April 1, 2019

Name: Chuck's Steakhouse

Address: 101 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B3

Phones: 4037624825

Website: https://www.chuckssteakhouse.ca/

Hours: Monday-Sunday 5PM - 10PM

Reservation: Yes (Via telephone or on OpenTable)

Price Range: $$$-$$$$

What I tried:

  • On two separate occasions: Famous Garlic Cheese Bread, French Onion Soup, Baby Wedge Salad, Alberta Beef Carpaccio, Prime Alberta Dumplings, Broccolini, Pan Fried Mushrooms, Mac & Cheese Sticks, Lobster Tail, Chucks Steak Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce, Chimichurri Sauce, Alberta Raised Wagyu (Bone-in Ribeye & Millionaire Cut Bone-in Striploin), Famous Chuck's 10z Burger and Steak Frites. For dessert we tried: Salted Caramel Cheesecake & Coconut Chamomile Panna Cotta. Cocktails: Coal Miner's Daughter & Tea and Tonic.

Pro:

  • One of the best restaurants downtown Banff and comes highly recommended from everyone I have spoken to. Conveniently located in the heart of Banff.

  • I do get a 50% discount here from work and this gets me talking about...

March 8, 2019

Name: Banana Leaf Tropical Cuisine

Address: 3330 32 St NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 5Y9

Phones: 4034503880

Website: https://www.facebook.com/bananaleafyyc

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-8PM, Sunday 11AM-5PM, Monday - Closed

Reservation: Yes (Via telephone)

Price Range: $$

What I tried:

  • Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak Combo, Roti with Curry Chicken, Seafood Curry Laksa with Yellow Noodles, Cold Milo with Milo Powder and White Coffee with Milo.

Pro:

  • Authentic Malaysian food outside of Malaysia right here in Calgary!

  • Traditional well known dishes from Malaysia available here. A combo of Malaysian Indian, Chinese and Malay dishes. Also some Taiwanese dishes as they are branded as a Malaysian/Taiwanese restaurant.

  • Owners are from Malaysia and this is as close to authentic as you can get.

Con:

  • If you do not drive and are not from Calgary, perhaps the location will throw you off. It is hard to get to as it is outside of downtown Calgary and in a plaza.

Must Try:

  • The Nasi Lemak Co...

January 9, 2019

Name: Gong Cha Bubble Tea

Address: 303 Centre Street SW #106a, Calgary, AB T2G 2B9

Phones: 4032649995

Website: https://www.gongchacanada.ca/

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-10pm

Reservation: No

Price Range: $

What I tried:

  • Milk Tea with Tapioca and Royal Milk Tea with Tapioca.

Pro:

  • Located in the heart of Calgary's Chinatown amongst other bubble tea shops.

  • Another outstanding franchise from Taiwan to make its way to Canada with their unique bubble teas.

Con:

  • Parking could be an issue if you are driving as this shop is right by the main road. So, if you are plan for that slight inconvenience.


Must Try:

Their signature milk foam or milk tea series. There are so many options to try from and I am sure whatever you go with will not disappoint.

  • Their toppings include milk foam, pearls, white pearls, basil seeds, grass jelly or coconut jelly.

Service:

  • Polite but transactional. Nothing too special.

  • 3/5

Food:

  • Both of our teas were delicious. They were both subtle and no...

January 2, 2019

Name: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Address: 102 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B3

Phones: 5873560905

Website: https://philsebastian.com/

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30AM-4PM, Saturday-Sunday 10AM-4PM

Reservation: No

Price Range: $

What I tried:

  • Hot chocolate and decaf vanilla latte.

Pro:

  • There are 6 locations all together in Calgary that you can visit.

  • You can buy the coffee beans they use as it is their own brand and it is available to also be bought wholesale.

  • They also offer classes and workshops that will teach you about home brewing, espresso, steaming and latte art. You can also attend coffee tastings and roasterie tours upon making reservations.

  • Besides the fact that you can buy the coffee beans, you can also purchase equipment to make yourself a great cup of coffee. From your own brewing kit to espresso machines and grinders. If that is too much for you, they have mugs, cups, books and other gifts you could leave with.

Con:

  • None

Must Try:

  • Any of their coffe...

December 2, 2018

Name: Lukes Cafe Central Library

Address: 802 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0E7

Website: http://lukesdrugmart.com/

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday 9AM-6AM, Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM.

Reservation: No

Price Range: $

What I tried:

  • Blueberry + Strawberry Soft Serve

  • Chai Latte

Pro:

  • Located in the newly built Calgary Central Library downtown Calgary.

  • Such a great addition to have a little café in the library amongst books.

Con:

  • Be aware that there are two Luke's café in the library. One is a little café in the library itself on the second floor. They serve beverages, soft serve and some desserts. The second location is one that you have to access from outside the library but somehow part of the library. Just navigating and trying to differentiate the two was confusing but I finally managed to find it.

Food:

  • The soft serve was delicious. Very subtle in flavors and not too sweet. The blueberry was a bright purple and the strawberry was a light pink, almost white...

October 7, 2018

Name: Sky Bistro

Address: Mountain Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J3

Phones: 4037627486

Website: https://www.banffjaspercollection.com/sky-bistro/

Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 11am-8.30pm, Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Reservation: Yes via phone/Opentable

Price Range: $$$-$$$$

What I tried:

  • Starters - Bread with Olive Oil & Balsamic, Honey glazed Duck wings, Seared Scallops, Banff Ave. Brewing Co. Black Pilsner Steamed Mussels, Alberta Bison Tartar, Cauliflower Fritters and Ocean to Sky Seafood Chowder.

  • Entrees - Lemon & Thyme Brined Chicken Supreme, Ancient Grain Risotto, Alberta Bison Tenderloin, Pan Seared Kuterra Salmon & Mussels and Sungold Farms Lamb Rack.

  • Drinks - Cherry Negroni & Lake Breeze Pinot Blanc.

Pro:

  • Located on top of Sulphur mountain in Banff. The views from the restaurant are spectacular.

  • You get to ride a gondola up to enjoy this restaurant. As I have mentioned "You pay for the view and get to eat for free!".

  • When you get to the top, you will find a newly trans...

September 3, 2018

Name: Park Distillery Restaurant + Bar

Address: 219 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7

Phones: 4037625114

Website: https://www.parkdistillery.com/

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11AM-10PM

Reservation: Yes via phone.

Price Range: $$-$$$

What I tried:

  • The distillery tour and tasting.

  • 6 samples of Glacier Rye, Classic Vodka, Alpine Gin, Vanilla Vodka, Espresso Vodka and Birds Eye Chili Vodka ($20 for 6 samples).

Pro:

  • Located in the heart of downtown Banff amongst various other tourist spots.

  • Full service restaurant and bar as well.

  • They make every their gin, vodka and rye on site with glacier water.

Con:

  • Nothing so far.

Must Try:

  • Everyday at 3.30 PM, there is a complimentary tour available for about 10 people maximum I believe. Spots go really fast so be sure to call and book to ensure a place. After the 30 minute tour, you are then able to go for a tasting which you will have to pay for but it is well worth it because you get to try everything this distillery has to offer.

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