Historical version 1 of Amico Bio, WC1A 1BH
- 020 7836 7509
- 43 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BH
- 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; closed Sun
Like its sister branch, it's completely vegetarian. Vegan and optionally-vegan dishes (including vegan pizzas) are clearly marked on the menu, as are those that are or can be made gluten-free.
bob visited on a Tuesday lunchtime in February 2013. When I arrived shortly before 1pm there was only one other table seated, but the place filled up during my visit. No music was playing, just the noise of conversation.
I went for the special lunch menu, which offers three courses for £10 photo, starting with the pickled vegetable, cucumber, and rocket salad photo. The veg were pickled quite nicely, and the rocket was fresh.
My main was an oven-baked potato served with cannellini bean ragout photo. This was perfectly decent; the potato was cooked well, and as I'd asked for the vegan option they used olive oil instead of butter to dress it before adding the ragout.
For dessert I had the fruit salad photo; this normally comes with chocolate "crunchies" based on popped rice, but I asked for it without the chocolate and they happily gave it to me with plain crunchies instead. My waiter was careful to make sure I knew that the chocolate was vegan, in case that was why I was asking for it to be left off. The end result was interesting, and I quite liked it.
Both of the two waitstaff on duty were very attentive. Tap water was explicitly offered, though I chose a bottle of mineral water instead (£2.95).
bob's verdict: I'd go back, if only because as a lactose-intolerant person I'd like to try their vegan pizzas.
Accessibility: Can't remember if there were steps, but in any case it's quite cramped inside.