Respond to Review of Loving Hut
by Rebecca Byrd
Review: This is my 2nd review, after Harmony Vegetarian. I gave Harmony 4 Happy Cows, and the Loving Hut gets 5. Relative to Harmony, it should probably get at least a couple more Happy Cows, because it went above and beyond. Loving Hut is blessed with a much more pleasant atmosphere; we ate outside on their wrought iron tables on their covered patio in the afternoon sunshine. Entering the restaurant, you pass by a koi pond minus the koi, but filled with colorful lily pads. When I walked inside, I thought, wow, how bright and clean! The interior, display case, menu and seating are simple, clean, fresh, and intelligent, just the way I like it. The Asian staff are extremely friendly, if not masters of the English language. It didn't matter. Service was fast and courteous. The menu is available on their website & is vegan. Prices are very reasonable, portions large but not too large. We didn't ask for takeout containers so I don't know how environmentally responsible they are, but at least the restaurant uses reusable plates and utensils for dining in. I ordered the Loving Hut Rolls, the Ocean Love Soup, & the vegan cheese cake, while my husband got the Holy Eggplant & the vegan chocolate cake. Our bill including 20% tip was $35 for all that. Our sauces and mayonnaise were totally vegan and totally scrumptious, as were the eggplant and rolls. The vegan cakes were to DIE for, especially the chocolate, but because they're vegan, no dying necessary! We couldn't believe our tastebuds & the direction this restaurant has taken, and the pleasant atmosphere.... thank you Happycow.net for allowing us to discover this place we'll frequent again and again, probably more often than Harmony. No faux meats & only 2 references to meat on the menu: Almighty Steak and Hamburger, both soy and wheat protein, so very few distastefully named items or reminders of meat. The food was simply delicious, with no apologies for being vegetable, and the desserts don't make you miss a thing about non-vegan sweets. I hope this place stays in business for years to come. I've posted some photos of the dishes we had. If only more restaurants like this would pop up around here....
Posted by rivluk on Tuesday, February 16, 2010