Richmond Hill Post - - Chefs Pick T.o.’s Best Restaurant­s -

JUDGE NUIT REG­U­LAR, KIIN & PAI "I love ev­ery­thing about Alo. From the food to the ser­vice, the ex­pe­ri­ence is al­ways im­pec­ca­ble."

POST CITY’S TAKE: With Alo, Pa­trick Kriss brought the tast­ing menu back into the Toronto din­ing ver­nac­u­lar. When the chef opened his French restau­rant back in 2015, din­ers had be­come weary of stuffy pa­rades of plates. Kriss de­cided to re­vive the tra­di­tion but do so in his own dig­ni­fied man­ner. A flood of ac­co­lades came pour­ing in, ap­plaud­ing chef’s fresh ap­proach to a dusty tra­di­tion. Although still young, the space has re­cently un­der­gone a bit of a facelift (think new bar stools and emer­ald-hued cur­tains) in keep­ing with the ever-mor­ph­ing na­ture of the menu. All guests pair­ing wine with their meal now sip from Zalto glasses, su­perb stemware hand­crafted in Austria. Menu-wise, dishes con­tinue to wow din­ers. Guests may tuck into del­i­cate hunks of kan­pachi crudo jazzed with yuzu kosho, puffed rice and sea as­para­gus ba­tons. Or cut­tle­fish on a bed of lit­tle­neck clams and Yukon Gold potato, fin­ished with smoked beurre. For those who want fine din­ing–cal­i­bre grub but in a slightly more con­vivial space, there’s al­ways the bar­room. Although Alo opens its hard-to-get reser­va­tion book­ings ev­ery two months, the bar­room is made for walk-ins as well as re­sos. Soon to come is a pri­vate din­ing room across the court­yard from Alo­bar in Yorkville. Pri­vate din­ners? We say oui. 163 Spad­ina Ave.

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