If you’ve come to Banff, Alberta, to hike the national park or climb Mount Cascade, rejuvenating Indian cuisine could be just the ticket after a long day. There are few options in Banff, but the restaurants you will find are relaxed and welcoming, and if you’re willing to make the trip to sister community Canmore – around a 20-minute drive away – the number of options increases even further. Here are the best places to eat Indian cuisine in Banff.
The original Indian restaurant in Banff, Masala serves traditional cuisine cooked in a wood-fired, tandoori clay oven. The restaurant is relaxed and friendly, the mood set with artwork depicting Hindu gods and Indian life combined with traditional Indian music playing over the speakers. For the best views, book a window table to enjoy vistas over Wolf Street and Cascade Mountain. It’s also near the Lux, the only movie theater in Banff, making it ideal for pre- or post-movie eats.
The literally named Indian Curry House sits on Banff Avenue, offering a South Indian menu inspired by owner Vivek Velmurugan’s most beloved home-cooked dishes. The vibe is relaxed and fun; look out for lunch specials Monday to Thursday if you’re on a budget. Catering to the Alberta palate, the menu includes the dish Pure Alberta Beef Vindaloo – beef covered in a tongue-tingling spicy sauce with aromatic spices and potatoes. If you’re not used to the heat, it might have you reaching for one of the Indian beers served in-house.
The local joke is: “The best place to eat in Banff is Canmore.” And while that might be a little biased, the Spice Hut is worthy of the trip. Part of a small group of Spice Huts dotted across Canada, the Canmore location offers an East Indian menu served in a dressed-down atmosphere. The extensive offering includes plenty of gluten- and lactose-free options plus an enticing selection of vegetarian dishes.
One of the two grocery stores in Banff, Nesters Market is the place to head for a grab-and-go Indian meal. The deli counter serves fresh samosas and butter chicken to take out, which makes for an energy-boosting picnic when you’re exploring Banff National Park.
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