Toronto Life - - Food & Drink -

163 Spad­ina Ave., 416-260-2222, alorestau­rant.com Alo’s widely ac­claimed and imag­i­na­tive five-course tast­ing menu is a show­case for meats and seafood, but chef Pa­trick Kriss’s keen at­ten­tion to sea­sonal, lo­cal pro­duce makes it a haven for her­bi­vores too. (Those wish­ing to or­der an all-ve­gan menu must do so at least 24 hours in ad­vance.) There’s not a cube of tofu in sight—the kitchen finds in­ven­tive (and beau­ti­ful) ways to iso­late and heighten the es­sen­tial flavours of even the most com­mon veg­etable. The menus are ever-chang­ing, but Kriss’s ve­gan cre­ations have in­cluded a de­con­structed radish-an­dav­o­cado salad that looks like a jew­elled neck­lace, and a tower of zuc­chini, cerig­nola olives and pre­served le­mon del­i­cately bal­anced atop a glis­ten­ing, puck-size round of On­tario tomato.

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