I watched a horrendous documentary about the meat industry and for 3 whole days I turned vegan – have you ever done that? It would have lasted longer but chocolate came along, and cake, and silky delicious lattes. I should try harder I know.
During this recent vegan episode I met with a veggie friend (no-one else would come with me – vegetable discriminators!) and headed to Amico Bio, the Italian Vegetarian Organic Restaurant in Holborn.
Aside from the staff the restaurant was 100% empty, which you’d think might put us off but we endorsed it. We wondered about, chatted with Antonio (charmer), and just generally made ourselves very comfortable indeed.
In the zone, we ordered a white vegan wine (Falanghina). This means they don’t use sulphites or filter the wine. You probably haven’t tasted vegan wine, this is because it tastes like feet. Sorry Amico, but really it does. What was wonderful was that when I spoke up about this to Antonio, he immediately exchanged our wine for a sulphite heavy triple filtered normal wine (the Trebbiano), which was delicious – we were back on track, when I have wine I am happy.
Excitingly, the menu is enormous – burgers, pizzas, salads, risotto. We shared some Rice croquettes filled with mozzarella & peas (£5.00). Hot, creamy & delicious.
All in all an interesting, pleasant lunch. I love brand and what it stands for and will continue to support it. The food didn’t blow me away, but it was good and very fairly priced for the quality of the ingredients. I fully intend to go back and try some more of this ambitious menu, in particular:
• Seitan hamburger, with tomato, onion and lettuce, served with chips and salad (£10.00)
• Ravioli filled with smoked cheese and sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomato and basil sauce (£12.00)
• Rum babà with amarene cherries (£6.00) for dessert.
I’m quite sure this business will grow – vegetarian diets are growing popular as people are becoming less ignorant about meat.
If you don’t know where your meat comes from, I suggest you do a little research – I guarentee it wont take long for you to think twice about the food chains you are supporting. Watch what you eat my little friends.