Bold. New. Brazen.

    Kate Barker June 17, 2022

    It’s time for something different in Banff’s dining scene.

    With the plethora of restaurants to choose from on Banff Ave, it can be difficult to decide where to eat tonight. Sometimes you’re craving a filling meal after a day of adventure, sometimes you want something light to share, maybe you just want a cocktail and dessert, but whatever it is, you’ll find it at Banff’s newest restaurant, Brazen.

    Everything at Brazen is served with a side of swagger. The place harkens back to the days of the old Alberta Bar and the strong characters who used to visit Banff’s first watering hole during the beginning of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. The bar’s specialty cocktails were designed to reflect those early characters like the brash and brooding Bill Peyto and the daring explorer and naturalist Mary Schäffer.

    We’re really elevating things to provide a diverse, different experience.Head Chef Dan Jiricka

    Head chef Dan Jiricka is the mastermind behind Brazen’s menu, and he brings together a bold set of flavours with audacious presentations that combine numerous vegan and non-vegan options that everyone can enjoy. The goal was to provide a dining experience that can’t be found anywhere else in Banff, and that presents the uniqueness of this community to everyone who stops by.

    The menu includes starters to share, like Golden Chicken Pops with sweet and spicy glaze, and Brazen Nuts, a combination of birch and serrano glazed peanuts with local double smoked bacon and chicharrones.

    Smaller plates to combine or to share include delights like Brie Mac & Cheese, with cavatappi, brie cream, and fired leeks, and Smoked Beef Tartare, with cognac, garlic aioli, pickled onion, truffle oil, and buckwheat cracker.

    Large plates include classics like steaks and Surf & Turf alongside unique takes on delicious dishes like Ginger Beef with certified angus beef hanger steak, blistered shishito pepper, onion, and ginger syrup. The Mushroom Ravioli is one of those vegan dishes that’s so delicious, even carnivores will devour it and want more.

    Of course, the cocktails are designed after famous mountain characters, and the servers are trained in the history of the area to provide commentary on the people and places who made Banff what it is today. The restaurant is decorated in a classic yet sophisticated way, paying homage to the classy elegance of the early 1900’s with the comfort and exceptional service of modern-day Banff. The whole experience blends together a sense of nostalgia with an invigorating dining experience and cocktail bar in a big move that stands out among the choices of Banff restaurants.

    With the combination of unique offerings, exceptional service, and bold characters in a classically styled lounge, Banff’s newest restaurant provides a dining experience that’s simply Brazen.

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