This was my second visit to Alo as I wanted to try out the chef’s table tasting menu for $120 plus wine pairing. What can I say, Alo is still by far my favourite restaurant in Toronto!  For sure I will go back for a third time, either for the regular tasting ($90), or to try out the bar menu. Although the chef’s tasting was excellent, however for me, it was a bit too much food and towards to end I definitely felt like I over-ate.

Trying to make reservations was still challenging, but I assure you, it is well-worth the effort!

For my first time dining experience at Alo, please click here.

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Domaine Baud Cremant du Jura / Cornish Hen ~ Crisp and fresh cremant comparible to champagne; cornish hen served in a pâté  style, along with a morel mushroom.

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2014 Tiberio Pecorino / Sashimi ~ Quite enjoyed the aromatic Pecorino with long minerality finish; perhaps I am a traditionalist so I preferred sashimi being served with wasabi instead of other sauces.

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2014 Aphros Loureiro / Sashimi ~ This wine was served last time when I had the regular tasting menu. However I remember liking it better before, possibly because it was from a different vintage; delicious trio of scallop, sea urchin (uni) and dungeness crab.

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2015 Bellenos Gamay Noir Rosé / A5 Wagyu Beef Tartare ~ This rosé by famed winemaker / négociant Nicolas Potel’s  Domaine de Bellene was fruit-forward with strawberry and floral notes. Unfortunately I am just not too fond of rosé wines; the fatty steak tartare was my favourite dish. With fresh ingredients, minimal effort and seasoning are required to come up with a perfect dish!

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Gonzalez Byass ‘Cristina’ Sherry / Pain au Lait / Bee pollen milk dish  ~ This trio was matched quite nicely as all shared creamy and nutty notes.

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2015 Claude Riffault Sancerre / English Peas ~ Both the wine and shaved ice were refreshing, much needed at this point as I was starting to get full.

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2014 Punset Dolcetto d’Alba / Saskatchewan Chanterelles ~ Though I was hoping for a nice Burgundy to go with the dish, this Dolcetto d’Alba will suffice (had the wine last time and enjoyed it).


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2014 Castello di Verduno Basadone, Piedmont, made with the Pelaverga grape which I’ve never heard of. Strawberry flavours along with black peppery notes, this was an interesting wine and I learned something new again! Australian Black Truffle steak – just the steak alone was delicious with its even marbling. I did not dip it in the truffle sauce.

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2014 Enderle et Molle “Liason” Pinot Noir, Germany / St. Canut Rack of Pork ~ Typically I find more dark fruit flavours in Germany Pinots in comparison to their Burgundy counterpart, but this was a smooth and well-balanced exception. The pork skin was crispy; pork meat tender and juicy.

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2013 Lapeyre “La Magendia” Jurançon / Sake (ice cream) / Dark Chocolate ~ I wasn’t feeling this pairing. The Jurançon made with Petit Manseng was more towards stone-fruit profile so it did not match well with the dark chocolate which was bitter-sweet.

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2015 La Stoppa Malvasia “Dolce Frizzante” / Ontario Strawberries / Canelé / Brown Butter Gateau ~ Although the Malvasia wasn’t too bad for the strawberries, somehow I felt like my night was incomplete without anything to go with the canelé (a tawny or oloroso would be nice!)

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Again, another good night at Alo, with the only disappointment being dessert pairings. Hopefully my next venture at their bar will be soon enough.

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