Brazen, a new and bold dining experience in the heart of the Town of Banff opens June 14. Set in the historic Mount Royal Hotel, Brazen focuses on sharable plates; dinner classics with a modern-day twist and cocktails inspired by Banff’s bold characters and days gone by.
“Brazen pays homage to the original lounge and restaurant in the Mount Royal Hotel – The Alberta Bar. In its day, The Alberta Bar was the center of activity and a place where all gathered to share a meal and share their stories,” says Executive Chef Scott Hergott, Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit. “Today we reimagine this classic Banff space, bringing it back to life in a contemporary way with an adventurous Albertan spirit.”
Brazen’s seasonally inspired menu showcases ingredient-led cuisine firmly anchored in tradition; flavours on the plate that echo the nostalgia with a modern local twist. Standouts like Sherry Creamed Fox Farms Mushrooms on Toast; braised Elk and Cabbage; and Charred Acorn Squash are offered alongside Smoked Mussels, Hangar Steak with Potato Fondant; and Truffle Mac and Cheese.
The cocktail menu is rooted in the classics and celebrates the era of The Alberta Bar. Inspired by famous characters of Banff who frequented the original lounge, drinks are reimagined favourites brought to life using local spirits and house made cordials.
The design of the space is masculine and traditional, inspired by the history of classic hotel lounges. With a nod to old-world service, a little bit of cheek and timeless hospitality of the Mount Royal Hotel, visitors are warmly welcomed to sit and savour the experience as they gather to share stories of the day.
“Brazen honours our history, while looking to the future – setting the stage for past stories to be told and new memories to be made,” said Stuart Back, Chief Operating Officer, Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit. “From dining 7,500 feet on top of the Banff Gondola with our Sky Bistro and Northern Lights Alpine Kitchen to downtown Banff’s Farm & Fire, Brazen will add another signature culinary experience to Pursuit’s exceptional dining portfolio.”