One of Banff's largest tourist markets is Japan. There are always bus loads of Japanese tourists in Banff. Many of the tour groups at Bow Falls and the surrounding lakes are catered to the Japanese. In fact, many of the signs in the shop windows along Banff Avenue are in both English and Japanese. This Asian influx is likely to only grow stronger, as Canada only recently became one of the Chinese governments' approved tourist destinations. The point of all this is to say that there is a disproportionate amount of Asian restaurants in Banff, most of them for the Japanese crowds.
There are seven Japanese restaurants in Banff. Banff wouldn't seem like a great destination for sushi, being in the mountains and thousands of kilometers from the nearest ocean. But, there is a lot of sushi served in Banff, and much of it is as good as you could find anywhere else! The Banff Springs Hotel has a sushi restaurant called Samurai Sushi Bar. It is, like the other restaurants at the Banff Springs, a high quality establishment. It is pricier, but you pay for the location, ambiance, and service.
Along Banff Avenue, you can find Shiki, Sukiyaki House, Miki, Chaya, and Suginoya, all of which serve sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine. A favorite is Chaya, because it just focuses on great food and keeps the price affordable. A filling noodle soup will come in at under $10, which for Banff is a low price. Chaya is a small restaurant with only about 5 tables.
Non-Japanese Asian food can be found at Silver Dragon (Chinese), Seoul Country Korean, Masala Authentic Indian, Thai Grill, and Nourish Vegetarian Bistro. Nourish has a great reputation for its food and its earth-friendly ethic.
405 Spray Avenue
The Fairmount Banff Springs
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110 Banff Avenue
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600 Banff Avenue
Inns of Banff
211 Banff Avenue
2nd floor, Park Avenue Mall
118 Banff Avenue
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215 Banff Ave