Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Review: Alio

5 Baptist Street, 
Surry Hills

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.


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