Alloy | Calgary's 25 Best Restaurants
This restaurant has been serving globally-influenced cuisine in its beautiful, airy space for the past decade.
Tuna ceviche with chili popcorn at Alloy.
Photograph by Jared Sych
FOOD | Global influences with local ingredients.
VIBE | Airy but intimate and comfortable.
DECOR | Mid-century-modern California cool.
DISH | Tuna ceviche with chili popcorn.
TIP | The circular booths are intimate but not squashed for up to four people.
When Alloy opened 10 years ago last fall, its location in the Manchester Industrial area seemed like a huge hurdle to overcome. Who was going to go all that way for dinner, let alone lunch? A decade on, the answer is clear — pretty much everyone who cares about food.
The jewel box of a dining room with its balance of wood and white walls and banquettes with hits of bright pink all around makes every meal feel like a mini-getaway, even more so if you are eating on the courtyard patio.
The menu is heavily inspired by co-owner/operators Uri Heilik and chef Rogelio Herrera’s travels and heritage with a blend of world cuisines focused on Mediterranean, Asian and Latin American. Where some fusion dishes can become muddied — a frenzied blend of flavours from around the world — Herrera and his team allow each ingredient to shine in dishes that are complex but approachable. More than just the blending of ingredients implied by the name Alloy, what’s created here is more like alchemy — turning simple ingredients into gold.
220 42 Ave. S.E., 403-287-9255, alloydining.com
photograph by jared sych
Preparing the tuna ceviche with chili popcorn.