Loving Hut - Titikaka

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 11 reviews )

Choque Huanca 188, Puno, Peru, 0033

Vegan eatery behind the closed coliceo on Lake Titicaca. Previously operated as Sol Salud-Super Vegan, now it's part of the international chain of vegan restaurants inspired by Supreme Master Ching Hai, and advocate for veg living. Each location is individual family owned and operated. Also sells some vegan food stuff. Open Mon-Sat 8:00am-6:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Juice bar, Delivery, Take-out, Asian, Peruvian

Reviews (11)

First Review by domingoflamingo

unexpected - Edit

as the title suggests, we were not expecting to find such a place with so much choice in out of the way Puno...hard enough finding a good veggie place in Lima!...the people there were very welcoming and the food was special...we would of stayed longer in Puno just to try more of their menu..I'm a professional cook so very fussy in general..loved what I ate there though!

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Great find in Puno - Edit

We had a very good dinner, my friend had the salteado with rice and I had the Vegan Ceviche with Chaufa (fried rice). Both were excellent! we also had fresh juices and a guacamole entrada, also excellente

Pros: All vegan and serious

Cons: closes at 6 pm

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loved it! - Edit

Great choice and healthy options, we really enjoyed it! ?

Pros: good choice, friendly staff, good position, , good price and great portions

Cons: check opening times when I went there was 11.30 am

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Only full vegan place in Puno - Edit

We visited Puno for a day and glad we found a Loving Hut. We visited one in Madrid and you can't go wrong. We ordered an appetizer - fried seitan and guacamole- and the Andean BBQ and another Peruvian dish with vegan sausage and cheese. The BBQ was amazing. They have a set menu for lunch that's four courses. We were the only tourists in the place. The owner was friendly and speaks English.

Pros: All vegan, Variety of options

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Very nice - Edit

At lunch time this place was packed, and all with locals - we were the only tourists. I guess the people of Puno don't mind cheap, tasty vegan food. The menu was a bargain and was still tasty. The proprietor spoke good English and she was really friendly. We wanted to come back the day after and try some stuff à la carte but all of town was suddenly closed on a Wednesday...

Pros: Cheap, Solid, nutricious food, Vegan versions of traditional Peruvian food availa

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The vegan hot spot in Puno - Edit

The only one vegan restaurant in Puno. It was at midday, they served us an almuerzo that we could choose between several plates. I chose the vegan ceviche, more the included starter and the desserts. Few interesting drinks (coffee, mate... no juices/smoothies). The food was really tasty and the amount of served food was enough. I appreciated the generous cake and pie choices !

Pros: 100% vegan, desserts, localization

Cons: sometimes crowded, lack of drink choices

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Dinner service was a scam! - Edit

Contrary to the other reviewers’ seemingly great experiences, ours was a bitter one. Granted, the food was okay and the place was clean. Everyone commented on how nice the manager was. We thought so as well until we got the check which turned out to be a total ripoff.

We got here at around 5:30 for an early dinner, just to find them cleaning up getting ready to close. A man I assume was the manager came out and said they were wiped out of food from a busy lunch session earlier. Still, he assured us he could rustle up something. We asked for the menu but were told there was none. Anyway, we went with it, not having a single moment of doubt. I mean, how expensive can a meal be in a Loving Hut? Let alone one in Puno in Peru? We were so wrong.

After some wait, he brought out two bowls of soup noodles (the instant kind), a plate of veggie saltado, and a platter of papa a la Huancaína. Very basic stuff. We also ordered a carrot juice, dessert, and some snacks to go. The total came to a whopping 144 soles! That’s US$50! (He simply told us the amount. No receipt or anything.) That was crazy expensive by Peruvian standards, but we just paid and left. It was after we went back to the hotel that we realized how ridiculous it was that we returned to confront him.

When questioned about the bill, he showed us a little memo that he scribbled on:

Soups - 14
Juice - 7
Two main plates - 25 each
Cakes - 7
Snacks - 20

The main plates were way overpriced for what they were; the rest were fair. But then there was another 20 on the paper that, according to him, was an additional charge for the “great lengths” that the kitchen to serve us. What a crock! Well, he should’ve been upfront about it from the get-go, but he mentioned nothing. Heck, say I gave him that, the total should be 118, nowhere near 144. Apologizing, he said he must have “somehow” doubled the surcharge. Even so, it should’ve been 138. What about the other 6 soles? He was so FOS and couldn’t even justify his own math. In the end, we managed to get the 26 soles back, gave up on the surcharge and the overpriced items, and left.

This dinner ended up being—unrightfully so—the priciest meal we had during our two weeks in Peru. Insane, I know. It wasn’t so much about the miscalculations (maybe math just wasn’t his thing) as it was about the arbitrary charge that he added to our bill. There was another couple dining there that evening, and the manager casually told us he charged them the same. I felt bad for them.

1 Response

LovingHutTitikaka 25 Jan 2015 - Dear Sir,
It was good that you enjoy eat our food.
I talk with everybody about this day, and this is our version:
We serve for 2 people....
2 soups and 1 fruit juice = $10 USD
1 peruvian chinese main dish large = $10 USD
1 peruvian traditional main dish large = $10 USD
5 cookies to go and 1 cake = $10 USD
For extra personal and food, and extra time (you finish 7:00 pm) = +10%

We work quickly to serve you with 4 people.
We was slow down and tired.
We give you our recipes.
Please sorry again and we will take care in future time.
Continue vegan please.
Luz Rocio
General Manager

Estimado Señor,
Fue bueno que le guste comer nuestra comida.
Yo hable con todo el mundo acerca de este día, y esta es nuestra versión:
Servimos para 2 personas...
2 sopas y 1 jugo de frutas = $10 USD
1 plato peruano-chino grande = $10 USD
1 plato peruano-tradicional grande = $10 USD
5 galletas para llevar y 1 torta = $10 USD
Por el tiempo del personal y la comida, y el tiempo extra (usted termino a las 19:00hrs) = +10%

Trabajamos rápidamente para servirle con 4 personas.
Estábamos lentos y cansados.
Le dimos nuestras recetas.
Por favor, lo siento de nuevo y nosotros nos ocuparemos en el futuro.
Continue vegano por favor.
Luz Rocio
Gerente General  

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Among the best! - Edit

I have been to this restaurant many times on my different visits to Puno. It's truly a wonderful place, great food in huge portions for low prices, amazing staff and owner. It's a very clean and refreshing restaurant, one of the only places in Peru I completely trust for hygiene--even for the salad.

The menu of the day (12/S)changes everyday, and includes a salad, soup, a choice of three main courses (or a combination), and dessert. Also available are specialty vegan cakes and baked goods at the front counter as well as a large array of health food products and vegan food. They've also expanded recently, but the restaurant is usually quite full, which prevents that 'empty restaurant' feeling.

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, I've been here more times than I can count both with family and friends and we still talk about it. The owner, Oscar, is also wonderful and really takes pride in his establishment and the community, which shows. You can often buy items to support local causes such as rehabilitating stray dogs here.

One of the top attractions in Puno!

Pros: Everything, Best food in the Altiplano, Scrupulously clean

Cons: None

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Excellent Set Menu - Edit

This restaurant provides a delicious menu of the day. I had a big bowl of soup, a Bolivian stew, a small desert and a drink all for 12 sols. We were too full after all that to try the cakes, but purchased some chocolatey snacks for later in the day. The owner is very friendly and speaks very good English. We only discovered this restaurant on our last day in Puno so we sadly couldn't go back again for more!

Pros: Delicious, Friendly, Clean

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LovingHutTitikaka 27 Dec 2013 - Thanks for your visit Emily, continue vegan please... X-mas and Happy New Vegan Year 2014...  

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cheap and really good food! - Edit

Came here for lunch and got a soup, salad, main dish and dessert for 10 soles! We were so full! The soup was really good and had black potatoes in it which I've never had in my life. For the salad it's cafeteria style, you can help yourself to it, they had an avocado dressing that was really tasty. The day we came, for the main mail, we had a bean dish with brown rice that was very tasty. Not exactly sure what dessert was..but in addition, my friend and I both got a slice of the quinoa cake which was amazing!!!!

They also sell these quinoa chocolate bars that are delicious! We came the night before and bought one each, and when we came back for lunch, I had to buy a whole pack!

The menu is small and changes every day, there isn't much to choose from,that is the only downside.

The manager Oscar is so friendly and helpful!

I definitely recommend coming here if you're in Puno!

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LovingHutTitikaka 21 Dec 2013 - Thanks for your visit aisawesome, we will try to be better and better, with more plates in 2014. Please visit any LovingHut.com close to you. Continue vegan!!! We really love you. :)  

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Really good vegan food! - Edit

We went to all the vegetarian places in Puno that's listed here on happy cow. This place was the best. Nice staf, and the food tasted great! When I'm back in Puno this is the place i will eat lunch every day!

PS: The owners are friends with the people that runs Flashback, and we went there as well. Amazing vegetarian burgers!

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LovingHutTitikaka 21 Dec 2013 - Thanks domingoflamingo. We win as a better place with a healthy food in puno. Try vegan please. We love you. :)  

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