In a place shaped by the dynamic forces of nature, change is part of our very essence. The food scene in Banff National Park continues to evolve this summer with four new restaurants that balance a focus on safety with a commitment to innovative cuisine. These eateries join an expansive list of epicurean experiences that provide fuel for adventure and for the soul.
The Radiant is as rich in character as it is in the flavours of its diverse menu. The shareable plates feel like they could each tell a story of their own, from the smoked ratatouille to the Tuna Matata. An ambience of prohibition-era allure spills out from the distinctive parlour to the patio on Banff Avenue’s pedestrian-only plaza.
Don’t Miss: The chicharron-crusted prawn pairs perfectly with the smoked carats. Save room for the Alberta rose brioche with rose cream custard.
Locals’ Tip: Make a reservation for dinner on Thursdays, when Brilliance Cabaret gets on stage for an evening not to be forgotten.
AMU RAMEN BAR
Though it’s only steps away from Banff Avenue, the newest ramen shop, Amu Ramen Bar, feels more like a classic lunch spot on a Tokyo street. Get a welcome dose of culture and warm hospitality with your tan-tan, miso or shoyu-paitan ramen.
Don’t Miss: For something different, try the mabo-tofu rice bowl with spicy miso-marinated pork and homemade chili oil.
Locals’ Tip: The nitamago (marinated soft-boiled egg) has stolen many a Banffite’s heart already – try it as an extra with your noodle bowl.
FARM & FIRE
The bright and airy space at Farm & Fire gives off a contemporary aura, but the dining experience is grounded in slow-roasted cooking that’s more timeless than trendy. Small plates and big plates alike feature fresh Canadian ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers.
Don’t Miss: The Porchetta flatbread with preserved lemon gremolata, and the must-try side dishes like brassicas with beet hummus and truffle orecchiette.
Locals’ Tip: Get gourmet to go - the rotisserie chicken and wood-fired flatbreads taste just as good at a riverside picnic.
SEED N SALT
If there was an ingredient that represented the vibrant and genuine spirit of the mountains, it would certainly be found in a flavourful bowl at Seed N Salt. Tucked away in the car-free downtown area between Banff Avenue and Bear Street, this lively café serves up salads, bowls and smoothies as healthy as they are tasty.
Don’t Miss: A Kalefornia salad or Tangled Thai bowl with a Liquid Gold smoothie, featuring mango and turmeric blend.
Locals’ Tip: Seed N Salt is committed to making good food fast, so even the most action-packed day in the mountains will have space for a nourishing lunch.
BONUS: RUNDLE BAR
A longtime favourite haunt that’s newly renovated and fully redesigned, the Rundle Bar is the beating heart of Banff’s “castle in the Rockies.” The atmospheric lounge at the Fairmont Banff Springs offers a tantalizing array of cocktails and small bites, and a mountain-side patio that’s unparalleled.
Don’t Miss: The Burro of Bombay and Cigar Box cocktails, and the pacific crab roll to nibble on.
Locals’ Tip: The Rundle Rush Hour from 4 – 6 pm is made even better with live music from 5 – 7 pm every day.