The Old Spaghetti Factory
2nd Floor Cascade Plaza
317 Banff Ave
Banff AB T1L 1J7
Phone: 403 760 2779
Going to Banff always brings up the question of where to go for food. This time I decided to go for dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
The Old Spaghetti Factory is on the second floor of the Cascade Plaza mall. A lot of thought and care went into the interior decor, which I really enjoyed looking at while dining there.
When I got there around 6 pm on Sunday, it was busy but I had no problem getting a table.
The nice thing about The Old Spaghetti Factory is that they offer a complete meal for a not-bad price. For about $15, you get soup or salad, an entree, a side dish, ice cream, and coffee or tea.
My drink arrived with complimentary bread and garlic butter, and who can resist warm buttered bread?
I ordered the New York Steak, not with a side of spaghetti but with a side of fries. The starter salad came less than a minute after I ordered. The salad was not too bad but obviously not freshly prepared. Some of the lettuce leaves were frozen, which is common in restaurants that prepare salads beforehand and keep them chilled.
The main-course New York Steak looked pretty good, but I ordered medium-well and got medium-rare. I left it at that and tried to enjoy it anyway. The cut of meat was not the best. It had some fat, which I didn’t mind, but the rest was almost impossible to chew. Actually the whole steak was extremely tough. Thankfully, the fries were the thick-cut and tastily seasoned.
For dessert I chose the Spumone Ice Cream with Peppermint Tea. Again this only took a minute to arrive. The tea was very good, but the ice cream I could have done without. At first I thought it had some pistachio bits (spumone is supposed to have pistachios), but they turned out to be ice crystals.
I needed a washroom break, so I went through the door marked “Restrooms” and found myself standing in the mall. The Old Spaghetti Factory does not have its own washrooms, so you’ll have to use the ones in Cascade Plaza.
Last thoughts: The Old Spaghetti Factory provided great service but ho-hum food. Maybe one shouldn’t expect much for $15, but the meal was nonetheless below par. With my pick of restaurants in Banff, you won’t find me back in this one. Elsewhere for the same price, I can get tastier food and go without the “free” starter and dessert. Look at your other options in Banff before you walk into The Old Spaghetti Factory.