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“Lunch was so delicious that we returned for dinner the next day!”

Aroma Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #51 of 128 Restaurants in Canmore
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: The Wood
Description: "One of the Top Ten restaurants outside Calgary" - John Gilchrist. We are proud to introduce the Authentic Mexican cuisine in Canmore since 2009. Our top quality Mexican fine cuisine is what make us unique. All our menu item selections are artisanal handmade with natural ingredients from scratch. Our dishes are gluten free, veggie, vegan and kids friendly. If you are looking for a marvelous dining experience, let your palate discover the ethnic flavours of our land, in an intimate and cozy setting enjoy truly healthy and exquisite meals, organic Mexican cafe and original signature drinks in an real Mexican ambiance. Please, keep your passport ready for this magical gourmet adventure at Welcome to Mexico in the Canadian Rockies!!!
Reviewed December 3, 2012

If you 'd like to experience Authentic Mexican Cuisine, we highly recommend Aroma Cafe on mainstreet, Canmore.
Chicken Burrito Platter: crispy shells, tender chicken, flavourful black beans.
Enchiladas Verdes: incredible verde sauce
Entomatadas: amazing veggie dish with goat cheese. The tomato sauce was exquisite. The vegetables so packed with flavour.
Chicken Fajitas Taco Platter: generous for 2 portion, tasty chicken breast
Jose's Relleno Poblano: The chilies were stuffed with goat cheese and once again, the tomato sauce pure and tasty.
Lora, our waitress and owner was gracious, helpful and friendly. The Jipsy Kings played the music flowed and the three of us friends thouroughly enjoyed this Mexican experience! We will be back! Hmmmmm... Maybe we'll try breakfast!?

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Thank DebMc63
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

A bunch of people from my work were staying overnight in canmore for our xmas party and we went to Aroma for breakfast. The food was amazing, I am not normally a fan of Mexican food or beans and this place completely changed my mind

Thank brunettebanker
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Three of us visited Aroma in Canmore and it was disappointing. We were the only guests in the restaurant and the service could not have been much worse. I ordered grapefruit juice and received cranberry and the enchilada was a cheesy-cilantro covered mess while the accompanying rice was ice cold. Our server peeked around a corner to ask how our food was and disappeared before we could answer. I had to track him down to complain. Removing my offending meal from the bill took 20 minutes as well.... with no explanation as to why.

All in all, don't bother. If you must have Mexican in Canmore, look for another option.

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Thank nielsensmith
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Slow service to begin with, but it improved and the fajitas were EXCELLENT. Lots of meat and fresh shells.

Thank EdmontonRobert
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Drove three hours to Canmore to go to our favorite pizza place which is no more, now called woods. Didn't feel like pub food so looked across the street and saw Aromas, we like Mexico and the food there so thought we'd give it a go.
Upon opening the door we were greeted with lovely aromatic food scents, and that was the highlight of our lunch.

The person that greeted us was pleasant, we were seated at a booth for the five of us and handed our menus.
The first thing we noticed was the terrible condition of the menus, then the stains on the booth upholstery, I figure it had about two years worth of ground in Taco meat in it.
The menu selection was, to say the least, boring. And, at 99% of the Mexican restaurants we have eaten at, both here in NA and Mexico its pretty standard to receive chips and salsa at the same time as you receive your drinks. Not here, ohhhh, no. Here, you have to request them, and there is a 5 dollar charge. Ok, fine, but when they showed up, there was an abysmally small amount of store bought Taco chips and about two table spoons of a salsa that looked like they mixed mole sauce into it. We actually had to ration the salsa between the five of us, it was the most retarded thing I've ever had to do in a restaurant.
At this point we discussed canceling our order and taking our chances elsewhere, but with three hungry kids and just completing a three hour drive we decided to tough it out.

I can only figure that rents must be exhorbinantly high in Canmore because the prices they charge sure dont reflect on the quality of the food served. We ordered quesadilla for the children off of the children's menu , the steak taco platter for two for us, three kids ice teas, and an ice tea and a green tea for me and the wife.
The cost with tip was $102.00, with no booze. I would be ok with that price if the food warranted it, but this was cafeteria level at best.

The children's quesadilla came with Uncle Bens minute rice with a few frozen mixed veg thrown in for looks, no salsa or anything to moisten the dry food product. And again, even the crappy rice fit into what was essentially a side sauce bowl, maybe three tablespoons worth at most.

As far as the tacos went the steak fajita mix was actually cooked fairly well other than it was swimming in oil, but it was tasty. The joke was the "artesian" tortillas were only artist made if the boys at Byblos bakery suddenly got creative. Not only were they store bought flour tortillas, they came wrapped in tin foil and thrown on a plate, forget about any kind of presentation, you won't find it here. For dressings we recieved another abysmally small amount of salsa, a few sprinklings of grated marble cheese, and a dollop of tasteless guacamole.

I requested hot sauce and was brought a dirty little bottle of hotsauce, no selection, even in Mexico I'm always brought a couple.

In conclusion, if we were at Tacos R Us, and paid 30 bucks to get this in a takeout bag then it would have been quasi ok, as is, for 100 dollars for three kids meals and a taco platter it better be the best taco platter ever. If this restaurant is trying to keep food costs down, congratulations, you have succeeded, I have never experienced such a chintzy, skinflintish, miserly restaurant, EVER!!

The only reason we did not give this restaurant a zero star rating is the Steak Taco mix was actually edible, the rest of the experience though was just embarrassing for them. We would not step foot in this restaurant again for any amount of money, a complete waste of our time.

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1  Thank Baylisclan
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