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.
zubrowka bison grass vodka, cardamom, pineapple
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
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
pretzel, caramel sauce, vanilla cream, cocoa nibs