44 Cloth Fair, London EC1
Located, as the name of the street suggests, in a most interesting area of old London, and a stone’s throw from the Romanesque church of St Bartholomew the Great where we had been to a wonderful performance of medieval music, this vegetarian organic Italian restaurant was just the place for an apres concert. We feasted on bruschetta al pomodoro, more dainty in its presentation than this dish sometimes is, tagliere con foccacia (bread, cheese, olives and oil for dipping), crocchetta (luscious aubergines with spelt cake), cous-cous and a dish of polenta with chick peas, tomato and shavings of carrot. For desert we were offered four different sorbets, among them an especially memorable peach. There is an interesting list of Italian wines, all of them organic and each labelled vegan or vegetarian; I’ll take a dry white with food of this kind. Stylish in ambience and innovative in its cuisine, Amico Bio can mix it with the best of them. I hope to be able to repay the generosity of the kind friends who took me there very soon!