More Cafe than Restaurant but good service and food.
Cons: Pricey but good size serves
More Cafe than Restaurant but good service and food.
With several visits to this Loving Hut in the last few years I have always found the service and food of a reasonable quality. The decor and atmosphere is more canteen quality, so it not your 'hot date' type place to take your veggo girlfriend. However, all food is vegan and reasonably priced. The meals are predominantly Asian inspired and they use quite a bit of soy and tofu in their dishes. Vegetables in all dishes are fresh and not overcooked and they often have specials of the day that include seasonal fruit or vegetables - so there is often something new and different to try.
Overall my first outing to The Loving Hut Mt Gravatt was fine. The staff were both nice and fast but don't offer the good service you might expect from a restaurant. The food came out quickly and was pretty nice - although there seems to be soy and/or tofu in just about everything (maybe that's just my impression).
If I could change one thing it would be that they concentrated on interior decoration and ambience. Everything is either too plain or too tacky and there's really no need for either. If it weren't for my choice of diet I wouldn't eat there just because it felt more like a canteen than a fun outing.
Overall it was good enough for me to go back.
Updated from previous review on Sunday September 28, 2014
Loving Hut has become my favourite veg restaurant!
The meals are quite large, very affordable, and taste absolutely heavenly! There's live music on Thursdays and 10% off dinner on Tuesdays, alfresco dining as well.
I've tried their Beijing Black Bean, which became an instant favourite, the flavour just blew me away!
The "Seven Seas Delight" comes as a close second, it's crispy and delightful with a sticky ginger-soy sauce, and to be honest I don't even know what it was made of, but the place being a vegan spot I didn't have to ask :)
My husband said their Laksa was the best one he's ever had, and he's a carnivore. Good news for me, I won't have to twist his arm to go back there for a meal, hehe.
The "Ten Wonders" was great too, it just surprised me that the veggies on top of the noodles weren't cooked, but raw. Still delicious though. Oh, and the "Crispy Yum" was tasty too. I took my meat eating mates there and they were very surprised by how tasty vegan food can be.
Even the biggest meat fan of our group said he'd be back, and so will I.
Dress casual but eat like a King! Lasagne, Laksa, Malay Satay Sticks, Nuggets, Tom Yum rice - the most extensive menu for a Vegan joint. This is the place to take your non-Vegetarian friends and they can still order meals they know - and they will love the taste and textures. I used to love The Magic Wok / Leaderbowl in Sunnybank (now closed) but this is the best of the best. The Green Edge (Windsor) and Tea Master (Fortitude Valley) are the next best.
Having eaten at the Loving Huts in Hong Kong and South Korea, which are also great, I have to say our Brisbane shop is something very, very special. Enjoy the casual atmosphere and the wonderful tucker!
This has gotta be one of the best vegan restaurants in Brisbane. The prices are great, the food is consistently good, and the range of food is amazing! I take all my non-vegan friends here and they love it and later take their own families and friends here! Oh...and the price is so reasonable! I was so impressed I have written a review, and that doesn't happen very often!
Loving Hut is vegan chain slightly more upmarket than a fast food restaurant and being what it is - I think it is fabulous!
I have been many times and I think I have tried nearly everything on the menu. I like the asian salad and simply because I miss it from my childhood - spaghetti bolognaise. My husband has the black bean dish nearly every time and LOVES it. The only dish that I don't like is the sweet and sour 'pork' as the sauce is very sweet and ordinary.
The pan bread, if you like fried food, is yummy. Also the iced coffees and desserts are scrumptious. Yes sometimes they are busy and the service a tad slow and sometimes communication a bit lacking, but they are always pleasant and lovely. Sometimes it is a bit noisy for me, but that is everywhere you go.
I have been to a few Loving Huts now (the other 2 in Sydney) and I find the variety of food here is better and I enjoyed the food more.
I love their message and that they care about animals and the environment as well and support charities.
Updated from previous review on Saturday August 17, 2013
Loving Hut is right around the corner from me - great convenience food for my family's weekly take away! As others have said, it's such a relief to walk into somewhere and know that you can eat everything on the menu without question! I discovered this gem about 6 months into my vegan journey and have loved trying everything on the menu.
The food and flavours are generally fantastic. The lasagne is a hands-down family favourite, closely followed by the vegetable korma. Hubby loves their spring fried rice. Servings are generous and reasonably priced ($11-$14 for mains). We share meals and always have leftovers.
I must say, I have tried all their desserts and dislike them all! The cheesecakes are bland and I feel sick every time I bite the chocolate cake (hubby occasionally orders it). Sorry folks - am surprised to read so many reviews praising them when I find them all foul. Desserts from menu much better but are pretty basic. Ice cream with an Oreo stuck on top, for example.
Now to the cons (yes, even I can see they exist!). The atmosphere is pretty average - "canteen feel" agreed by previous review. If only they had table cloths and were set with cutlery and maybe a candle, the ambiance would change dramatically. It's self-serve cutlery, napkins, water and other condiments. It seems each choice that detracts from the place is for cost-cutting purposes.
The service is hit-and-miss. They're all about pushing people thru, with zero customer connection. I have stopped several staff members at the counter and forced them to look me in the eye and say hello. ONE exception - a gorgeous, friendly young girl who, after 2 years of regular visits, is the only one who acknowledges me as a returning customer. Wish I knew her name. Everyone wears jeans and they're not too interested in accommodating special requests. Service just downright sucks. Good service is very important to me, so it says a lot about their food that I keep coming back.
Also agreed that there is a whole lot of fake meat going on in the menu. The 'cutlets', though tasty, are hardly a health food. They even have fake prawns!! Kinda wish they'd avoid fried, sugary, mock-meat items on the menu. I asked what was in the lasagne cheesy sauce (it's freakin awesome) and was told it's just flour, sugar and water!!! So that makes me sad. I'm a vegan for health reasons.
All that said, the food is super tasty and an ideal place to take skeptical carnivores. I'll remain a loyal regular despite their downfalls.
It's popular. Everyone knows it. I have visited many Loving huts around the world, and this is average. Food is ok and the desserts, especially vegan cheesecakes, are just heavenly with their chai latte. Often the service can be friendly but sometimes a bit disorganized. And I never can forget how I once ordered a drink that was never brought to me and I went to complain, the waitress asked me to go from table to table and ask if someone has accidentally got my drink ... But that was the only time I got upset with them, otherwise have left happy.
We visit loving hut because they give you the option of no onion or garlic.
My partner is severely intolerant to onion. It makes him sweat and shake and vomit. He CANNOT EAT IT under any circumstances. So he always makes it very clear to the wait staff that his meal cannot have onion. He even checks again before he eats the meal to be absolutely sure. Well guess what? Tonight his meal DID have onion. Despite checking and double checking. Now he's really sick. We will never eat at Loving Hut again!!!
My partner and I have been to this restaurant a couple of times and although the food is great, the service - not so much. The first time we went it was a busy Saturday night and it didn't take us too long to order our food and be seated - maybe 15 mins with a packed restaurant. The food came out quite quickly as well - except for our desserts. We waited 30 mins after we finished our mains before asking where our dessert was. 5 minutes later, my partner got his dessert - but it was the incorrect one. We got it switched over and again asked where my dessert was (which was choc mint ice cream). The waitress said she'd check on it. 15 minutes later we stopped the same waitress as she walked past and then she remembered and rushed back into the kitchen and I got my dessert straight away. Considering it was 2 scoops of ice cream with an oreo on top - it should have come sooner. And my partners dessert was a slice of cake that was in the glass display case so we really shouldn't have waited so long. The problem was even though they had enough staff when we first sat down, 2 large groups came in for what looked like birthday parties. As soon as these groups ordered their food it seemed like they had priority over everyone else. But despite this, the food was good!
The second time we went, the food was great but again the service wasn't. This time it was a Tuesday night so there were less people in the restaurant but they only had 2 people working! One was taking orders and the other had to run out the food. Again we waited too long for our food and my partner kept having to go up to check on it. Again, I was a little disappointed by the service but the food was good. I'll probably still go there as my partner and I do enjoy the food, but we will probably get take away instead.
If you go there, two things to note: First - on Tuesday they have a 10% discount. Second - it may seem like they have starters (which are listed as snacks) but they don't. They make the snacks and mains at the same time and bring out the dishes as soon as they are done. So sometimes you may find your main coming out before the snack. They don't tell you this when you go there and some people get confused.
We have visited this Loving Hut several times in the last few years, we always find it clean, the staff friendly and the food tasty. The menu is displayed on a wall in large pictures, easy to follow and with occasional special dishes of the day. The prices are good for what you get and the range of (mostly Asian style) dishes allows a good variety of healthy and err,.. less healthy options to be selected. The restaurant has a bit of a canteen feel about it, so may not be good for a romantic dinner, but definitely good for a nice no-brainer vego feed when you are not in the mood to attempt navigation of a meat-based restaurant menu.
Food was great, location - great, parking - great, service - poor!
Not sure if there was a communication/ cultural breakdown but the staff/service were lacking in friendliness and helpfulness.
I will visit again one day (everyone deserves a second chance) but definitely in no hurry.
Undecided on my overall experience really.
very happy with the food and the service was friendly and informative.
At last we have some RAW VEGAN dishes and cakes in Brisbane. Lets have some more especially on the north side.
I was quite impressed with Loving Hut on my first visit. I enjoyed my meal there, it was filling and very tasty. The menu was specific as it detailed what dishes were gluten-free and which ones contained onion. I agree with another reviewer about the posibility of MSG... I was unusually thirsty following my meal but overall I would return.
i have had take-away twice from here.
comparing Green Vegetarian Restaruant (1 min away) and here I find that this is a bit of a let down.
I believe from what I've eaten that food contains MSG... from after-taste and dry mouth.
Serving sizes are ok for price compared to green vegetarian (actually vegan)
and although there is a variety of choices to choose from there is not as many as expected from a vegan restaruant.
I was really surprised at the business model at this Loving Hut, its just a bunch of pictures on the wall and you can only order what is on a picture minus nuts or w/o gluten if the items is marked. I usually rely on Loving Huts to get a nice bowl of steamed veggies and rice, but alas all I could eat here was a steamed bowl of rice as they refused to prepare any vegetables w/o frying them in some manner. Its a nice place, but its just sad that they won't make a single healthy dish from all their menu items, their Vietnamese Spring Rolls were filled with fried tofu that wasn't listed in the description... Waste of a trip.
a must eat in place!!!!!
Great to go to a vegan restaurant. What a luxury to not have to think about what might be lurking in something a restaurant calls 'vegetarian'.
The vegan iced chocolate will have me driving across town again and again. The food is great too. Large servings. I have the loving wrap and it was great.
Interesting dishes, a great fusion of western and Asian cuisines. Healthy and junky all at once! Three words: vegan iced chocolate.
My first trip to a full vegan restaurant (but a vegan for over 2 years) I was so surprised and thankful for such a nice little place! Great atmosphere and setup. Catered well and meals came fairly quickly. I ordered the "loving wrap" (think bean curd wrapped scrambled tofu) with sauces and it was absaloutely delicious! really enjoyable! I also had a side of thai salad which had small diced tofu in it, and spices and sauces. Very spicy! Very diverse flavour but great nonetheless! they have daily specials and provide takeaway in biodegradable containers! I also had a peppermint tea whihc was well presented. I felt the staff still needed a little bit of time getting used to the customers and service but thats okay, the atmosphere and meal made up for it. Great prices and decent servings.
My friend and I went to Loving Hut (Mt. Gravatt, Brisbane) last night for dinner. We were very impressed! We were greeted warmly and given a run through the menu.
My friend and I shared some spring rolls to begin with - wow! Yummo. Very fresh, hot and tasty. When our mains came out we were really impressed with the size of the meals. I had the Beijing Black Bean with rice and my friend had the Golden Curry with rice. SO tasty. We each had a taste of each others meal and loved it. Neither of us got through the whole meal, so we asked for take away containers. Our waiter bought out BIODEGRADABLE take away containers, which were 50c each (bargain) and a great touch.
We were pretty full after our big meals but we were tempted by a freshly baked, still warm, apple cake and of course we agreed to a piece, to share. It was served with coconut cream, which was just lovely! That cake is worth a return trip alone!
I have to say I was very impressed with the set up - the menus were well displayed on the walls, and there was no overally obvious indication that it was a veg*an restaurant. The tvs were a great touch - not too in your face, the volume was low, and we didn't really pay to much attention to them. We were too busy talking.
Everything was clean and tidy, and the staff were very friendly. The prices were very reasonable. The mains averaged $9.90 and a piece of cake was $3.50. They have iced coffees and chocolates, coffees and other hot drinks, and non-alcoholic beverages. It would also be great for lunch with salads and sushi also available.
I'm not a vegetarian - but my wife & I decided to try this new Vegan restaurant instead of the steak restaurant that we usually frequent next door.
Pros: The food was excellent - and great value.
We had a '10 veg' mixture that was a special (but will soon be on the regular menu, we were told). $7.90, and it was a very large bowl.
We also tried the "Loving Wrap' ... essentially steamed vegies, beancurd 'omelette', and steamed rice. $8.90, and again, a substantial meal.
Cons: The restaurant is very new, so staff were still 'finding their way' ... for example, one of the meals was initially presented without an essential sauce. The manager noticed that and had it fixed before we'd had more than a mouthful, but ...
Also, the restaurant is run by followers of the Supreme Master - and SupremeMaster.tv programming is broadcast on three or 4 screens in the restaurant. That's not a great problem - but the TV volume was set for a packed room .. and was just a fraction too high given that there were only two couples in the restaurant.
Overall: we'll go again - to try a few other menu items. But next time we won't take any wine. The restaurant only serves non-alcoholic beverages, and is NOT byo.
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