5 Baptist Street,
02 8394 9368
Mon - Sat from 6pm
When Buggles and I started 'dating' 12 long years ago, Alio was our go to restaurant. We loved kicking back with a Mojito and enjoying their take on modern Italian cuisine.
Over the years our tastes have broadened and Alio seemed to get left behind.
Then late last year we attended an Italian Feast cooking class headed by Ashley Hughes and the memories came flooding back.
So at long last, we are returning.
We enter the restaurant and not a lot has changed, we immediately feel right at home.
Greeted warmly by Tracey, we are taken to our table and just like old times, immediately order a Mojito.
However, it is not like old times, as this Mojito just isn't cutting it - it lacks flavour & seems a little 'watered' down.
We are have decided on the degustation and this is how it pans out....
|Hand made grissini, olives, 40 month old Reggiano|
|Potato and leek soup|
|Bresaola - Pino’s air dried beef fillet with pickled beetroots, goats curd and walnuts|
|Coppa - thinly sliced with pickled onion and witlof|
|Scallops wrapped in pancetta on fennel puree and olive salsa|
|Roast pumpkin ravioli with sage and walnut butter|
|Beef brisket with potato mash and watercress|
|Blood orange sorbet|
|Pears in mulled wine with frozen yoghurt|
While the food lacks the 'wow' factor and there are no real surprises - a meal at Alio is always consistently good. It is the epitome of comfort food and sometimes that is exactly what you need, a big, comforting Italian hug.