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“Hidden Gem for East Indian food”

The Mad Dog Cafe & Market
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$13
Cuisines: Indian, British, Canadian
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: Offering daily curry specials and samosas, along with homemade soup, sandwiches, other non-curry grab and go favorites, great locally roasted specialty coffees and organic teas, craft beer and regional wines, we hope you find our little cafe & market a great place to stop for a quick snack when passing by, a comfortable meal when meeting friends or family, or the place to go to buy all your favorite Mad Dog Products for your pantry or freezer. Here we now have our booking office and meeting place for our dogsled clients, a casual counter-service cafe with the food that we have become best known for at our markets, and a larger retail area interspersed filled with our own Mad Dog Quality Products and other local market favorites.
Reviewed 28 July 2014

This place is just outside of Canmore, AB and we found it by accident. (Asked the clerk at Copperstone Resort , just a two minute walk away, about restaurants, ).It is located on a tiny turn off from the TCH, just east of Canmore at Dead Man's Flats.).

The name of the place does not accurately reflect the fact it is a full fledged Indian restaurant ("cafe and spice market" is part of the signage).

We had a wonderful meal with great service. The restaurant is not large but it is very comfortable and somewhat quaint inside. There is shelving holding spices for sale and this gives the place a lovely , (but not overpowering) scent as you enter.

Nice selection of beer to go with the meal, including a delicious craft beer from Yukon Brewery that went perfectly with our meal selection. The owner brought out a tray of cold ones to choose from; it included two authentics from India. a Kingfisher as well as a Taj Mahal.

Desserts were excellent; very different, with several from home made recipes. We chose naan bread, deep fried and served with caramelized spices. and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. One was enough for the two of us.

What was interesting is that the owner is not Indian but rather a Brit with strong Indian ties, including a Dad who was born and raised in India as well as a Burmese grandmother.He has been making curries in Canmore for over 20 years.


Thumbs up for this lovely eatery.

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Reviewed 10 May 2014

We've enjoyed Russell and Dawn's Canmore curry nights at the pub, and lunches at the Farmers Market, long before they opened their Junction House restaurant. This time we had a large group of friends hungry after a day of skiing, so it seemed like a perfect night to try the restaurant. Junction House is located in Dead Man's Flats, less than a 15-minute drive out of Canmore.

Dawn welcomed us in and explained the menu once all of our group had arrived. I think every couple went for the “sharing platter” which allowed us to pick two of the six featured curries of the day. This was served up with basmati rice, Indian spiced salad, and naan bread. It would certainly be possible for a group of four to split up the meal in such a way as to get four different curries.

We ordered poppadums for our appetizer. They were quite large and somewhat different from what I was used to, and presented with three different types of chutney for dipping. We finished the meal off with an Indian sweet sampler plate.

We will definitely return soon to sample more of the possibilities on the menu.

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Reviewed 19 February 2014

Had heard good reviews, so maybe went in with expectations too high. Curry was just ok, kinda bland, not great depth of flavor & pretty single-note. We all said we were good with lots of spice and heat and to "bring it on" and we ordered the beef vindaloo and it was the wimpiest vindaloo I've ever had the misfortune to meet. It was unrecognizable as a vindaloo and not even close to raising a sweat for any of us. The beef was also unfortunately very very tough and chewy and cut into big unmanageable chunks. Portions were on the small side and I am definitely not a big eater, we shared a starter between 4 people (samosa plate-not bad) and a couple of curry platters (ratio was way more rice than curry- the rice was also a bit hard and cakey on top like it had perhaps been microwaved to rewarm it?) and the bill came to over $40pp.
The curry tasted like it had been cooked by a white dude having a crack at making curry at home and it certainly didn't have the complexity or depth or heat of a real restaurant quality curry that I'd be happy to pay for. We often stop in and grab curry at the Green Chili (Crowfoot location only!) in Calgary and in my view, the Crowfoot green Chili is ten times better than this place, at far more reasonable prices.
On the plus side, the little house where is restaurant is located is so cute and cosy with a great ambience and the service was warm, attentive, friendly and really good. However, generally I go to a restaurant for the food, and overall this place was a big disappointment and definitely was not worth a drive out from Calgary, in fact not really worth a diversion off the highway either.

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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

The junction house has by far the best Indian food I've ever had in a restaurant. The vindaloo was absolutely unbelievable. I would unreservedly recommend this place to anyone who likes Indian food.

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Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

Surprisingly good food and atmosphere in a roadside stand. Indian/Asian curry's and some western fare. if you're on the road between Calgary and Banff/Canmore worth the stop. very friendly service too. I'll be back! We had this place recommended by a few people in Canmore that got their curry's from the Canmore farmers market.

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