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“Best udon!” 5 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 #75 of 131 Restaurants in Banff
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout
Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best udon!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Bare bones establishment, but amazing food!! Definitely order the tempura udon for a mouthwatering experience.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“You will never leave hungry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

You will leave full and wishing you could have squeezed in that last bit of oishii food! Forget the other reviews, nothing tastes or even resembles packaged food. The service is always friendly, smiling and appreciative of your business. A tasty, inexpensive option for travellers on a budget.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank AN4RCHY
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Banff
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“BORN AND RAISED LOCAL, my favourite place to eat in banff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Beef don. Tan tan. Everything. All other reviews are dumb. The service is awesome. Food is always good. I grew up in banff and I always come here onmy days off and all the girls are always so good to me.

    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Chris K
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“just like japan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

this little restaurant might not look like much from the outside (parked right next to a mcdonalds)- but the food is excellent- not expensive like many other Banff establishments- and IS indeed authentic Japanese. I would like to address some previous reviewers comments that the ramen is not Japanese and "just because it is run by Japanese people doenst make the food Japanese". Clearly these comments are coming from someone who doesn't really know Japanese food. My wife and I are Japanese- from Kyushu- the southern island of Japan- and the ramen we had at Chaya is exactly like the ramen from Kyushu. As any Japanese would know, cuisine styles vary by region- ramen in the south differs slightly from other areas. The egg noodles, the bean sprouts, etc are just like how it is made in Kyushu. The broth was clearly a homemade stock- the chashu (bbq pork) tender and tasty. We went back to this place several times- curry, udon, and more ramen (all perfect for cold winter days!). I hate when people make reviews without knowing what they are talking about. This place is perfect for a quick and inexpensive meal that will satisfy your taste buds for sure...(id also like to add- that the place is physically just like something you would find in Japan- a tiny narrow shop with very limited seating- this is what most ramen shops are like in Japan).

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank elvistuna
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best ramen in Alberta???? Really?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

People who wrote the previous reviews about 'best / most authentic ramen in Alberta' must have never had ramen before. Even frozen ramen from TNT is better than that. Also, just because it's runned by Japanese doesn't make it authentic.

First off, the noodle isn't even authentic ramen, it's Chinese noodle for god's sakes! And the soup base is just a msg soup. You know it's bad news when they have wonton ramen.

Go if you want a hot bowl of noodle soup. But I wouldn't even call It ramen let alone using the word authentic.

    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Candicew10
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