Cheap, filling and friendly.
Posted on 02 / 09 / 2010
At loving hut, you can be sure of a friendly welcome (had an in-depth chat with the server about animal rights, veganism etc) and good food.
The fayre at present is of the chinese vegan buffets type, but also includes vegan "beef" and "fish" burgers. Both of these are prepared freshly on request and served on a soft grilled bun with salads and condiments. The beef-style one I had was delightful - not greasy or heavy, and with a lovely grilled taste.
The buffet food, whilst a little lukewarm, was also quite nice. The dishes, prepared by the people from Peking Palace (also part of the supreme master network), were msg-free and varied from black bean soya chunks to sweet & sour vegetables and more. Boiled or veg-fried rice were available.
Also available were a selection of drinks (coke, diet coke, ginger beer, orange juice, red berry juice, supermalt) and a few cakes. We tried the chocolate cake and walnut cake. whilst a little dry and crumbly (I think that if cake is to be kept in the chiller, it should be covered to keep moist), both were very flavourful.
The chap serving me said that tofu cheesecake and more will be available soon, and that the current savoury food will be expanded to have a "full menu". I assume that this means the kind of Loving Hut menu available in the usa (chicken nuggets, stir fries, hot & sour soup etc), and would be greatly welcomed.
Finally, I thought the "pay what you like" system is very honourable one. We shared 3 plates of buffet food, one burger, 2 slices of cake, 2 drinks and 2 cakes to take home, and our offer of Â£15 was rejected for being too high! she gave me Â£8 change from Â£20, leaving the total for all of that at Â£12!
I definitely would go back, and would encourage others to - even if only for a marvellous burger.
Great burger, cheap as you like, Friendly
slightly dry cake, Coca cola (maybe try organic?)