Responses to xkillerx's Review

Respond to Review of CLOSED: Loving Hut
by xkillerx

Review: I think this review will be a much bigger critique of the vegan kolektiv of istanbul and happy cow reviewers in general than of the place itself. Shall we start with the "restaurant" first, then? It is a tiny tiny place well of the beaten path, and quite the distance from the center of the city. It is more like a place a hairdresser would use for his tiny barbershop then where you'd expect to go to eat. The food lacks almost any and all spices. The drinks are wishy washy at best. The rations are laughable... seriously? the vegan burger is smaller than a burger at mcdeath's. we ordered three dishes for the three of us, and when they arrived i think we should have ordered all three for EACH of us. but maybe it's better, because it tastes so bland you wouldn't like to eat much of it anyways. BUT the staff is super friendly and helpful. They even gave us tips on how to improve our domestic soymilk. Still , that leaves little in the wake of the fact that we left hungry and unsatisfied and ten euros shorter. Which may not be much in istanbul, but it certainly is money that will get you stuffed via local food. And then, to highlight this inglorious event, they have no bathroom. No toilet. No handwashy. No pee pee. WTF? --- OFF TOPIC People who rate this place FIVE stars? Seriously? Wtf is wrong with you? Do you people EAT , at all? Have you ever been to a place where you go when you're hungry, and leave when you're happy and stuffed? If you're the kind of person who prefers high quality food in regular-person quantitities, you might want to reconsider believing all the other reviewers who rated this place with five stars.

Responses

AndreaVeg
Posted by AndreaVeg on Tuesday, July 9, 2013
I have been to this place several times every year and I always enjoyed our meals with a low cost. a soup with garlic and mint, a Turkish typical recipe, was nothing short of a fabulous surprise and to wash my hands ... I simply asked to do so in the kitchen sink. the falafel were great and the portions normal (and I'm one who eats a lot, I assure you). I'm not one who puts five stars all reviews but I really liked the food at this place.
SG213
Posted by SG213 on Saturday, May 5, 2012
xkilerx, I've been to all of Budapest, Wien and Berlin, and yes there are some wonderful vegan/vegetarian restaurants there. However, this is Istanbul, and vegetarian/veganism is something of an alien concept here. It's seen as a special "diet" for example, for the purposes of weight loss, as opposed to a lifestyle choice.

So I think this influences the reviews. However I still consider Loving Hut to be one of the best *small* vegan places I've been to throughout Europe. It doesn't compare with Tibits/Hiltl or one of the better Govindas etc., but it's not a fair comparison - there simply isn't a developed enough market in Istanbul for a place of that size unfortunately. Turks look at the menu and get all stupid when they see there isn't meat - I've witnessed it myself today. The upmarket Saf vegan restaurant opened a large branch here in the center but they were closed within a few months (they still have a smaller place in the suburbs though).

As for spicyness, well I think that's more personal taste. I think the falafel wraps are quite spicy enough.
xkillerx
Posted by xkillerx on Saturday, May 5, 2012
QUOTE:"Wow.. a bit of a harsh review, although I think you're right about the portion sizes. The thing is though, that this is more of a small cafe than a restaurant, so I wouldn't go in expecting the full restaurant service - but for what they do, inexpensive homemade vegan food, they do it very well."

NO, they do NOT do it very well, that is the whole point and the main problem. For example, *I* do home made vegan food, and it is way better than their bland, spiceless snacks. And according to the reviews of the others, one would expect a lot more!!! (Shame on you, fellow happycow reviewers)

QUOTE:"Even after ordering a vegan burger and a falafel wrap, for example, the cost will still be less than a single main dish from one of the restaurants on Istiklal street. "

Who in the right mind would look for food on Istiklal??? It is a tourist place where you might hop in for a drink or dessert, but definetely not a meal. Although, now that you'd brought it up, there is a meatless Cigkofte stall in one of the side streets, it's tasty, it's spicy, and the wraps are 3 TL each.

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Folks, I DO NOT WANT TO OFFEND ANYONE, but based on your reviews, we thought this was going to be an incredible place, and we are very dissapointed!! (Out of 10 reviewers nobody mentioned there isnt even a toilet?! I prefer to wash my hands prior to using them to feed myself).

I understand your feelings about this place , but it is not my fault there is not a single quality happycow-compatible restaurant in Istanbul. If you have the option, please consider visiting Budapest, Wien or Berlin to understand what I mean. (And I should know best, because the situation is even worse here where I live, than in Turkey).
SG213
Posted by SG213 on Saturday, May 5, 2012
Wow.. a bit of a harsh review, although I think you're right about the portion sizes. The thing is though, that this is more of a small cafe than a restaurant, so I wouldn't go in expecting the full restaurant service - but for what they do, inexpensive homemade vegan food, they do it very well.

I noticed that the prices have risen slightly recently, but still many people just go in and order a few things from the menu. Even after ordering a vegan burger and a falafel wrap, for example, the cost will still be less than a single main dish from one of the restaurants on Istiklal street. The problem is just the format of the menu - it doesn't really have any "mains" on it, so if you're hungry and order a single item, it may not be enough.
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