Loving Hut

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 30 reviews )
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Calle Manuel Espinosa Batista Edificio Cali (at Planta Baja Al lado de los estacionamientos de la Unive), Panama City, Panama

Part of the fast growing international chain of vegan restaurants opened by followers of Supreme Master Ching Hai, an advocate for veg living. Each location is individual family owned and operated. Serves all vegan food, coffee, non-alcoholic beverages, and vegan dessert. Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-9:00pm, Sat 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Take-out, Asian, Vietnamese

30 Reviews

First Review by diego2003

cheap eats, good taste - Edit

Dollar for dollar the best value food we’ve eaten, extremely inexpensive & a ton of food. I don’t really like mushrooms, but it was actually my favourite meal here. We ate here regularly & they would change items from time to time. It’s vegan Chinese food buffet style. Not like our favourite food, but I give a good review because of the value

Personally didn’t like the juice options here, tasted too fake for my liking

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ok - Edit

food did not look appetizing at all, soggy, few portions, only buffet when i arrived.

Pros: cheap, quick

Cons: not good, only buffet, every loving hut is disappointing

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Bueno si estudias en la U de Panamá y eres vegano. - Edit

Buen precio y diversidad.

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Cheap but overcooked - Edit

Had a huge plate of nice tasting food here in the vegan food desert that is Panama. Very cheap, but as I arrived late in the afternoon the food was cold and most veggies were flacid and overcoocked.
If they kept their eye on the ball here with regards to keeping their buffet fresh and up tempature (and did something about the horrible hospital style decor) it could be a wonderfull place to eat.

Pros: Cheap, Big portions, Tasty

Cons: Food was not warm, Overcooked

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delicious vegan cheeseburger - Edit

We ordered off the menu as the buffet choices did not seem too appetizing around 4:30 pm when we got there. Cheeseburger was very tasty and the take away portions were huge. Ambience is non existing. Service was ok, no napkins served with meal and staff was sweeping and changing chairs around us as we ate. Otherwise a good choice for budget quick eats.

Pros: price, tasty , generous portions

Cons: lack of a ambiance

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great food great price - Edit

Everything is good

Pros: all vegan options, inexpensive

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Delicious vegan asian food - Edit

I ordered only from the buffet (noodles, seitan, vegan chicken, and brocolli) and haven't tried the menu, but it was sooo good.
Also, the tiramisu as a dessert was delicious.
If you want to eat asian food in panama, loving hut is the place to go.
The server was really sweet and could speak english. And it's also quite cheap! The buffet plate + tiramisu came out only 7 dollars.

Pros: Cheap, The server speaks english

Cons: The interior can be a bit more fancier

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Amazing - Edit

Absolutely delicious vegan food! Lots of choice in the buffet. Delicious vegan desserts. Has wifi. Highly recommended!

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So much variety! - Edit

This place is a gem! There are so many dishes to chose from - stir fries, steamed veggies/greens, stews, baked dishes, deep fried, every portion cost $1.5. My boyfriend loves mock meat and he wasn't disappointed - caramel 'pork' and sweet and sour 'chicken' were 5/5!

Pros: Amazing variety of dishes, Some classic Chinese dish available , Cheap

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Low Budget Vegan Food - Edit

This a great place to stop by if you are looking for some low cost vegan food.

It's cafeteria style serving allows you to see everything they have available when you walk up to order. You can mix and match your plate however you like.

Apart from that, you can order from a menu although I've never ordered from it.

Pros: Everything is vegan, About $1.25 a serving (if i remember correctly)

Cons: Sometimes food from the buffet is a bit cold , Not enough parking spots

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Good and cheap - Edit

This place is great if you are on a tight budget and want to eat vegan. The food us buffet style but they also have a menu with soups, dishes, hamburgers and sometimes pizza. It's one of the 1st vegan restaurants in Panama and one of my faves when I need to get something fast and on the get-go. :)

Pros: Cheap, Fast Food and Buffet options, Friendly

Cons: Sometimes buffet food is cold

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caterpillars - Edit

Many incidents of caterpillars in the veggies. Scary.

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Good Location Close to Downtown - Edit

I was there for one hour and I was the only one there besides the owner and the help. It seems that there is little business, I wouldn't be surprised if they close eventually. I had to ask about several juices and dishes before the had the ingredients to actually make what was on the menu. Eventually I ordered a juice and the fake fish sandwich with the fried plantain option instead of French fries. The dish eventually (slow) came out with fries not patacones and the sandwich was nothing like fish. If I were to guess I'd say they just cooked eggplant and called it fish. I love Loving Hut and I want he ooooh support their chain but this one sucked big time. Also, there was something with honey on the menu. It wasn't clear if it's fake honey or if they just own a vegan restaurant but don't know what vegan means. Weird place.

Pros: Big menu but can't make most of it

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First Vegan Meal in Panama - Edit

The restaurant was almost empty. The food was cold. One woman spoke some English as we don't speak Spanish. Price was reasonable, $1.50 per item.

Cons: Food was cold.

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Delicious and best vegan Panamanian food - Edit

Here you can get asian food, fast food (burguers, tacos etc) and panamanian vegan food. To eat panamanian food this is the right place. The taste is delicious, I really like the sancocho, the shrimp dish and the sweet and sour meat. There are good desserts also like the chocolate cake and tiramizu. You can choose food from the buffet or you can order something from the menu and they cook it right away. The serving size is really big and it is cheap for the amount you're getting. About $6 it's more than enough, sometimes $4.50 will do well also.

Pros: Great food, Good to try panamanian dishes, Good location

Cons: Closed on sundays

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Quick and Filling - Edit

Friendly service and filling vegan food for a cheap price. My partner and I paid $12.50 total and each got three buffet selections and fresh juice. Many of the options were vegan versions of Chinese food, but I also had a delicious basil salad that was very fresh. Overall we were really happy. No, it's not a fancy place, but the price-value differential is high. Would definitely go again.

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Tasty-ish and good-ish - Edit

I liked it. But i never figured out why it costs here $1.50 per scoop, when around the corner in El Jardin Vegetariana it costs $0.70. To me it seems that they were serving a bit better food but not twice better.

The place is nevertheless better, much more calmer and spacious. So perhaps the extra $0.80 per scoop are reasonable. But im not completely convinced.

However, i would eat there again.

Pros: quality is good enough

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Good and tasty - Edit

Loving Hut is a well known vegan chain. I tried it in different countries, and Loving Hut Panana is one of the best I went to. Food is good and tasty, nothing to complain about it. Of course, there's a lot of mock meat and fish, which is not the healthiest option in the world, but you have a large choice of 100% vegan food in a country which is not vegan-friendly. The vegan burger was excellent, recommended. The place could be nicer and service is very poor.

Pros: good and tasty food, large choice

Cons: poor service

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Good basic food - Edit

As of June 2015, each item you choose costs $1.25, so it's a good deal. You can buy juice or another type of drink, or water and tea are free at the little table. It's nice to be able to see what you are ordering from the steam table. Not haute cuisine, but it's ok. Even though it's a vegetarian restaurant, there were almost no vegetables of color (no carrots, broccoli, etc.). Everything looked bland except for the green salad.

Pros: Location, Price

Cons: Lack of color; everything bland looking

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Good and cheap - Edit

If you're looking for a place to eat vegan without worrying about what you can and can't eat, then I suggest Lovin Hut.
Many of the items are very greasy, so be careful if you don't consume oils.
So far I love the soy shrimps, sweet and sour soy meat, something that's soy based and tastes like turkey (no idea of its name), the noodles and they always have steamed pak choy and fresh juice, which I love about this place.
It's ideal to eat there if you're in a hurry cause everything is served buffet style, but it's not a place where I'd eat every day, mostly cause they tend to serve almost the same items daily and it's really calorie dense.
Overall good food for a reasonable price (portion).

Pros: Cheap, Buffet style, Everything's vegan

Cons: greasy and oily, repetitive food items

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Okay, but could be better . . . - Edit

We were there around 8 p.m. and the food quality was just so-so, ditto for the ambiance.

While the staff was quite helpful, the decor is a little rough. I guess I've been spoiled by the much better impression left by other Loving Huts in the US, but this one has potential

Pros: Location seems well traveled, Menu variety, Cruelty-free food!

Cons: dingy, desserts weren't moist, food not as fresh as in US locations

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Yum! - Edit

This place was great and $7 for all you wanted anf $1 for their desserts!! Happy vegan here :)

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best vegan option in panama city - Edit

i rarely go to loving hut restaurants. i usually reserve them as last resort options, but this loving hut was one of the better ones i've experienced. the servings were huge, and the prices were fair. the staff was friendly as well.

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nice food, good value - Edit

large selection of vegan items on a buffet, fresh juices... part of world-wide chain which all have different menus ... some of the items we tried were very tasty and others just average.. but none the less after eating just beans and rice in most restaurant, it was very nice to have such a selection of fresh vegan food ..

Pros: nice selection , tasty

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Excellent vegan food at bargain prices - Edit

Excellent vegan food at bargain prices. Normally one should beware of multi-cuisine restaurants which do nothing well, but not the case at Loving Hut. The Chinese food was very tasty, but so were the veggie burgers. We've had good experiences at Loving Huts around the world and this was no exception. Portions were generous - our family of four ate for about $20 - and conveniently located in El Cangrejo. A strong candidate for best choice for vegetarians in Panama City!

Pros: Food quality, Prices

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THE vegan place to go in Panama City - Edit

Went here yesterday and loved it. Dario was so nice and helpful and friendly.

I ate Ginger Noodles (with green onions and seitan), ensalada mixta, sopa panameña, jugo de papaya con leche de coco, flan, y tiramisu. All vegan. All delicious.

I have to tell you that I disagree with the pricing on this listing. All of that for two people (plus a bottle of water) cost $16.50. Pretty cheap.

Don't go to El Jardin Vegetariano down the street. If youre staying in Panama City for a while, just keep going to Loving Hut. It's worth it. There are also a couple of places a $3 taxi cab away in Casco Antiguo that have vegan items on their menu (Cafe Los Del Patio, a place beside Luna's Castle Hostel that starts with a P..., etc.).

Pros: Delicious Food, Good menu variety, Good prices

Cons: none

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Delighful meals at Loving Hut - Edit

As a vegetarian now living in Panama city, Central American I am delighted to find excellent food and service at Loving Hut. Friends invited me and it was a happy surprize. We now eat there regularly before going out to movies or after meetings in the city. They have great salads, hot meals with a good variety of tofu and other like veggie dishes. Our pilot friend said he was completely unaware of vegetarian restaurants, he thought I was the only odd ball around - and he ordered the burger and said it was delicious and most surprizingly so. The gentle presence and helpfulness of the staff encourages us to return too.

Pros: Excellent food, Excellent value, loving staff

Cons: can't think of any so far

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