We have eaten at the Primose many times and without a doubt, this is the best place to eat in Banff (although we have not eaten at Eden, also in the Rimrock). It seems that every time we eat here, the experience impresses us even more. This one was amazing.
The view of the mountains is worth it. Plus the elegant service and the cozy atmosphere is first class and then there's the food. We chose a 3-course set meal which included The Prairies Porcini Portobello Mushroom Tart with spring salad, the Cowboy Pan and Berry Flan while I had the Lobster Pappardelle which won at the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival in 2012. The pappardelle was full of flavour and rich with lobster, salmon and snow crab held together with a creamy mascarpone reduction. Seafood in the rockies? Oh yes its true.
The hit though was the Cowboy Pan served in an authentic looking cooking pan. In the centre was a mound of mashed potatoes with the best root vegetables we have had and flanked on either side are lamb popsicles and sliced tender beef. The lamb melted in your mouth but the beef was the true "amazing dish". I love beef but this stood out. WOW!
The dessert sounded humble but was far from that. Elegantly served around a lemon tart were berries, vanilla bean ice cream, creme fraiche, caramel and a chocolate covered strawberry. Amazing presentation and so good it tempted "plate licking" but we strained ourselves.
Primrose also has a very excellent wine list, and my Italian Pinot Grigio Chardonnay went well with the lobster pappardelle. What I like is that they have a good selection of wine by the glass all within $8-12. Some people may think that the food is pricey at the Rimrock but its not. It costs about the same like the other good steak houses and these portions are a good size too. But when you add in the atmosphere, presentation and variety of food, the Primrose has it all.
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