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Wild Orchid Bistro

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1818 Mountain Avenue
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Hidden but worth finding, this Zen-inspired bistro and lounge offers stylish dining. Perfect for celebrating life’s special events, Wild Orchid features a 100% gluten-free menu with dishes that are proudly housemade to order completely from scratch. Fresh herbs that garnish dishes and cocktails are organically grown in the restaurant using an Urban Cultivator system. Consistent with this Canmore restaurant’s Asian theme, a wide array of premium sake is stocked, while alcohol-infused slushies provide cooling relief during hot days on the patio.

Atmosphere & Accolades

Earthy colours, flowers and peacefully smiling Buddha statues evoke the ambiance of the East, while the Ha Ling Peak and Rundle Range panorama (that is not obvious from the restaurant’s entrance) provides some of the most amazing views in Canmore. Free marshmallows are offered for roasting on the large mountain-facing patio with BBQ pit and comfortable seating. Osaka-trained chef Shogo Sawada expertly fuses Far East flavours into original, artful cuisine that CBC radio critic John Gilchrist calls ”some of the best Asian food we’ve ever had.“

Menu Samples

  • Tapas: chili sesame tofu; drunken chicken skewers; beef kushikatsu; lemongrass mussels; vegetable or duck confit salad rolls; ginger chicken or beef; blazing curry prawns; edamame; salmon skewers; wings; tempura; fries
  • Raw Bar: scallop; ahi or albacore tuna; smoked or Atlantic salmon; ahi poke
  • Bodhi Roll: One of many vegan dishes, sushi rice rolled with  variety of veggies
  • Sushi: assorted nigiri plate; Atlantic lobster roll; crunchy salmon roll; negitoro roll; dynamite roll; Three Sisters roll (chili, pineapple, scallop, ahi poke, yuzu, pepper, salmon); caterpillar roll (miso chicken, cucumber, avocado, teriyaki)
  • Teriyaki Bison Burger: tomato, red onion, lettuce, teriyaki sauce, soy aioli, homemade pressed rice patty or bun, Asian street fries, organic greens
  • Crispy Duck Confit Saigon Street Noodles: duck leg, flat rice noodles, vegetables, housemade hoisin sauce, aromatic Asian spices
  • Green Curry: seasonal vegetables, brown rice; add tofu, shrimp or chicken

Thursday: Three items for $25, choose from tapas, sushi rolls and tempura. Pint of Sapporo, $4.50 (until 8 pm).

Sunday: Sukiyaki Sunday: traditional hot pot, includes vegetable tempura and housemade matcha green tea ice cream, $24 ($20 for each additional person).

Mains: $20 to $29

Drinks: wines $28 to $89, 25 choices, $7.50 to $10 by the glass, four choices; sake; exotic cocktails and specialty martinis (including red and white sangria); Sapporo on draft; variety of local, domestic and imported beer

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 5 pm to close

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 4 pm to close
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