Whoa, this blog post must be something special if it means coming out of my 3-month blogging hiatius.
This is how Tina Turner must have felt when she declared her comeback tour eight years after her farewell tour.
Tina Turner … I get you.
The impetus for this return is due to a recent dining experience at Alo.
It was a normal Tuesday afternoon when my sister emailed me with the subject line “Alo tonight … yes or no?”
I’ve heard about Alo from my sister’s previous dining experience there along with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the city’s top-notch (and picky) restaurant critics.
Understanding that it takes about two months to secure a reservation at this tasting-menu only restaurant, the cryptic email must have meant one thing … sister dearest knew someone who gave up their reservations.
I responded “Heck yes” and counted down the hours until we met for dinner.
In the absence of a storefront signage, it’s easy to miss the entrance of the obscure building at 163 Spadina Ave.
We were greeted by a hostess before we entered into an elevator to the real entrance. At this point, I thought we were walking into a live version of Eli Roth’s Hostel film.
Quite the opposite.
As soon as we walked in, I knew this would be something special … something magical.
- World class client service without being overbearing or pretentious for a fine dining restaurant. The servers all play a fluidity moving role in ensuring an extraordinary experience. For instance, there were a few little droplets of water (or maybe my drool) on the table and before I could even reach for my napkin, an Usain Bolt-like server dashed to my table and wiped it clean.
- Inconsequential yet attentive details like offering a white or navy blue linen napkin sets Alo apart from its other high-end competitors. Why is this even a big deal? Say you’re wearing a fabulous little black dress, white linen would leave traces of lint. It’s the little things that counts.
- At the center of Alo is Chef Patrick Kriss. He leads a well-executed team of kitchen staff and even takes the time to inspect each dish resulting in attention-to-detail, intricate and delicate dishes. It’s like watching a masterful conductor guiding his orchestra into a beautifully polished symphony set.
Virginia Woolf said it best “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
And that certainly holds true about Alo.