For those of us in Australia, today is the Queens Birthday public holiday. So to celebrate the end of my studies my mother took me out to lunch. I got to choose where we lunch, so I chose Loving Hut at Mt Gravatt. I have been here a few times, but its been a while since I visited. This is not one of Marco’s favorites, so I guess that’s why I haven’t been back there. However, today was a Marco free day since he still had work and Mum hadn’t been to Loving Hut before.
Loving Hut is an international chain of restaurants, which has many venues all over Australia and supports a vegan, natural lifestyle. The concept for these restaurants is from the teachings of Supreme Master Ching Hai. I am not sure if the owners or staff are followers of her teachings. But I did notice some a video of her playing in the restaurant.
Loving Hut is just as I remembered it, except they have a few more new dishes and desserts then I last remember. It isn’t the most glamorous restaurants, but what I love about it is that I don’t have to worry about singling out the only dish I can have on the menu. I can have it all! The menu offers a variety of different cuisines, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and European.
In the past I have ordered the Salt & Pepper Tofu, Loving Hut Laksa, Thai Red Curry and Nachos (no longer offer). But today I wanted to try something different that I haven’t tried before and that is similar to some of the food I use to eat. To start we ordered two entrees, the Cream Cheese Wonton, with a French onion cheesy filling and the steamed BBQ Buns. The wontons came out almost instantly and were very nice and creamy inside. I could definitely taste Toffutti Cream Cheese in there. The steam BBQ Buns were also nice. The actually bun wasn’t as similar to regular steamed buns, but the inside very much tasted like the BBQ pork I remember.
For mains we share the new Garlic Butter Cutlet, which consisted of a Black pepper cutlets, mixed vegetables, cous cous , pesto, herb garlic butter; and the Loving Wrap, which was a savoury pockets of bean curd, tofu and herbs, served with rice and vegetables. I quite liked the proteins on these plates. I haven’t tried either of these before at any other Asian vegetarian restaurants. I also really liked the cous cous and the pesto. The vegetables were very much the same on each dish, but were cooked differently. For the price these dishes are good value for money and really filling.
I wasn’t going to have dessert, but I can never say no to vegan desserts. So we ordered the Raspberry Cheesecake and the Chocolate Cake. Both were nice and fresh and ended the meal well. Neither blew me away, but I was still happy with the flavors. Its always nice getting to have dessert out!
Although not my favorite vegan restaurant that I have discovered, I still recommend this place for value for money and variety of dishes. For transitioning to a vegan diet, you will find plenty of choices, many of which are similar to traditional dishes but made without meat and dairy. The serve is friendly and quick and the dishes are very filling and generous. Also if you try something faux meat that you like you can also purchase it to make at home, from their freezer section.