Did you hear? Alo has been named Canada's top restaurant this year. The bad news? It'll be even harder than before to get a reservation there. The good news? They have a sister restaurant just downstairs called "Aloette," where you can indulge in some comfort food like scallop tostada, cheeseburger and house-made cheese bread.
Our visit was on a Sunday afternoon during lunchtime so we were a tad worried about the wait (since they're walk-ins only), but we got lucky and was seated within 5 minutes! Although they don't offer a weekend brunch menu, their all-day menu will satisfy your tastebuds. Check out the dishes from our lunch - we decided to order 5 items to share among the 3 of us.
Scallop Tostada - scallops, cilantro, pickled onion, peppers
Great things come in small packages. These were jam packed with flavour! Definitely one of my favourites from the visit!
Iceberg Wedge - chive cream, avocado, parmesan, wild rice
A delicous salad to accompany your mains!
Chicken Kaksu - scallion, ginger, aioli, daikon
Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside - these were also a hit. It's a good dish to share!
Aloette Cheeseburger - beaufort cheese, onion, lettuce, pickle
I wouldn't say it's the best burger in the city, but it was quite tasty! There's not a lot of ingredients - cheese, lettuce, onion, served with a pickle so the main event is the patty. That's how a burger should be.
Beef Shortrib - shishito pepper, chimichurri, shallot, watercress
This dish was so much bigger than we expected. The meat was fall-off-the-bone but the sauce was underwhelming. I enjoyed the earlier dishes more.
I must add, there's complimentary house-made cheese bread from the restaurant that is out of this world. If only we can order them!
Although Aloette is much more accessible to people than Alo, it's definitely not a cheap meal. That being said, discovering the delicious bread/butter and the fact that they have a daily happy hour will take me back to the restaurant to try the rest of the appetizers!