At the Fairmont Banff Springs’ newest restaurant, executive chef jW Foster’s menu features Alberta’s best meats and produce, carefully sourced from local farms and organic producers. 1888 Chop House is focused on prime (Canada‘s top grade) steaks and chops, hand cut in-house and grilled on cherry wood. There is a diverse seafood and fish selection, and inventive starches and other accompaniments. Seasonal vegetables are always in abundance.
The trendy chop house concept is juxtaposed with elements from the past, such as art and décor inspired by railway travel, and a name that evokes the hotel’s opening year. Before your meal, take a seat at the cocktail bar that overlooks the Castle in the Rockies’ lobby. The dress code is smart casual.
Salads: tossed greens with goat cheese; romaine served with a baguette
Seafood: East Coast diver scallop with zucchini purée; East Coast lobster
with garlic butter; Arctic char with fingerling potatoes
House Made Potato Gnocchi: mushrooms, olives, sage
Sunhaven Pork Chop; Lemon Roasted Cornish Game Hen
1888 Classic Filet Mignon; Brant Lake Wagyu Striploin
Alberta AAA Beef Porterhouse: 28 oz
Prairie Heritage: bone-in ribeye; house dry aged New York striploin
Sun Gold Farms Rack of Lamb; Canadian Rangeland Elk Ribeye
Dry Aged Tomahawk Ribeye: 40 oz, recommended for two people
All prime steaks and chops are served with house butter or natural veal jus
Accompaniments: sautéed shrimp; béarnaise sauce; charred wild mushrooms; seared Québec foie gras; Canadian lobster tail; sea salt baked potato
Starches and Vegetables: honey roasted heirloom carrots; whipped potato; brown butter squash; bacon fried French fries with scallion aioli; seasonal
vegetables; potato gnocchi with arugula, lemon, chili
Mains: $35 to $138 that two can share
Drinks: wines $30 to $3,500, over 800 choices, $13 to $20 by the glass, 12 choices; scotch $9 to $50, 1.25 oz, 42 choices; cocktails $12 to $33; local and international beer $7 to $8
Tuesday to Saturday 6 to 9 pm (closed Sun/Mon). Reservations recommended.