A FIVE-COURSE FEAST For The eyes
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.