Alloy: Good But Not Impressive

Alloy

220 42 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1Y4

(403) 287-9255

The title more or less explains the experience. The service was excellent, the food was good but not great and the desert special was sub par.

Service first of all was excellent despite a busy night. The waiter was very attentive and showed no hesitation for any of the requests made at the table. Top notch (as expect of course given the pricing of the restaurant).

The food was pretty good in all respects. As a fusion restaurant, you are bound to come across dishes with “unique” tastes and textures or just weird combinations that you wouldn’t have thought of before.

Me and Lily shared an Avocado and Tomato salad, seared scallops, the seared duck and the recommend valentines desert platter. Plating and appearance was very nice, one of the best places I’ve seen as far as that goes. All the items were arranged very neatly and looked very appetizing. Onto taste…

Avocado Tomato Salad – I didn’t actually try any of this but was told it was quite good, though there was a little less Avocado than expected (maybe around 1/3 of an Avocado?), sauce and textures mixed well and was very tasty.

Seared Scallops – The scallops themselves were very good, cooked perfectly. Its too bad that the pistachio crust was MUCH too salty. To the point where we actually had to scrap the crust of the scallop because the saltiness was just overpowering everything else on the dish and was way too much. This was beyond taste bud stimulation, this was just way too salty.

Seared Duck – Imagine eating a steak that tastes like duck and this is pretty much what you have. The sweet potato dumplings/gnocchi on the side were light and fluffy. The duck itself tasted excellent (though a bit on the tough side) though and the sauce was a bit on the sweet side for me. But otherwise a very flavorful taste of duck.

Onto maybe the only “disappointment” of the night was the recommend desert platter. Well it just simply wasn’t really good. It was like eating timbits and chocolate out of a purdy’s box. The mini sorbet milkshakes were neat, but the rice pudding, dried figs just didn’t do it for us. The cupcake was also on the dry side as well and didn’t think it was anything special.  Now what we should’ve done (and our friends did) was order the chocolate trio which looked amazing (chocolate cake, gelato etc…) so sadly their impressive desert made our “recommended” special that much more disappointing.

Summary – On the whole the food was good, save for the disappointing desert recommendation. Service was excellent. But I think somehow I expected a lot more from what people were saying about Alloy and I was coming into here expecting to be blown away. Don’t get me wrong, Alloy is a good place to eat, just not spectacular. Also to note that it is a more upscale establishment so expect to pay premium prices and medium to small portions, but the taste and service is definitely there. Would I go back? Sure I would, just probably not very often.

 

Tasty Complimentary Pita and Hummus

The not so impressive desert recommendation special

 

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