AOne, N1 9LQ
- 020 7837 7767
- 11 Islington High Street, N1 9LQ
- noon-11pm Mon-Sun
Previously entirely vegan, as of early 2012 Vegetarian London Updates reports that they've started serving meat. An anonymous commenter (January 2013) tells us that they also do seafood, the vegetarian options are now more limited than before, and the buffet is now £9 at weekends.
Note that our comments below predate this change.
As of December 2008, the buffet was £5.50 at lunchtime, £6.50 in the evening and on Sundays, and £3.50 for takeaway.
On elvum's April 2008 visit, there was a good selection of hot and cold food, the former being mostly vegan versions of well-known Chinese restaurant dishes (eg sweet and sour "pork", "duck" pancakes, "beef" in black bean sauce, etc). Drinks (all around £1.50) were tea or fruit-juice oriented, but no alcohol. There was no problem getting a table on a Wednesday evening. The 10% service charge was perhaps a little surprising for a buffet restaurant.
Toilets (reasonably clean) were down steep stairs at the back. Decor was an interesting mixture of "antique" tables and mirrors and rustic jungle furniture. Overall, it wins on price, veganness (if that matters to you) and proximity to the tube station, but is only average in most other respects.
(Note that Indian Veg Bhelpoori House, N1 9EX is just around the corner, almost entirely vegan, and even cheaper.)
This place used to be called "Tai" or "Tai Buffet", then changed its name to "Veg" photo, and as of March 2011 it's called "AOne". It also used to be at 13 Islington High Street (see photo of the old location), but is now a couple of doors down at number 11.