213-211 Bear Street
Banff, AB T1L 1E4
The Bison was the first dinner we had in Banff. Coincidentally, it is situated right above the place we had lunch, the Bear Street Tavern. The Bison, though owned by the same, offers a much different menu that includes locally sourced game meats and dishes including elk, bison, venison, and duck. The restaurant is a bit fancier and we were seated on their rooftop patio which overlooked Bear Street and had nice views of the mountains in the backdrop.
I had the Bison Ribeye while the girlfriend ordered the Duck Breast. The Bison Ribeye was an amazing cut that was cooked a nice medium rare (though more on the rare side - which I love). The bison meat, though a bit leaner than beef, tastes just as good with a bit more of a mild taste as opposed to a gamey taste. The ribeye was tender, though a bit dry on the outside (though it comes with smoked butter atop). It comes with a side of lyonnaise potatoes, which are liked scalloped potatoes with cheese. Wonderfully cheesy and buttery side.
The Brome Lake Duck Breast is split into two giant slabs of duck breast meat cooked a nice medium. The duck breast was very meaty, and skin was rather crisp without too much fat. The blood orange reduction helped add a bit of sweetness with the savory duck and really made it a good dish.
Wish we were hungry enough for any appetizers or desserts, cause they did have some interesting looking ones, but we were so damn full from dinner. Service was lovely and was checking in often to make sure we had enough drinks and such. The rooftop patio is nice, especially on a beautiful summer day in June. Definitely coming back when in the area again.
Ambience: A | Service: A | Price: B | Food: A