The Maple Leaf occupies the second floor of a building in the center of Banff. It is noisy and crowded but with good service and great food. I started with the elk meatballs done in a cream sauce with chili jam and served on a piece of flatbread. It was the first time that I had elk, but it was really good. My wife started with the onion soup which was dressed up with crispy shallots. Also good. My entrée was the bison stroganoff. Chunks of bison and wild mushrooms were served in a cream sauce over pappardelle noodles. My wife choose the Brome Lake duck which was done in a berry sauce and served over wild mushroom risotto. Both dishes were excellent. The Maple Leaf’s wine menu lists over 800 wines, making it a daunting task to pick one. I finally found a Cote de Rhone at a reasonable price which proved to be very good.
The Maple Leaf is on the expensive side, but the food is uniformly excellent.
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