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“Shabu Shabu is the King”

Samurai Sushi Bar and Restaurant
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Ranked #68 of 144 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$48
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: There is a bus service run by the town which runs approximately every 40 minutes into Banff. Fare is $2.00 per person. The bus operates daily from 6:35 a.m. until 11:15 p.m.
Description: Enjoy an authentic Japanese culinary experience at the Samurai Sushi Bar and Restaurant. Featuring beautifully presented melt-in-your-mouth fresh sushi and sashimi, as well as, interactive hot pot dinners such as shabu-shabu and sukiyaki. The fish used to prepare Samurai's sushi and sashimi is flown in fresh from Vancouver. Pull up a seat at the Sushi Bar and watch our Chefs work their magic right before your eyes!
Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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“Shabu Shabu is the King”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Shabu Shabu is a Japanese cuisine that my wife and I really enjoy. Recently we were in Banff and were pleased that this was on the menu of Samurai, a Japanese restaurant located in the stunningly beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. While the price was somewhat steep for outside of Tokyo, our hunger won the debate and reservations were made.

The location of the restaurant in the hotel seemed to be an after-thought, perhaps added to meet the demand of the growing number of Asian visitors to the hotel. The space was fairly small and perhaps not overly attractive, other than the sushi bar in a separate room that looked warm and inviting.

When checking in the host indicated that they had a special tonight on Shabu Shabu. Yes? Please tell us more. At a nice discount off the Shabu Shabu menu price we had soup, steamed rice, a variety of sushi, a variety of tempura and of course the main star Shabu Shabu.

This turned out to be a very enjoyable dinner. The sushi was excellent and we understood that it is flown in from Vancouver. The tempura was fairly typical and included a nice variety from shrimp to vegetables. The Shabu Shabu was also excellent although I think the broth was somewhat weak and could have used a little more sizzle. I found myself using salt on the meat, something I have never done previously in a Japanese restaurant.

The lady server we had that evening was excellent. She was both friendly and professional and she made sure that our evening was enjoyable.

  • Visited June 2014
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montreal
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“Over hyped”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We went there considering the great review we saw, but the place is not that nice. The decor is slightly nicer than a quick sit and go restaurant.

We ordered the party boat, and most of the sushi were the tiny little ones with a small piece of fish, cucumber.... it was really not worth it. It was probably worst than what you can find at airports. Perhaps the a la carte would have been better. The pieces of fish for the sushi were so thin... really sad.

For the price it was not worth it. I would not recommend this place.

  • Visited June 2014
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“food ok, waiter not friendly at all”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Since we had a very lovely lunch outside on the patio of the hotel we decided to go back in the evening for diner to the hotel. Samurai was our choice since we love sushi and tried it all over the world. The atmosphere is not like the rest of this special hotel. Waiter came to our table and didn't have a friendly attitude. We orderers a few things and some were quit good, others were not. Edamame was not even salted. Tuna tataki was good. Waiter didn't bring water, we had to ask for and never asked if we wanted another drink.Every time we had to ask to order something. He was just not in the mood of working tonight. Our mains were quite good. Too bad for such an amazing hotel that they don't look better after this restaurant

  • Visited June 2014
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Toronto
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“Great Sushi”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Sit at the Sushi Bar if you can. Small restaurant, but worth the wait to eat there. Super fresh Sushi/Sashimi that melts in your mouth. Brought back many memories of Japan in the 80's. Great food.

Visited May 2014
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FairmontMTNResorts, Manager at Samurai Sushi Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments regarding Samurai Sushi! It is such good sushi and is a favourite with guests and locals! All our fish is flown in fresh from Vancouver! Please come and visit us again soon!

Jessica P.
Fairmont Banff Springs Food and Beverage Manager
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Montreal, Canada
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“Who needs to go to Japan?”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

On our last night in Banff, we went to the famous Banff Springs Hotel. The Samurai food and presentation was a reminder of our trip to Japan. Nicely presented and fresh. We were happy and satisfied all around

Visited April 2014
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FairmontMTNResorts, Manager at Samurai Sushi Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Definitely the best Sushi in the Bow Valley!! Our Chef's are amazing! We are so glad you enjoyed and we hope to see you back again soon!

Jessica P.
Fairmont Banff Springs Food and Beverage Manager
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