Just returned from an anniversary weekend in Canmore:
The Trough -- This place used to be near the top of our list to eat and now, not so sure. It makes sense now that we've learned the original owners had sold; we are used to their high standards and sadly, The Trough seems to have seemed to slipped a bit. We both shared the Mexican themed pizza for an appy. That was probably the best part of our meal; luscious spiced beef tenderloin on crisp flat bread with too numerous delicious toppings to remember. To split hairs maybe there was too much topping and it ended up being a messy but delicious affair.
For mains we had the paella - shrimp and scallops, chicken apple sausage in a spicy tomato sauce on a bed of basmati rice with mustard seeds. The tomato sauce seemed highly acidic which made it less enjoyable and my husband's plate was heaped high with rice and I barely got any, the sauce almost running off the plate. Shrimp were perfectly cooked and scallops were overdone and rubbery. Dessert was the sticky toffee pudding, which was incredible, and the coconut cream pie. TBH I had better coconut cream pie at a truck stop in Cabazon, California; there was just something off about the flavors, plus it was very heavy. We're willing to give them another chance, but with our meal topping $140 with tip and (not including drinks), we were disappointed. Service was excellent and attentive.
The Iron Goat -- Very pleasantly surprised. We've driven by many times, but decided to give it a chance after hearing about their unique duck wings. Contrary to what I've heard, service was very pleasant and efficient. Gorgeous view and we were seated overlooking The Three Sisters. I had the salad with BC peaches, arugula, roasted tomatoes and bocchini. There was some old yellowed arugula that I had to pick out, which was a bit of a turn-off, but the salad was overall delicious. The duck wings were simply amazing; they are done in a confit with mangoes and spices, then served with black bean sauce. TBH found the black bean sauce way too overpowering and these wings are spiced beautifully enough stand out on their own. The gameburger was simply amazing and if you were to have one burger in Canmore, this is it. The chef/owner stopped by for a chat and admitted to an uneven start, but is committed to serving, fresh local made-in house food. The menu offerings look tasty, fresh and modern and we look forward to returning.
Chef's Studio Japan -- not much to say to what I've already raved about; fresh beautiful sushi made by talented female sushi chefs. My faves are their special eel roll and as always, the scallop sushi is silky, absolutely the freshest I've ever had and melts in your mouth. They had toro in and it was sublime and we had the best tempura in the Bow Valley area. You can't go wrong here and the prices I find are very reasonable for Canmore.
Hope this helps anyone travelling out to the Rockies and wanting some recommendations.