We recently dined here with friends who were visiting the Canadian Rockies for the first time. As most of the other reviewers have stated already Eden strives to be in the ultra luxe, Michelin 2/3 star category with all that that implies: high prices, innovative presentations, high quality ingredients and alas, smallish portions. Add to that an elegant atmosphere, world class views, attentive service and an impressive wine list and you have the makings of a truly great dining experience. So, what's not to like. Well several things actually. First the food. I am all for trying exotic ingredients but their raison d'être has to be flavour otherwise why use them in the dish. My menu choices certainly had their share of interesting ingredients but I would hard pressed to say that they added anything to the taste. Second, the wine. We went with the wine pairings (which is always a safer bet in a restaurant like this) and indeed the selections offered paired well. However, the wines chosen by the chef were pretty low end bottles and hardly matched the lofty aim suggested on the menu. Finally, the service. Yes the wait staff was very attentive and explained all the dishes as they were presented but please explain to me why in a restaurant of this calibre the staff has to show up at the table in ill-fitting, dirty clothing. This kind of lapse can really detract from the total experience and at the prices asked the total experience really does matter.
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