A must on any visit to Banff is dining at The Block Kitchen + Bar. Located along Caribou Street just off of Banff Ave lies this brilliant and delicious tapas bar. The Block is a relatively new restaurant to Banff and has already made an excellent name for itself not least for its cocktails but also because of its amazing food which boasts an exotic Mediterranean and Asian twist. It is one of the few restaurants in Banff that offers a variety of dishes rather than just burgers, burgers and more burgers. (We do love burgers though!)
The interior of The Block is very different to the other typical Canadian restaurants in Banff. From its funky birdcage lighting fixtures to its wine bottles hanging from the wall and its chilled out music, this place is definitely one of the more edgier places to wine and dine in Banff. If you're looking for delicious cocktails in this little mountain town, then The Block should definitely be number one on your list. The Juniper Flower puts a fresh Asian twist on my favourite cocktail ever - the gin garden. Gin and St Germain elderflower liquer is mixed with lemon juice and an exotic Japanese citrus fruit called Yuzu creating a refreshing and zestful summery cocktail. The Watermelon Splash is also a must-try cocktail with its perfect blend of watermelon, lime and cucumber. Our favourites from the hanging wine bottles collection are: the classic Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and the Trapiche Malbec from Argentina.
We've visited this tapas style restaurant many a times so have a few favourite dishes we like to indulge in. Firstly, we love the lamb koftes kebab that literally melt in your mouth complete with a creamy tzaziki and tomato jam. Another must have are the Silk Road chicken skewers, which have a delicious crunch on the outside yet are still succulently juicy on the inside topped off with an asian-infused spicy mayo to dip them into. Don't forget to try the lusciously flavoursome grilled spicy prawns with a peanut dipping sauce. The fact that there is only one salad on the menu is not a problem in the slightest. When you get it right once, why create more? The black quinoa, golden beet and apricot salad has everything you could want in a salad including all the great super foods covered in a light sesame dressing. The Block also has a great lunch menu with mouth-watering sandwiches (see the fresh veggie sandwich below packed with hummus, avocado and peppers) and a new curry pretty much every week.
For dessert, do not hesitate to get more than one. The banana spring rolls with mango cream and chocolate sauce are a taste of heaven. And to end the evening, the tiramisu brulé is a perfect choice. The satisfying snap of the sugar shell before you get to the creamy coffee custard centre is second to none.
This place has something for everyone! It should definitely be on your bucket list when visiting Banff!
For more information, check out their website here.