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Comforting Curry in Dead Man’s Flats

Co-owner Dawn Donald delivers an excellent Burmese chicken curry and samosa at Junction House Cafe

Co-owner Dawn Donald delivers an excellent Burmese chicken curry and samosa at Junction House Cafe

Update: The Junction House has been renamed The Mad Dog Cafe & Market. Same owners, same great food.

The Junction House Café & Spice Market, just east of Canmore, is by no means content to offer just one curry of the day. No, there are six, which co-owner Dawn Donald spends several minutes patiently explaining to me. There’s a forehead-perspiring beef vindaloo, a couple of vegetarian options and my choice of a complex Burmese chicken curry, based on husband Russell Donald’s family recipe, and accompanied by a fresh mango chutney and a puffy puri (Indian fried bread). Of course, I can’t resist adding an excellent vegetable samosa to the bowl.

The Burmese chicken curry is from an old family recipe

The Burmese chicken curry is from an old family recipe

The Donalds are similarly not content to just run a restaurant. They sell complete spice kits for many of the curries, along with fresh chutneys and frozen samosas and finished curries. In winter, Russell also runs a dogsledding tour business, aptly named Mad Dogs & Englishmen.

Open for about 18 months, Junction House is located along the Trans-Canada Highway in the equally delightfully named tiny community of Dead Man’s Flats. The Donald’s building has seen a succession of restaurants come and go over the years. Here’s hoping this great addition to the Canmore-area dining scene can last.

The Junction House Cafe & Spice Market
120 1 Avenue Dead Man’s Flats, Alberta
Sunday to Thursday 8:30 am-5:30 pm, Friday-Saturday 8:30 am-7:30 pm

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