There are two Kegs in Banff, one downtown and the other located in the Caribou Hotel. Both locations offer their own unique ambiance and share a wonderful combination of seating to accommodate any group. Although steak is the theme, the menu is large and offers plenty of choices to suit most any palate.
Our visit was to the Banff Caribou Keg in the Caribou Lodge and Spa. A comfortable rustic setting with high ceilings, rough hewn beams, field stone, and wooden walls adorned with vintage memorabilia and photos of old time Banff National Park.
One of our favourite dishes is the Mushrooms Neptune appetizer. Six wine simmered mushroom caps are stuffed with crab and creamed cheese and baked to a golden brown. Use the house sourdough to sop up all the creamy goodness.
The Tuna Tartare was impressive. Sesame-soy seasoned Ahi is served over a tight round of chopped avocado mixed with lime for a little zing; scoop them both onto a wonton crisp for a crunchy, delicate bite.
The Keg BBQ Ribs are a sure winner. Tender braised pork back ribs are finished on the grill and served with Keg BBQ sauce, cabbage slaw and crispy Keg fries. We chose the whole rack.
You can’t go wrong with the Keg Classic dinners. Start with a Caesar, mixed greens or iceberg wedge salad, then choose your favourite cut, ours was the New York Striploin, a well trimmed, succulent cut of AAA Alberta beef cooked just right. The accompaniments of sautéed field mushrooms and the twice baked potato made this a truly satisfying meal.
They offer a very reasonably priced, well rounded wine list and we love the “Keg size” drinks. Both locations offer bustling lounges where you can relax in a cozy booth or sit at the bar and watch the games. When you’re in the mood for a great steak, the Keg is certainly a place to visit!
• Chilled Black Tiger shrimp with a zesty martini cocktail sauce
• With basil pesto and red pepper jelly, served with crostini
• Oven roasted, green garbanzo bean hummus, couscous, tahini, lemon sauce
• Garlic mashed potato, bacon, sautéed Brussels sprouts, maple butter
• Tenderloin wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon