CLOSED: Amico Bio

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 49 reviews )



44 Cloth Fair, London, England, EC1A 7JQ

London vegetarian organic restaurant near Barbican tube. Serving Italian cuisine like stuzzichini, pasta, risotto, and classic secondi where meat is replaced by tofu and seitan. Confirmed closed, Mar 2017.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Italian, Organic, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine

49 Reviews

First Review by peter shannon

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27/01/17 - Edit

Visited on 27/01/17. Always wanted to try this place and it didn't disappoint. Food was a good standard generally, the tempura veg was incredible. Service wasn't particularly great nor that friendly. The restaurant itself was quite cold, but in fairness they hand't been open for long and it was January! Will definitely give the place a try again when in the area

Updated from previous review on 2017-03-20

Pros: Excellent quality food, Good menu

Cons: Lacked atmosphere, Service not great

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Healthy, Italian and tasty - Edit

Cosy Italian restaurant where all the dishes seem to be of the finest quality organic ingredients. Lovely setting and relaxing atmosphere. Everything I have tried here (on three visits) has been very tasty too. Interesting tofu dishes, some wonderful goats cheese and good selection of vegan deserts.

Pros: Relaxed atmosphere

Cons: Can be slow, allow time

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Our favourite veggie/vegan Restaurant. - Edit

A most welcoming cosy Italian restaurant set in an historic part of London. Friendly helpful attentive staff.
The food and service are both so good my wife and I cannot keep away. The menu is constantly changing, using fresh organic produce, much of which is supplied from the Chef/Owners own farm in Italy.
All dishes are freshly prepared to order, which of course will take a short time, however we understand if a customer states they are in a hurry service will be undertaken more promptly.
We feel the food is far from expensive, when considering all food and wine is organic, and of top quality. The Special 3 Course lunch at £12 (mon to fri) is most impressive (with a choice from 3 options at each course)
Many vegan options, however, where applicable veggie courses can be adapted to vegan on request.
Highly recommend, would advise booking to avoid disappointment as can become busy.

Pros: Relaxing, and very clean throughout., Welcoming with friendly staff, Excellent food& service

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expensive and not very good - Edit

Veg Italian is so good when done well, so was keen to try this spot. Homemade pasta, what can go wrong? Well it was not very good. The sauce basically tasted like minestrone soup that the noodles were in. The bruschetta was bland and flavorless. For an expensive and classy place, the food was not on par.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: taste, price

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Very good Italian for special occasion - Edit

Since I had been at Amico Bio in Napoli (awesome restaurant), I was eager to visit their outlet in London. Again, the menu leave nothing to be desired except maybe for the vegan desserts: They are very tasty, but more options certainly would be nice (the vegan cheese plate was interesting and most certainly not bad).
Amico Bio is a popular vibrant Italian restaurant, so it can be a good idea to reserve a table, just to be sure to get one.
There are already plenty of vegan dishes on the menu, but the staff can offer you even more by replacing dairy in some dishes - just ask.
Excellent side dishes, pay attention to them!
I have been there twice, very pleasant experience, no regrets whatsoever. It's kinda expensive though. However, it's more a high-end restaurant for special occasions than something for a quick bite.
They have good wines (non-vegan ones are mentioned) and good a WiFi connection.
Service can be a bit slow; again, arrange enough time for your visit.
I was told by an Italian that the food is fairly authentic. It's really tasty, too, that's for sure.
I would go there again. Highly recommended!

Pros: awesome food, authentic, friendly place

Cons: expensive, slow service at times

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Very nice - Edit

Visited in September 2016: went for romantic dinner. Both the service and food were very good, authentic cuisine and nice building. Pricy for what it is but that's London.

Pros: Good vegan options, Cakes and deli things also on offer to takeaway

Cons: Right next to meat market

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Good food, slow service - Edit

Since I avoid carbs, my choices on the menu were few (after all, there are breads and pastas at an Italian restaurant), but what I did have was excellent: a salad (very prettily arranged) with pear (my carbs for the day) and gorgonzola cheese, which was superb (it was actually a first course), and then I had a green salad as a side dish. My spouse had a different kind of salad that was large and very nice. The service was slow - we had to call over the waitperson who was chatting with a worker at the bar.We did enjoy the food.

Pros: tasty food

Cons: slow service, could use more low-carb options

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Disappointing - Edit

Had a Sunday dinner here to celebrate a family b'day. First time to dine here. Very quiet, although that's what I expected for a Sunday in the city, and service was very slow. The Sunday menu is confusing. I expected Italian organic veg/vegan but there were British-inspired veg/vegan roasts on offer as well. No major issue, just didn't expect that. Wine selection needs some work. No vegan organic Prosecco even though there are plenty of options on the market now. We had vegan mains, and unfortunately these were poorly seasoned and a little bit bland. I really wanted this to be a great restaurant, but it didn't live up to our expectations.

Pros: Location

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Good overall - Edit

The staff here explained the 'concept' here in a pretty convoluted way before they'd take our order, but it was done in good faith, so that's fine. The food was tasty. It can get pretty busy at dinner time, so not good if you're in a hurry. Not a quiet venue either, but each to their own.

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: Staff can be a bit overwhelmed at busy times

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incredible Italian - Edit

Beautiful vegan Italian! So so so so nice! Great service and amazing food and wine

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a bit hit or miss but potentially excellent - Edit

I've eaten here a couple of times now and have had some lovely food. But it's not cheap, the portions can be ridiculously small and the service problematic! If the manager/chef? comes out and explains what you can have things tend to improve. Taking an Italian linguist with you might be a good idea though. I will go back when I'm with someone who wants to eat Italian vegan food but not before then.

Pros: Fancy food., Some excellent food.

Cons: Dodgy service., Not cheap!, Not all vegan

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Great! - Edit

Love the delicious Italian food at this restaurant - fresh pasta, home-made foccacia, great desserts. The service is also very warm and welcoming. This area is a bit of a black spot for vegans so it was good when Amico Bio opened. We always go when we're going to the Barbican.

Pros: Great food, Great service, Nice vibe

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Nice place, good food - Edit

They used to have very nice pizza's shame they have stopped them now. They are a lacto ova vegetarian restaurant with Vegan options.We have been to both Amico Bios. The owner Pascal is such a friendly guy.

They have a paper based lunch menu that changes every day.They also sell some of their organic vegetables from their own garden which I just love. They also sell organic pastas and beans.

Good food, nice environment.

As it has non-vegan options I give it a 4 star.

Pros: Relaxing place, Good Food

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get your pasta fix! - Edit

we ate here three nights in a row(out of four in London). The menu seems to change nightly so neither of us repeated an entree. There were many non-pasta options available. We did order the vegan salumi tray twice, partly because of the novelty, but it was also quite tasty. I enjoyed the (vegan) cheese plate for dessert; hubby had a cake that was just sweet enough with a very light texture. We can't wait to go back!

Pros: variety, excellent food, pleasant atmosphere

Cons: addictive, occasionally a bit sodium rich

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Disappointing, tasteless food, unwelcoming staff - Edit

I was here with my (non-vegan) boyfriend, he had a vegetarian pasta dish with cheese and I tried a vegan pasta dish with tofu, red bell pepper and zucchini. My dish was dry (no sauce), tasteless and boring. He liked his dish but it wasn't anything special. We also tried the chocolate cake for dessert and that as well was dry and tasteless.

The staff wasn't very welcoming or service-minded. There was also a really awkward and strange incident where one of the staff members tried to kill a bumblebee that was flying around my head. He basically swung a newspaper right over my head and nearly hit me - without saying one single word of apology. All while the waitress was hiding behind the counter because she was terrified of bumblebees. Of course it wasn't their fault that a bumblebee was in the restaurant - but they could have handled it with more grace. The bumblebee didn't really bother us anyway.

Overall, this is not a place I would want to visit again. I left feeling unfulfilled and uncomfortable. This place does not deserve 2 cows and if I could, I would have given it just one cow.

Cons: Dry, tasteless vegan food, unwelcoming staff

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wonderful restaurant with lots of vegan choice - Edit

We were in London today to see a show and decided to stop off here. The food was absolutely lovely. Tasty and so much choice for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free folk.

The service was gently and friendly. Each course was flavoursome and the apple and cinnamon cake was my favourite. This dessert normally comes with orange sorbet, but they were happy to swap this to vegan vanilla ice cream (which was also home made and tasty). I would recommend.

Pros: value for money, service

Cons: I wish there was one in Birmingham!

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not great - Edit

Had the spag bol, it was essentially pasta with a thin tomato sauce, not "meaty" at all. My brother was sick and could only stomach plain pasta no sauce and he was still charged £9.50! The crumble dessert was also a let down

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Organic Italian - Edit

So good to have the option of organic and vegetarian within the city of London.

The food is really good and tasted very fresh. Exactly what you are looking for when your meals are vegetable based! Also very reasonably priced and great coffee.

The only criticism I would have is that when we were there there was no music playing so the atmosphere was a little stark. Could hear the conversation at the table next to us as the restaurant had not yet filled up so was a little "library awks"! I should point out that their other restaurant in Holborn was much warmer - not sure if they had music there either but didn't notice as there was a nice buzz.

Pros: Fresh food, Value for money

Cons: Atmosphere a bit sterile

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Very enjoyable - Edit

This place is pretty good. Friendly but professional staff, knew what was vegan without having to check (its marked in the menu too). Food was great tasting and I would call the style "gourmet-rustic" Italian ;), and all organic. Grown apparently on their own biodynamic farm in Italy.

I started with a mozzarella, aubergine and beetroot salad. Hang on mozzarella? Yes, this is vegan mozzarella made from rice milk. I'm guessing they make this themselves. I've never eaten "real" mozzarella so I can't tell you how authentic the taste was, but I liked it. The dish was well presented too - a neat pile of sliced mozzarella, aubergine and thin sliced beetroot surrounded by a bed of salad.

For main I went for the seitan burger rather than one of the more Italian dishes (I don't normally eat this kind of stuff, but decided to try on this occasion). Surprsingly it came in foccacia bread, with chips and side salad, served on a wooden bread board. Again great taste and a hearty meal, but I did not feel over-full afterwards, which was good news since I had an inkling that the dessert menu should not be missed...

And it shouldn't. I mixed and matched - taking the chocolate tart from one item on the menu and the kiwi sorbet from another. At this point I was considering moving over to their Italian farm (where they also run a hotel) to live and work and being paid in food and lodging.

To commiserate being stuck in London I finished with an organic liquorice liquer to warm up a bit before facing the cool spring night air.

Although I was dining alone the atmosphere, service, food and presentation would make this a great place to take someone you wanted to impress, but still have a relaxed time with, or as a group to celebrate.

Prices are mid to high I guess compared with other veggie places, but that makes it in the normal range for non-veggie restaurants and the quality was high plus the ingredients are organic and much better value than buying something in one of the organic health food shops! They seem to be doing some offers on 3 course meals currently.

Pros: tasty organic food, lots of vegan options, good atmosphere and staff

Cons: Wish it was 100% vegan

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Great night out at nice sit-down restaurant - Edit

We have been here three times since living in London and enjoyed it each time. The menu changes regularly with the seasons which is great. The quality and presentation is of quite a high standard. All Vegetarian with lots of Vegan options (I always have trouble choosing because I want it all!) and it is all Organic which I really value. Good selection of Veg/Vegan wines. Nice location and is a good night out if you are going to something at the Barbican centre - there are two Amico Bio's (the other in Holborn which I have never been to). The staff are always friendly and very professional. The price is reasonable for London - I would recommend this place for a nice night out where you can sit for a couple of hours and really enjoy a few courses. My partner LOVES the Vegan ice cream.

Portions are a good size. Try the 'piatto unico' if you are feeling super hungry!

Updated from previous review on Monday July 29, 2013

Pros: Good service, Nice atmosphere, Organic/quality ingredients

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Nice location, food was quite nice. - Edit

Service wasn't the best here. We had to keep asking for the bill as they didn't bring it straight away. Also food isn't completely vegan as my friend is severely allergic to dairy products and the waiter told him to avoid certain dishes (Just in case). All in all the location was very nice. The restaurant could do with a nicer refurbishment as it's quite "old" styled, though this adds to the italian authenticity, I guess. It is a hidden little gem especially for you veggies if you don't mind a bit of slow service when they're busy.

Pros: Nice food

Cons: Slow sevice

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Exquisite dining - Edit

On our last trip to London, after weeks having hard time finding vegan food in restaurants, we decided to celebrate an anniversary by getting a table at Amico Bio. I had no expectations but I had previously read the reviews on this site wich alternate between brilliant and so-so. First of, the restaurant is located on a quiet street in the City. It's a pleasant walk from the tube and was quite easy to find. Upon arriving, we were directed to our table. The ambiance was fine but the space is limited hence it is quite crowded. The sound level from the other patrons was acceptable at first and became quieter during our dinner. The service was perfect all through the evening. We were never rushed.

We were presented with a menu and some items were not available that night. It is important to underline that all the food come's from the owner's family farm in Italy and some items on the menu might not be available. We asked for recommendations and were pleasantly surprised by what was offered to us. The food was hot, well presented and subtule in taste. Flavors were brilliantly mixed, textures perfect, never under/over cooked. The wine pairing was also remarkable and the price of meal and wine was in line of what you could expect. I want to stress how fresh and tasteful the ingredients were.

After dinner we had a pleasant conversation with Pasquale, the owner, about the vegan cheese plate we just had. It was the perfect ending for a very nice dining experience.

Pros: Fresh and organic ingredients, Original menu, Very pleasant service

Cons: Crowded

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Tasteless and pricey - Edit

Title says everything.

We had the cauliflower thing (that is a couple of bits of caulilower in a soggy heavy batter), the radicchio , chard and lupini (literalli one lupino cut in half and 2 invisible stripes of swiss chard stlolk); main was a ridiculous overcooked chestnut pasta (how can one have an overcooked pasta at an italian place?!) , mine a completely bland and tasteless spelt kind of stew.

Wine was all right, the only good thing of the dinner.

Definitely not to recommend.

Pros: Decent wine

Cons: Pricey compared to quality and portions, Tasteless food

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LaraJames 11 Apr 2013 - Review I just posted is actually about the Holborn branch.  

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Groupon experience - Edit

A group of three friends and I attended the restaurant with a Groupon voucher this week.
The food was very good. I had the tempura vegetables which were very delicious. Staff were a little strange. One of my friends is vegan like myself and we realised the only dessert of a sweet nature we could have was ice cream (the other was vegan cheese). So we asked the waitress what the selection was. The waitress asked if we were vegan and we said yes and she said ok and walked off. We were confused to say the least. The same waitress walked off before we were able to ask for the bill. The service experience was a little strange but maybe this is because we had a voucher.

Pros: Tasty, Vegan options, Price

Cons: Service

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Not very impressed - Edit

I wasn't very impressed by this restaurant, I asked if the salad dressing was suitable for vegans but could not get an answer, service was disagreable, it felt very unwelcoming. Very small portions, no vegan desserts. The food had nothing special and was expensive. They had vegan wine which saved the evening though!

Pros: All vegetarian, all organic, vegan wine

Cons: unwelcoming, small portions, expensive

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Diminishing returns - Edit

Absolutely loved this place the first time we went, but over two more visits, it fell out of favour with us. Took some non veggie friends and the food just wasn't good enough for them not to feel dissatisfied (an entirely reasonable expectation and very much possible at many vegetarian restaurants). Presentation was also a little sloppy.

Would definitely recommend it, but choose wisely from the menu.

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Closed in the afternoons? - Edit

Since the breakfast I looked forward to our visit at Amico Bio. On their website, they specify that they are opened Mo-Fr from 12 pm to 10.30 pm.

We arrived at 3.30 pm with our baby and our toddler. We entered and a friendly server said hello. There were two persons sitting down at table, apparently choosing from the menu. When we went to the bar the barman - the owner, I suppose - told us, that they were closed. So we went away, assuming that he didn't want a family in his restaurant. Maybe I'm wrong. But we were very disappointed.

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