Winning ninth place in the Best Tried and True category in the 13th Annual Best Restaurants Awards, Alloy has made itself known for sophisticated yet approachable fusion dishes.
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Chef Rogelio Herrera preparing pork strip loin.
Nestled into an industrial area just off Macleod Trail, Alloy could easily fall into the category of “hidden gem.” Those who know of it are certainly aware this jewel of a restaurant is worth searching out. Beyond the nondescript exterior, inside, the airy and open space of bright white with hints of California colour serves as backdrop for chef Rogelio Herrera’s sophisticated, yet approachable dishes.
Drawing on his heritage, experiences and travels, along with those of co-owner Uri Heilik, Herrera offers his own take on fusion food, melding Mediterranean, Asian and Latin influences — and the ingredients that form the backbone of those cuisines — to create his refined plates. On the surface, the fish tacos, niçoise salad and lamb chops seem straightforward, but Herrera gives them a twist, balancing complex and intricate flavour combinations with fresh, local ingredients. The dishes are unexpected, but easy for diners to embrace, and the extensive wine list allows for excellent pairings to round out a good meal.