The Maple Leaf
The Maple Leaf
137 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1CB
The Maple Leaf restaurant is an important one for me because it is where I took my girlfriend for our anniversary after she agreed to throw away her life with me. (Married).
The restaurant itself is rather lovely with a nice modern décor mixed with a rustic feel as well. On the corner of Banff Ave and Caribou, it is a very difficult spot to miss. The menu offers up so many different delicacies and the wine list is rather impressive with wines from across the world. We had an order of champagne to celebrate and we ordered one from Italy. Impressive menu with prices that are on par with most fine dining establishments.
We started with an order of Duck Confit Wings and a Crab Cake to start. The duck confit wings were very good and very sticky sweet. The wings are crisped very nicely and the glaze they use was dripping heavily. It comes with a side of ranch, but there is no need as there is enough flavor in the meat and the sauce. It comes with about 10 nice wings to an order.
The crab cake appetizer was OK. I didn't find much crab meat chunks as it were more crab meat shreds. An order of the crab cake only comes with one giant crab cake and slaw. It was a mediocre app that I probably would avoid on the next go around.
I ordered the 18oz Cowboy Steak as my entrée while the fiancé opted with the Game Stroganoff. The steak was fantastic! It comes with a side of jus and sprinkled with fried onions. There is a bowl of mushrooms and peppers in the event you want to have them on your steak, but I found it unnecessary. The steak was tender for medium rare and was so damn juicy. The meat was seasoned beautifully and I didn't need the jus because the flavor was enough. It's a large steak that comes bone-in so don't expect to need anything else.
The Game Stroganoff was a more complex dish of pappardelle noodles served with wild mushrooms, cream sauce, and a nice helping of elk and bison chunks. The noodles were fresh, as were the mushrooms. The dish itself is heavy as there is a bit more butter than expected, but tastes good. The bison and elk chunks of meat were very good, but a tad dry.
Service was stellar and was attentive. They answered all our questions and greeted us with specials as well. Nothing worse than not knowing about a special after ordering. The place is very nice and worth the price if coming for a special occasion. Definitely will make my way back if I ever find myself back in the Banff region.
Ambience: A | Service: A | Price: B+ | Food: A-