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WHEREList: Best Buffets in Canada

The Palliser's Death by Chocolate buffet. Photographer: Jason Dziver.

We asked the Where editors across Canada to give us their picks for the country’s best buffets, and they came back with some interesting results. If you like brunch, the cuisines of India, Thailand, China, Italy and Canada, or decadent chocolate, read on.

Calgary

It can be hard to get a table during the lunch rush at Rose Garden Thai, located downtown on Stephen Ave. Their popular lunch buffet can include Thai curry, salad rolls, pork skewers, sautéed vegetables, pad Thai and cashew chicken. For a sweet treat, head to the Rimrock at the Fairmont Palliser for their Death by Chocolate buffet. Chocaholics get their fill with ample helpings of chocolate squares, chocolate cake, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate pizza, chocolate pate and a chocolate fountain, to name a few. Monday evenings.

Halifax

Hailed by Where to Eat in Canada as the best Chinese restaurant in the city, Cheelin is a Halifax gem. Tucked away in the Brewery Market on Lower Water Street, its weekday lunch buffet is a local favourite, showcasing Szechuan and Beijing cuisine, prepared with fresh ingredients.

Whistler

Take in the view of the surrounding mountains while enjoying the breakfast buffet at the Pan Pacific Whistler.

Ottawa

East India Company offers delicious (and plentiful) lunch and dinner buffets on weekdays, which include a salad bar, 17 to 20 hot entrees, and dessert bar. Top off the meal with their mango mousse, served in a shot glass.

Vancouver

Foodies head to Café Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Hotel for its Italian Opera Buffet. Every Saturday night guests are treated to live opera and piano music as they nosh on lamb shanks and antipasti. For a sweet treat try the Chocoholic Buffet at The Sutton Place Hotel. Cakes, sorbets, pastries, crêpes and ice cream are sure to satisfy any sugar cravings.

Toronto

Buffet dining in Toronto can be an eclectic experience, with numerous restaurants and culinary styles to choose from. In particular, 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence—though renowned for its toothsome tasting menus—offers an excellent daily lunch buffet with more than 50 traditional items like saffron basmati rice and chicken tikka. For a continental experience, treat the family to Hot House Café’s enormous Sunday brunch buffet, served with a side of live jazz. Omelettes, baked goods, salads, and such hot entrees as roast beef, lasagna and steamed mussels can be enjoyed in the dining room or on the large summer patio.

Canadian Rockies

The baronial Bow Valley Grill in the grand Fairmont Banff Springs hotel (aka Castle of the Rockies) features handcrafted furnishings and a knock-your-socks-off Fairholme Range view through floor-to-ceiling windows. Their daily breakfast and weekend brunch buffets overflow with fresh choices including à la minute preparations by white-clad chefs.

Winnipeg

The Mehra family’s flagship restaurant, East India Company, has set the standard for East Indian fine dining in Winnipeg. The ornate South Asian art, including exquisite ceramics, colourful tapestries, beautifully set tables and wrought iron chairs, are truly a feast for the eyes.   The East India Company’s daily lunch and dinner buffets are a complete sensory experience.  The food is flawless. Rather than covering off  the basics of North American  Indian food, the buffet is an authentic ethnic experience. Lunch buffet (Mon-Fri): $14.95, daily dinner buffet: $19.95. 349 York Ave, 204-947‑3097.

Victoria

The Inn at Laurel Point has long been known as one of Victoria’s best bets for Sunday brunch. Under the expert guidance of executive chef Brad Horen, captain of Culinary Team Canada, the Inn’s restaurant, Aura, serves a delicious array of flavours, from custom omelettes and artisan cheeses to hot and cold seafood—a must on the West Coast—and delicious desserts.

Edmonton

Every Sunday is a glorious feast day at the Executive Royal Inn in West Edmonton where Steel’s Cafe & Grill puts on one of the best brunches in town from 10 am – 2 pm. All the breakfast goodies you can imagine, from Eggs Benedict to your tummy’s desire at the omelette station, await your plate—plus fruits, salads, pastries and decadent desserts, all for $19.95 (seniors $17.95, kids 5-12 $9.95).


3 responses to “WHEREList: Best Buffets in Canada”

  1. Donna Hatt says:

    While I appreciate all the suggestions above, being located here on the Atlantic Coast…just had to chime in with my suggestion! White Point has an amazing :Taste of Nova Scotia” infused dinner buffet. From a table overlooking the pounding surf of the Atlantic, guests enjoy everything from Mersey Point Solomon Gundy, Atlantic Smoked Planked Samlon, Indian Point Mussels along with a variety of salads, pasta, potatoes, freshly made soups and hand made desserts. Inevitably, Executive Chef Alan Crosby is found mingling in the Dining Room providing tips to recreate these dishes at home. Dinner Buffets are featured on Weekends Sept. – June and nightly during summer months from $24 per person. And we haven’t even mentioned the Breakfast Buffet…
    If you find yourself in Nova Scotia, indulge in an Adventure in Taste at White Point!

  2. Pamela Choy says:

    I also feel that the recommendation in Winnipeg is not the best to reflect great buffets in Winnipeg. I do agree that East India Company has the best Indian buffets in town, however, this restaurant is already listed in the Ottawa section. My recommendation for a great buffet in Winnipeg, is the one at Fort Garry Hotel. It’s Sunday Brunch buffet is comparable to the one at Cafe Pacifica in Vancouver. Price is high, but well worth it for the food, ambiance and service.

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