Loving Hut - Amoy Plaza

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 13 reviews )

245 Amoy Plaza Phase 2, 77 Ngau Tau Kok Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Veggie food restaurant. Has set lunch with coffee or tea. Comfortable space. Previously named Buddha Hut, and now part of international chain of vegan restaurants opened by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, an advocate for vegetarian living. Open Mon 11:30am-10:00pm, Wed-Sun 11:30am-10:00pm. Open Tue if it is the 1st or 15th day of the lunar month or a public holiday.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, International, Fast food, Take-out

13 Reviews

First Review by vegcipe

Tasty - Edit

Great people, great food. It’s “fast food” style. Tricky to find. It’s not inside the mall, it’s on a little street behind the McDonald’s and Ringer Hut.

Pros: lots of options , inexpensive

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Great Joint - Edit

The place wasn't very easy to find, but I am glad we did. The staff were very friendly. They offered us an english menu the second we walked in. The place is cafeteria style. You order your food and they call your number. The food came fast. The portions were a little smaller than I was expecting, but it matched the price.

Pros: yummy

Cons: small portions. hard to find.

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Once you figure out how to order, delicious! - Edit

I am a huge Loving Hut fan. This one is delicious of course, but a little more complicated than the others I’ve been to. You order at a cashier first. The menu board is only in Chinese, but they have an English menu. Ask the cashier for a copy. They accept cash and Octopus Card, but no credit cards.

After ordering, you give your slip of paper to another counter. Behind that counter they prepare your food and hand it over to you when it’s ready. The staff spoke plenty of English to get us through this process.

I also found it a bit hard to find. It’s in Amoy Plaza, which, as you may have guessed, is a mall. There are indoor and outdoor sections of the mall, Loving Hut is in the outdoor part. I also had a tough time figuring out how to walk over from the Kowloon Bay stop. There really isn’t a direct route on a road, so map websites might not be the biggest help. There are signs in the station for Amoy Plaza, but these will only take you so far. We ended up walking on a pedestrian exercise track to cut through the residences that lie between the station and the mall. So look for that and join your fellow walkers and joggers for a moment before eating delicious Loving Hut.

If you’re used to Supreme Master TV being shown on regular sized TV screen, you’re in luck, this one has a projector for big screen Supreme Master TV! So Supreme Master points for that. If you think you won’t like something called Supreme Master TV, find a seat facing away. Personally, I think Supreme Master TV is a fun quirk of Loving Hut, but I know some people are annoyed by it.

Pros: Delicious, duh, it's Loving Hut

Cons: Confusing to find and order

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My favourite restaurant - Edit

I love coming here every time I'm in HK. Seriously can't wait to get tucked into one of their cheap and filling and sooooo delicious meals. I love the choices. I love how it looks like one of those fast food places in HK where prices are low BUT instead it is all vegan and all delicious. The place is always packed and I love the fact so many people are eating good vegan food together. My favourite meals are the curry rice, and the oh so good vegan cakes...black forest is sooo creamy!

Pros: Great variety, Delicious food, Cheap

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Canteen-style eatery - Edit

The food comes in a set-meal style with a main dish with veg, rice, water and a drink. Loving Hut is extremely affordable and the food is absolutely delicious. I'm not a fan of the desserts as much, they're a bit bland and taste a bit off. Also, because it's more of a canteen, I would not recommend this place for socialising/gatherings. Nevertheless, perfect if you want cheap, healthy and tasty vegan food.

Pros: Food was delicious, Large ish portions for a low price, Good selection of meals

Cons: Some dishes are out of stock, Canteen style can detract from the experience, Servery staff were a little grumpy

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vegan fast-food in kowloon bay - Edit

loving hut in amoy plaza is literally miles away from the one in wanchai.

for one, prices are happily way cheaper, with a simpler menu catering more towards solo diners. the dinner menu features about 12 main set meals (which come with rice and a drink), all priced within hkd42-48. other options include a variety of noodles (hkd30-37), spaghetti, laksa, and snacks like dumplings, satay and fried seaweed. a burger is hkd22 and a subway sandwich hkd25.

menu (with no prices):

the branch in wanchai is more brightly lit (dim yellow lighting is used here) and has a more chill-out vibe to it. staff there also seem less harried, perhaps because customers don't mill about the cafeteria counter waiting to whisk off their trays.

the way counter staff worked here reminded me of the production lines of hk fast-food eateries such as cafe de coral or fairwood: plonk, plonk, plonk, stare at receipt, realise there's a mistake, shuffle dishes, plonk, plonk, plonk. there was a slight raising of temperatures and voices between a staff member and customer over the former's alleged brusque response to his request, which kind of detracted from loving hut's "be vegan, make peace" motto.

that said, jeffrey the cashier was friendly and offered recommendations when i asked which were the most popular dishes. i went with one of his suggestions of "fragrant minced bean curd wrap in chinese toon sauce with rice" (香椿芙蓉包飯) (hkd44, includes a hot drink). i enjoyed it thoroughly and the portion size was ideal for one.

if you're used to the procedure in loving hut wanchai, the menu on the wall here has no english, but there's a bilingual menu in a plastic folder on a portable stand just outside the entrance. after ordering, you will have to present your receipt to cafeteria counter staff to the left of the cashier and wait till they call your number.

i reached there close to 9.30 pm (closing time is 10 pm) on saturday and it was still well occupied. it's evidently a popular place, and understandably why. i will definitely return if i'm in the area.

sit by the left/right sides if you want to avoid face-to-face contact with the two tv screens. they're silent, in any case.
Updated from previous review on Saturday September 19, 2015

Pros: value-for-money, enjoyable food, opens till 10 pm, accepts payment by octopus

Cons: service akin to that of a fast-food eatery

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Loving Hut - Amoy Plaza, Hong Kong - Edit

I stopped in here yesterday briefly just to have a break and to get some liquid into me. What a place.

Anyone who has been to a branch of Loving Hut anywhere before will have an idea of the basics. It's all vegan, order at the counter, food is provided pretty quickly and it's tasty stuff at a reasonable price. For my part yesterday I just ordered a soup (pumpkin) and it was very pleasant. Also good value at 13 hkd.

Other observations. 1stly this place is busy. I'm told it's been in business for 9 years. It's quite a big restaurant and while it wasn't full, there was a lot of people in there. Thus was around 3 pm on a Saturday afternoon and they were doing a roaring trade. The people who served me were nice and with my Cantonese still being very poor, it never does any harm when there's someone working there who speaks English. This place has that as an English menu.

The only thing I personally don't like is the big tv screen. There was stuff being shown (with sub titles in 21 languages no less) of what seemed to be some sort of religious or philosophical moralising. It was all a bit happy clappy and smiley and appeared like many other films with religious propaganda I've seen in the west (i.e. very carefully stage managed and choreograohed with edits done in such a way as what seemed to be to present an aura around someone). I've just described this to someone verbally with me just now who asked if this place is about offering great food or is it some kind of religious cult? I can understand why. Some people may like this kind of thing of course and that's entirely up to them. Therer are other though likely to find this a little off putting.

They now also have a health food shop and bakery next door that's been running for 4 years.

Pros: 100% vegan, Tasty food at reasonable prices

Cons: TV screen can make it seem like a cult

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Best place to eat in HK for a vegan - Edit

Friendly dedicated staff plus a big range of foods to choose from~ not costly at all compared to overseas...I ate 6 times out of the 30 days I was here on a visit. I really like the selection of cakes, especially the coffee chestnut one. The marinated tofu is so awesome too. I miss this place so much!

Pros: Large range of yummy food esp. cake, Friendly staff, Inexpensive

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You meet lovely people in vego restaurants! - Edit

I had lunch here really enjoyed the meal. I had bbq pork/tofu skin with rice and vegies ($32), I paid an extra $4 for chinese style soup. Apparently if you choose to pay for the extra item (soup or more expensive drink) you no longer get the free item (a tea or coffee style drink), also if you go for the soup, you will have a choice of a chinese style one (nice) or another type. A lovely English speaking customer helped me out here! No big deal, just hope to make your ordering a bit easier,as my Cantonese is non existent and the staff spoke little English. The English menu is pretty good though.

The meal itself was really nice and great value. This is related to the Loving Hut chain of vegan restaurants around the world. There is a telly playing their spiritual tv broadcasts in all restaurants, which is actually pretty interesting and nice if you are a lone diner. If tv isn't your thing over a meal, you can sit away from it and the volume isn't overpowering.

To get there, follow the Amoy Plaza signs in Kowloon BAY station (DON'T confuse this with Kowloon Station!!!-this one is on the green line about halfway along). Once you come down onto the street, sort of veer right and this will take you past some small stalls and under a highway
flyover. The street you come to is Ngau Tau Kok, walk along it to the right for about 6 mins, into the second Amoy Plaza entrance and you will find Buddha Hut directly behind McDon'tEat.

Pros: english menu, the tv show!

Cons: make sure u get right MTR station!

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Decent vegetarian "fast-food" restaurant - Edit

Had dinner here once only although I live just a few blocks away. Food was quite tasty and refreshing, not bad at all for the price, but personally I am not a big fan of mock-meat and fast food. That said, I would not mind visiting again when I feel too lazy to cook.

Pros: cheap, good for quick meals

Cons: mock-meat, fastfoody

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Nice modern restaurant - Edit

Very nice, clean and modern vegetarian. Reasonable prices, large menu for selection. Chinese, but English menu available on request. Had the Vegetarian Laksa: Yummy !

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A place to relax & enjoy - franchiseable... - Edit

Yesterday Shara, who runs the Facebook Hong Kong Vegan Group - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=30063158225 - invited me to visit Buddha Hut for the first time - we will post photo's soon!

If you are thinking of "franchising vegan' this is an ideal business to study!

Owned & run by friends of Suma Ching Hai.

Truly vegan - every single item on the menu - impeccably clean - happy & friendly staff - a great blend of healthy food & comfort food - wonderful atmosphere - full of families / students / groups of friends - none of the loud talking that you find in some Cantonese Veggy restaurants ......wow......how did I miss Buddha Hut for so long - I will visit it very regularly from now onwards.

English menu available.

Some English spoken.

On the 2 Lunar Veggie Days each month it is packed out. There is no system of table reservations so expect a long wait to get seated on these days.

Note - the food is not gourmet - but it is very satisfying.

Buddha Hut does not have bathrooms - there are clean public bathrooms in the block behind it - at the Wellcome Supermarket.

Landmark - the Amoy Plaza HSBC branch - Buddha Hut is almost directly opposite it.

Nearest MTR station - Kowloon Bay - 10 minutes walk.

Great wheelchair access - physically challenged customers are made most welcome.

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Buddha Hut - Edit

Great choices, Maxim-style service, good desserts, generous portions, very clean

Pros: Fairly priced, Many choices, Good soup!

Cons: Nothing!

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