Love at first bite: Alo Restaurant, Toronto

Over the past few years, the food scene in Toronto has exploded. The city has attracted a number of world class chefs, including David Chang (who set-up his Momofuku empire in 2012) and Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud (who opened French-themed Café Boulud). These celebrity chefs have helped to inspire a new generation of talented locals, including Chef Patrick Kriss, who hails from Mississauga and leads the charge at Alo.

Given Chef Patrick Kriss’ background working under Boulud in NYC at his Michelin-starred restaurant Daniel and his further experience in France at two three-star Michelin Restaurants (La Maison Troisgros & Restaurant Régis et Jacques Marcon), it’s no surprise that the dining experience at Alo exudes sophistication, yet it also has an unpretentious feel to it.

Our evening at Alo was definitely amongst the best dining experiences I’ve had. The tasting menu was flavorful and artfully plated every time. As a “sensitive meat eater”, I had the vegetarian tasting menu, which was equally as inventive and delicious to the regular tasting menu that Harrison enjoyed. We elected to have wine pairings with our meal, which was a nice complement to the dining experience. For one of the courses, the sommelier had carefully planned to have the wine from the same region as the hazelnuts that garnished the ricotta agnolotti (loved that!).

How much does the experience cost? Our tasting menu for two with wine pairings + tax/tip came to $500. No upcoming special occasion to celebrate? Try dining at Aloette, Alo’s new casual sister restaurant that opened up earlier this week. Expect flavorful, bistro-style plates at a fraction of the cost of dining at Alo. Parfait!

Alo, 163 Spadina Ave, 3rd Floor, Toronto
Aloette, 163 Spadina Ave, 1st Floor, Toronto

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