I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. We ate there twice in mid-March, which is the slow season in Banff. We arrived without reservations. The first time was a little after 6 p.m. midweek, hardly rush hour, and they told us the only way they could seat us was if we left by 7:30. The restaurant was more than half empty when we went in as well as when we left about 7:15.
The second time we arrived at 7:15 on a Sunday night. They told us it would be a 15-minute wait. I think they wanted us to order a drink at their little downstairs bar. We didn't, so we got seated in a few minutes. Again, when we got upstairs, the place was half empty and didn't fill up.
This treatment colors my reaction to the food, which generally was very good. The first night my husband and I both ordered beef tenderloin, cooked medium. It arrived perfectly prepared, was good size for a filet, and was delicious. However, the sides were amazingly skimpy. The "stuffed baked potato" turned out to be only half of a potato, about the size of half of a tennis ball. The fresh vegetables, though very good, consisted of two snow peas and two or three baby carrots. This seemed overprices at $39. We did get a basket of delicious bread. Oh, yes--almost forgot because I suppressed it--we also got a HUGE marrow bone, which I personally found completely unappetizing just to look at. I don't know if that is some delicacy in the area, but it didn't show up on other menus, I think for good reason.
The second night, we ended up here by default. My husband got the bison burger, which was huge and he liked it. It came with house-made Forno Fries--roasted potato wedges--which were fantastic. (Ask for the Forno Fries instead of the disappointing stuffed potato if you get a steak.) I got the braised rabbit ravioli and some vegetables. The ravioli was undercooked--the pasta was hard in spots. Some of the vegetables were fine but others (asparagus) were woefully overcooked.
Both nights the service was excellent.
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