I've first heard about this place as a hidden gem from my coworkers. They rave about this lake and resort so we decided to come here for an anniversary. It's beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. When we got there, our room wasn't ready so we decided to hang out in the Kicking Horse Lounge
and it was a day where there were 2 weddings going on. It was fun to watch the wedding party and guests get ready for a night to remember!
This dining room is just off the lobby. To the left is their lounge (which we did enjoy) and to the right is their dining room. It's a beautiful property, so the ambiance is fantastic for anything really! I love ordering seafood from my mountain cities so it was no exception here. I ordered their Salmon
and the Skuna Bay Salmon skin was thin and crispy. The fish was delicate and perfectly cooked, and was accompanied with beets, parsnip, and a carrot slaw.
We also ordered their Ribeye Steak
, it was fun as it said it was Alberta Beef! This tender piece of ribeye had potatoes with it and everything was mouth-watering and met up to our expectations.
We don't always order dessert, and our rule of thumb is if the dinner was tasty enough, and we left room - then we will consider dessert. This day, we ordered dessert and had their White Chocolate Cheesecake
which was small, delicate, light and absolutely amazing!
Overall, the ambience and food was amazing. The food was so tasty and with that is the higher price tag. I do think it's worth it as it was food that needs to be brought in and made to perfection.
Every so and so, I enjoy entering a random pub just for a snack. This particular day, we went to Rose & Crown
in Banff as we walk by here all the time. We finally got to go in and try this little place!
As this is just a snack, it was pretty much just drink and appys. I decided to go for their Philly Spring Rolls
which is just as it sounds! Amazing shaved steak with peppers, onions and cheese and it's deep fried in a spring roll wrap instead of in a bun. This was absolutely delicious and it was a perfect portion size!
My hubby obviously has a different definition of a snack, as he ordered himself a Steak Pot Pie
but it's still not a meal. It doesn't actually matter though, as we can always eat at a later hour! The pot pie had tons of steak pieces and it was a wonderful pastry that topped the hearty filling.
This place is wonderful! The food was delicious and creative, the prices was decent and to top it off, it's in my favourite city in Alberta!
202 Banff Avenue
I needed a nice dinner as I was dragged to an unexpected frozen canyon walk and thought I deserved a nice dinner! No, I have no logic in my mind - but any excuse to have a fancier dinner, I'll make up some sort of excuse! We found ourselves waiting in line at Villa Caruso Restaurant
but with the amount of people in line, I had high hopes.
By the time we got in, the service was quite slow but we weren't on any time schedule at all so we had all night. We had a window seat where we watched trains go by, cars get stuck in snow, etc... so, it wasn't a problem!
I knew I wanted seafood and I knew it was good as I was told it was good! So, I ordered their Tuna Steak
which was a large piece of tuna, Cajun spiced and delious.
My hubby was super hungry and so he ordered himself a 10oz Prime Rib steak which was fork tender, full of flavour and a great cut of meat! It wasn't fatty or dry.
Overall, we spent a long time here, but the food was worth the wait. They left us alone most the time, but we didn't need anything either! It was a great experience overall!
Villa Caruso Restaurant
640 Connaught Drive