Patrick Kriss to bring refined dining to Queen and Spadina with Alo
Last November, ex-Acadia chef Patrick Kriss announced he was opening his own restaurant in Toronto. Alo is now slated to start serving guests at the end of July. For this project, Kriss has paired up with Amanda Bradley (George, and France’s Michelin-starred La Grenouillère) to bring refined but approachable dining to a city that’s seen its share of tacos and ramen. Housed two floors above Hero Burger at Queen and Spadina, Alo (which comes from the Latin for “nourish”) will bring a touch of class to the intersection but will still be “fun, not fussy and no tablecloths,” says Kriss.
The tasting menu–only spot will serve guests a selection of seasonal courses (with options available) prepared using French techniques, as well as a longer menu to the folks who manage to snag one of six kitchen-facing stools. Dessert will come courtesy of ex-Canoe pastry chef Cori Murphy, who most recently worked at Montreal’s Patrice Pâtissier. For those who don’t feel like committing to a tasting menu, Bar Alo, the restaurant’s 20-seat section manned by John Bunner (Byblos, Toronto Temperance Society), will serve shareable small plates inspired by the restaurant’s main dishes.
163 Spadina Ave., 3rd Fl., 416-260-2222, alorestaurant.com, @AloRestaurant
4 thoughts on “Patrick Kriss to bring refined dining to Queen and Spadina with Alo”
Thank god, I’m so sick of eating tacos, fried chicken and hamburgers. Glad there’s at least one young chef in the city with the balls to actually try doing something different.
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Had an awesome opportunity to taste some cocktails on the bar side of Alo last night during their sneak peak and it was awesome! Some classic cocktails, some creative originals and a very well stocked bar to serve up custom libations to suit any patron. The dining room is beautiful, as soon as you walk in the kitchen is prominently displayed and open to the large, beautiful room. Can’t wait to go back for dinner!
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