Since it’s located on the third floor of an older building right off Queen West on the edge of Chinatown, Alo feels like a secret. But, when you get upstairs, you’ll find one of the most inventive tasting menus in Toronto. Since the food revolves around seasonal ingredients, it changes regularly but you might see things like Hokkaido scallops with truffle and brown butter or a 60-day aged ribeye. Reservations open two months in advance so plan accordingly, though, if you often refer to yourself as spontaneous - and others would veer towards forgetful - the bar is slightly more accessible. There are more moderately-priced but equally interesting dishes, impressive cocktails, and seats available for walk-ins only.
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