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Review: The Bison Restaurant, Banff


My visit to The Bison Restaurant was one of the culinary tourism features in my Destination Guide Travel to Banff Alberta. 

My final feast in Banff and my very last culinary adventure in Alberta would be at The Bison Restaurant. I was elated to have an old University of Guelph friend who I hadn’t seen in years join me at the table. Candice has been working at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for several years now and I was ever so glad she was able to join me for dinner to help celebrate my farewell to Alberta.

The Bison is located in the heart of Banff village and offers a stunning sun drenched second floor terrace offering panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. The bartender here has a top notch cocktail program while the team working over the stove keep busy in an open concept kitchen which produces haute Rocky Mountain cuisine inspirations.

During my three days in Banff I had the opportunity to meet a handful of passionate local foodies from top chefs to enthusiastic servers and restaurant managers. Everyone of course was interested in knowing where I would be eating during my stay and it seemed like everyones face beamed when I mentioned The Bison. A clear local favourite.

Highlights of my final feast in Alberta at The Bison included: bison carpaccio with a whisper of truffle, fried green tomatoes sandwiched between creamy buffalo mozzarella, Alberta New York Striploin with chimichurri  duck breast with bc cherry pie and a sweet meets savoury cast iron fried chicken and waffles.

Special thanks to Banff and Lake Louise Tourism for hosting me as their guest.

The Feast:

Blonde Bison

zubrowka bison grass vodka, cardamom, pineapple

Lemon Squeeze

citron vodka, limoncello, muddle fresh orange and lemon, lemonade, vanilla sugar

Courtyard Ice Tea

southern comfort, peach schnapps, rooibos tea, honey, fresh lemon

Terrace Summer Goblet

absolut citron, fresh mint, sparkling wine, lemon sorbet

Bison Carpaccio

pickled quail eggs, caper berries, truffle oil, parmesan, sea salt

Beet and Goat Cheese Ravioli

orange butter, tarragon pesto, cocoa nibs

Fried Green Tomatoes

buttermilk emulsion, cornmeal crust, basil, buffalo mozzarella

Alberta New York Strilpoin

yellow pepper bbq sauce, crushed potatoes, chimmichurri

Noble Farms Duck Breast

bc cherry pie, rosated chestnut puree, rich jus

Cast Iron Fried Chicken and Waffles

wilted kale, corn relish, maple jus

Rhubarb Berry Pie

lime curd, beet sugar, gorgonzola ice cream

Chocolate Creameux

pretzel, caramel sauce, vanilla cream, cocoa nibs

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