Lovely atmosphere but small, pricey portions
Posted on 12 / 02 / 2011
This restaurant has a really nice atmosphere. It's a lovely space with simple wooden furniture and floors and extra interesting touches with the ornaments and pictures. The waitress we had was also sweet and attentive.
However, I had a discount Groupon voucher for this restaurant like many others and I think the restaurant hadn't really counted for such capacity. So, because the restaurant was quite full, it took quite a while to get served and for our dishes to arrive.
When they did arrive, they weren't as tasty as my friend and I had hoped (I'd promised her fireworks and I don't think we even really got sparklers!). For starters, I had cauliflour fritters which were the nicest thing about the meal. They were good-sized and crispy and came with a tasty, salty salad. My friend had a foccacia and olives starter which was fine and prettily presented but nothing out of the ordinary.
For mains we shared gnocchi and pumpkin with sage, and a seitan dish with roasted vegetables and chestnut. The seitan was a bit tasteless and there were only two small pieces of it, there were a few nicely roasted vegetables but just two tiny bits of chestnut.
Any other taste in the gnocchi and pumpkin dish was thoroughly drowned out by a very strong taste of sage and the portion was small.
Perhaps the portions are so small because with a real Italian meal you order more courses than just starter and main and dessert and, to be fair, the menu is set up for this. Yet, at Amico Bio, because the courses are set average to above average prices that would make doing the whole dinner traditionally with extra courses very pricey indeed.
My friend enjoyed her dessert very much though, a kiwi sort of pie. Sadly this wasn't part of the voucher discount! And so cost her Â£6! Having enjoyed the fritters for starters so much I ordered them again for dessert but that was a mistake as they were apple this time and the flavour of them wasn't strong enough to be particularly noticeable. The fritters this time came with a very small pot of chocolate sauce too and that was delicious but there wasn't quite enough of it.
I would love to go back there again but I think they need to make their portions bigger and be more judicious about the flavour of the dishes.
Great atmosphere, Attentive staff
Too expensive , Small portions, Food needs more flavour