After a beautiful day exploring the scenery of Jasper National Park, including a Jasper Skytram ride and a drive on the Icefields Parkway, it was time for a delicious meal. Since we’re not in Jasper often, my wife and I decided to eat somewhere fancy. After some research, we ended up at Syrahs of Jasper. Ranked very high on TripAdvisor, Syrahs of Jasper provides an intimate, warm-hued atmosphere with gourmet regional Canadian cuisine such as elk and salmon.
As I mentioned above, the restaurant is intimate. There are not many tables so its best to reserve, especially in the high season. After a long look at the menu (everything looked so good), We finally decided to start with the smoked salmon cups ( Chipotle and ranch seasoned smoked salmon, baked in puff pastry, and drizzled with roasted red pepper and blue cheese aioli) and Duck drummettes (Confit Style duck wings tossed with sweet and sour sauce. served with maple mustard dressed salad greens and house pickled vegetables). Um, wow. The smoked salmon cups were so good that even my wife (who doesn’t usually like salmon) thought they were incredible. The salmon was creamy and velvety with the texture of cream cheese.
After indulging in the appetizers, it was time for the main course. I decided to try the Alberta Elk Sirloin (Grilled and stacked on shoestring potato, leek and white cheddar “poutine” with creamy coleslaw and braised chard. Finished with red wine reduction and roasted red pepper chipotle “ketchup”) and my wife went with the Alberta Beef Steak (Certified Angus “New York” Striploin, studded with roasted garlic and served with our house made boar bacon mac’ n cheese, grilled asparagus and fresh watercress and topped with a dark chocolate black pepper and Syrah reduction). I know what you’re thinking. Mouth-watering, right?
Both were great but my favourite was actually the Alberta Beef Steak. Plus, the boar bacon mac’ n cheese was a nice addition. I just wish it was bigger. Although the food is great, portions are on the smaller side, which is typical for fine food. We were more than satisfied with the meal.
Dessert came next. We decided to share a White Chocolate Goat Cheesecake (velvety and unique, made with goat’s cheese and white chocolate, served with blackberry chocolate syrup) and a Double Chocolate Brownie (Made with Belgiun white and dark chocolate topped with Frangelico whipped cream and salted caramel sauce. and vanilla bean ice cream). Both were great with the winner being the White Chocolate Goat Cheesecake. I was hesitant on the goat cheese but it turned out to be super delicious. Cheesecake is all about the texture and this one had the perfect velvety touch.
Now that we were stuffed, it was time to go back to Becker’s Chalets but not before making reservations for breakfast. We decided to come back and see what the breakfast menu had.
In the morning, we sat right next to the table we had the night before. We ordered both a latte and London fog. I wasn’t a huge fan of the latte but the london dog was excellent. We then ordered breakfast. I ordered the summit, which consisted of 2 eggs, three kinds of bacon, a homemade waffle, maple syrup, and hash-browns and biscuits. My wife ordered the Bacon and Salted Caramel stuffed french toast. Obviously we shared. No way I’d pass up the french toast.
And yes, the french toast was delightful. Sweet and savoury. The summit breakfast was also good but not as good as the french toast. If I had more room, I would have ordered another.
Syrahs of Jasper (www.syrahsofjasper.com) is located in the heart of the Jasper at 606 Patricia St. and is within walking distance from most hotels and B&B’s.
Contact Syrah’s at 780-852-4559 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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