Having had tried a bison hotdog at the Banff farmers' market (tastes like a very porky pork) for lunch, I was keen to try other local game meats.
As the Elk and Oarsman has an 'Everything Elk' menu on Wednesday, it was a no brainers as to where we'd go for dinner.
Our first choice was the elk steak, however, that was sold out. Instead, we went for the elk burger and elk pizza.
The burger was the better of the two dishes. Whereas the bison tasted like a very porky pork, elk tasted like a very beefy beef with grassy aftertaste. It was a thick patty and relatively juicy considering how dry game meat can be. For $10 Canadian dollars this came with two sides of your choice. We opted for sweet potato fries and the soup of the day (roasted tomato and garlic).
The pizza was also $10 but it seemed to me it was reheated or partially cooked a while go and heated up for serving. A doughy base with strands of elk. The pizza wasn't terribly interesting to eat.
We also got some sodas.
Food - 7
Ambiance - 7
Service - 7
Price - 7
The burger was great value but the pizza wasn't so good. The rest of the menu is your typical pub menu. For a sports bar/pub, this was definitely nicer than I was expecting - it was clean, light and had nice views of the streetscape below.
Elk and Oarsman Pub Grill
119 Banff Avenue
Banff, AB T1L1B6
Telephone: (403) 762-4616