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“Okay, not quite the same service we received elsewhere”

Silver Dragon Restaurant
Ranked #63 of 152 Restaurants in Banff
Price range: $2 - $179
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: After bringing authentic Chinese food to Banff for 26 years, Silver Dragon has moved to a new location five minutes from downtown (south of the Bow River bridge on the road to The Fairmont Banff Springs). Customers now enjoy on-site parking and mountain views from three sides. But they still indulge in the same flavourful and attractively presented dishes that have made Silver Dragon so popular; expert chefs continue to cook in Cantonese and Szechuan styles using fresh ingredients. Tables for groups are available, the private room seats 20, and take-out and delivery are offered. Menu Samples Appetizers: spring rolls; dry spareribs; grilled pork and vegetable dumplings; salt and pepper seafood Soup: hot and sour; won ton; seafood; chicken noodle Rice: fried rice with choice of vegetables, chicken, pork, shrimp or beef; steamed rice Noodles: signature Silver Dragon special chow mein; Shanghai-style fried thick noodles; Singapore-style rice vermicelli; pan fried noodles with beef Vegetables: stir fried garden vegetable; egg foo yung; baby bok choy; Chinese broccoli; Szechuan eggplant Duck: Peking duck; duck with ginger and spring onions; bone-in BBQ duck Chicken: special crispy chicken; sizzling chicken hot pot; stir fried chicken with almonds; palace-style chicken; sweet and sour chicken balls; lemon chicken Beef: ginger fried beef; Mongolian beef; beef with black pepper sauce on hot plate; curry beef hot pot Pork: braised pork with vegetables; mu shu pork with crepes; Peking-style pork loins; honey garlic spareribs Seafood: steamed or stir fried live lobster; sea bass; sauteed scallops with celery; salt and pepper squid; Szechuan fish in spicy broth Desserts: kiwi surprise; banana split; lychee fruit Signature cocktails, martinis, Asian beers and Chinese liqueurs
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We weren't asked for a drinks order for well over 15 minutes, it would have been nice to have a drink whilst perusing the menu. We ordered the set menu for two, although it was a shame that the choice was battered chicken balls or battered beef. Really glad to have some fresh vegetables included though and it was good value for money.

Portion size for us was a little large and the waiter seemed offended that we left food and didn't want it packing up to take away with us.

Plus side is that this is a large restaurant so no trouble getting in. Downside you feel that the service you received warranted a 15% tip.

1  Thank McClusk
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

The food was good and a warm environment. The waiter advised us to reduce our order as portion sizes were large and was very friendly. So it was good to see they weren't trying to maximise the spend. The salt and pepper squid was excellent.

1  Thank Lee W
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We fancied a Chinese meal, so popped into the Silver Dragon. Being vegetarian, we can generally find something. Although there was a lot of fish mixed in with bean curd, we asked if they could do something without the fish. They were very accommodating and sorted us out. Be warned, the portions are very generous. The food was cooked just right, and we were served very quickly. The only let down was the coffee, we should have stuck to the tea - ah well.

1  Thank MartynR61
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Maybe we're spoiled in the UK for chinese food, but I don't think so given the wide variety of asian/oriental food available in Canada/US.
The ONLY reason this review is 2 star is because the waiters and staff were so friendly, but as a food review this is gonna hurt. It even hurts remembering.

Ordered 2 dishes (beef and chicken), egg fried rice and some spare ribs. Glass of wine and a coke.

EVERYTHING tasted of salt and MSG. Everything. Even the plain egg fried rice was a mixture of oil and salt.
Beef and chicken dishes were different but it didn't really matter as it all tasted the same.
Ribs were plentiful but woefully tough and dry.

We ate about a third of our meal and couldn't face any more. Told the waiter we'd over ordered (typical brits he agreed) and he put the excess in containers for us, which I dumped straight in the bin as I got downstairs.
I never take doggy bags, but it was easier to do that than tell the waiters the truth. We brits are very reserved when it comes to complaining in restaurants. All 3 staff were incredibly nice and friendly, hence the reluctant 2 stars.

Cost about $70 with tip, worst value for money all holiday.

Sorry, but I would recommend anywhere else in Banff for food over this place.

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1  Thank PumiceMin
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Had a takeaway on Christmas Day so full marks for being open. Delivered to hotel within the time quoted. Food was good but not great. The Szechuan chicken was the best dish. Did ask if the fried and steamed rice portions were the same size and was told they were but the fried was twice the size.

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