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

Chaya Restaurant
Ranked #70 of 140 Restaurants in Banff
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“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
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1 Thank fattysnax
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Do recommand”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 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
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Ferlattes
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“chaya”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 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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1 Thank ronHI
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food in a good price!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Mormbi
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“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
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2 Thank Hangingloose
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