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“Big bowls of ramen, perfect during the winter” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chaya Restaurant

Chaya Restaurant
118 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta AB T1L, Canada
(403) 760-0882
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Ranked #65 of 123 Restaurants in Banff
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese, Noodle
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
New York City, New York
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17 restaurant reviews
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“Big bowls of ramen, perfect during the winter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This place deserves to be higher up the rankings. Menu consists of Japanese soup noodles (ramen/udon) and rice dishes under $15. On a cold winter day, I can't think of anything more satifying than a hot bowl of noodle and Chaya delivers on this front. The tan-tan ramen was spicy and flavorful, noodles cooked just right (al dente). There are only a few tables so there may be a wait when they are busy.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Do recommand”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Food was very good, service's good too. This restaurant is exactly like those little places in Japan. I liked it.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“chaya”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

good japanese ramen/udon/ domburi for reasonable price. it's small with only about 6 tables, so expect a slight wait. almost all the customers were from Japan. pretty fast service once you order at the window after finding a table.

Visited September 2012
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“Great food in a good price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

Great food in great price! The place is quite small and not with a lot of places to sit but we didn't wait at all ( a lot of their customers are for take-away). We took 2 great soaps - the dishes were quite big and very tasty. Strongly recommended !!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A must-stop-by place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012 via mobile

I can't resist stopping by and having a meal in this restaurant every time I am in Banff. All the staff are Japanese which somehow ensure quality of food. Love the food here. My favourite is chicken udon. Don is also good but the sourced rice sometimes is a bit salty.
One thing that people have to tolerate is the tiny space of this place. There are about 20 seats for dining in. So waiting is usually expected or coming at non-peak hours for lunch or dinner e.g 5ish pm.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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