, the Bison’s best-kept secret is its delicious menu.
Its latest addition is a weekly Farm House Dinner. Chefs Liz and Kirk serve up a unique 3-course meal designed to showcase the bounty of local farms, while the servers are quick to help pair the perfect regional beer or national wine with each dish.
Farm House Dinners from $55; call 1-403-762-5550
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Canadian Comfort Food Goes Luxury
It’s rare that a restaurant can accommodate hikers, businessmen, and couples on a date all at the same time, but downtown Banff’s The Bison manages to do just that. Their comfortable dining room with a large open kitchen looks out over a quiet side street in Banff, mountains soaring overhead.
Everything is locally sourced from Alberta and British Columbia and the menu reflects the diversity of Canadian food. Butter buns come straight from the oven to the table, served in a mini loaf pan. The generously sized beetroot salad and peach salad are both earthy and perfectly dressed with a simple dressing that lets the ingredients shine. Bison ravioli and scallops make an innovative surf and turf appetizer: the game-y texture of the bison pairing well with the perfectly cooked scallops. Bison — not surprisingly, given the restaurant’s name — shines in the main course. Bison short ribs, an entrée that has been on the menu since the restaurant opened, fall off the bone into the cast iron skillet they’re served in. A bison ribeye comes with a pot of scalloped potatoes which rivaled those on my grandmother’s holiday dinner table. If you still have room for dessert at the end, the slice of birthday cake makes the evening feel like a celebration. The wine list is full of bottles from the Okanagan Valley and everything is served with a smile to make a just about perfect evening.
[Travel courtesy of Travel Alberta]