Fast food

Offers an extensive selection of mixed Asian cuisines as well as a few western style items. Find Chinese dishes with mock meats and vegetables, rice and noodles, soups, Thai curry, dim sum, faux fish and chips, veggie burger and nuggets. Order a la carte, set menu, or choose buffet. Re-branded in 2017 - previously operated as Loving Hut & prior to that Mr. Man (same owner). Open Mon 16:00-21:30, Wed-Thu 16:00-21:30, Fri-Sun 12:00-21:30.

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54 Reviews

First Review by Frankie85


Points +494

13 Nov 2023

Hit and miss quality

Used to be a regular but the quality is very hit and miss these days. That and the prices have gone up a lot and are not justified by the quality.

Sometimes I love the food and others I regret buying it as it’s very bland and the sauce too watered down, ruining the taste.

The udon noodle soup is my go-to now. I have had much more luck with that dish than say veggie chicken in black bean sauce, which I used to buy a lot but not anymore after a few bad experiences.

Updated from previous review on 2023-11-13



Points +565

22 Jun 2023

The best Chinese food 💚

Love this place, everything I’ve tried is delicious and it’s definitely the best Chinese I’ve ever had. Highly recommend!


Points +2546

29 Mar 2023


Experience was amazing in every way.

Service, atmosphere, reasonably priced and most importantly amazing food with extremely generous portion sizes!


Points +140

18 Mar 2023

Nice food

I tried miso soup which was delicious and Hot Tofu, also nice. Restaurant setting is comfortable. I can recommend this place for sure.


Points +29

26 Nov 2022

Our favourite Chinese

The portions are large, don't over order! My favourite dish is the lamb hotpot. It's amazing. Lots of veg in all the dishes. It's not fancy and I definitely recommend it.

Pros: Great options - all vegan, Generous portions

Cons: None!


Points +92

05 Nov 2022

Tasty food

We’ve only ordered take out but it’s always so good, the not duck pancakes are great.


Points +68

29 May 2022

What a find!

We had an overnight stay in Borehamwood as a family minibreak and this was the closest option that popped up on the HC app. We felt very welcome here! All of the food is cooked fresh to order, nothing disappointed. There is a full vegan menu of around 8 pages! Never been so spoiled for choice. Everything was delicious and we will definitely return 💚

Pros: Wide variety of vegan foods, Welcoming environment , Fresh food cooked to order

Cons: Parking , No alcohol license


Points +17

Mostly Veg
08 Jan 2022

Amazing! So many options

The experience was great. Went with my partner and we enjoyed every single thing we ordered (he’s not normally vegan and is doing veganuary, but he still loved it) The portions are really generous, we ended up taking a lot away, but it’s great as now we have dinner for tomorrow

Pros: Sooo many options , Everything we had was delicious , I imagine even non-vegans would enjoy it


Points +33

15 Aug 2021

Great food

Excellent food and good range of dishes.


Points +1734

23 Jul 2021

Lovely food

Great food with lots of flavour and a decent price. Perfect for a sit down meal with company.


Points +20

02 Apr 2021

Zen Rocks! Can’t wait to return, until then takeaways it is!

Have always loved their food and the extensive options, it’s kept me coming back for over 20 years.

Pros: Tonnes of options , Consistent experience, Has been my go to place for decades!

Cons: Can get expensive unless you go for the buffet


Points +13

18 Jan 2021

Recommended for lunchtime buffet especially reasonable

When we lived in Barnet this place has a different name but though the name was changed the fabulous vegan food has not.

It's best value is for the lunchtime buffets which obviously are not possible currently but we went a year ish ago and had a great lunchtime meal..
I recommend this if you want to endure you have a Chinese type meal without fear of it having meat or its products in it.


Points +362

11 Jan 2021

Delicious food, LOADS of choice and fully vegan

I love eating at Zen Buddha and have ordered take away from there a couple of times.
I've written a review about them


Points +969

25 Oct 2020

Food always high quality

Been going here for over 20 years and always love it. Just wish I lived a little closer.

Pros: Food is so tasty. Can do gluten free no problem.

Cons: Pretty expensive


Points +22

23 Oct 2020

Great omg

I'm not used to having so much choice! It was great, even my non vegan fiancé liked it and said it tasted like the real thing. I'm definitely going to get some of my family to have some of this food.

Had the crispy duck pancakes, chicken and corn soup, and Kung po chicken with brown rice.

Pros: Everything is vegan, Just like a normal Chinese take out place

Cons: I haven't tried the whole menu yet, will update, Can be quite busy and thus slow


Points +84

07 Aug 2020

Good food & fully vegan menu 🌱🌱

Food is insane and LOVE that everything is vegan cause there’s so much variety unlike all other Chinese food places in the area, really recommend!!!! Service is on and off but food has been a life saver through lock down! Thank u zen Buddha 👌🏾

Pros: Totally vegan

Cons: Occasional bad service


Points +155

28 Apr 2020

Excellent steamed tofu in black bean sauce

My go to Chinese takeaway as i live in Edgware and I'm a big fan of their steamed tofu in black bean sauce (one of the better black bean sauces I've had!). Also enjoy their tempura broccoli too.

Slightly pricey though. Also run out of brown rice quite frequently which is annoying

Pros: Vegan Chinese food, Black bean sauce

Cons: Pricey, Occasionally run out of brown rice


Points +70

19 Feb 2020

Worth a visit

I've been here a couple times, once for the lunch buffet and once a la carte. The buffet was ok, good value but as with a lot of buffets - it wasn't very hot and it was quite small in comparison to others. A la carte was better, the char siew was amazing and I'd go back for that alone. Spicy mock chicken was also pretty good.

Pros: Lots of mock meat options

Cons: Some items are hit and miss, must experiment


Points +256

14 Feb 2020

Lots of Soy! How restaurants should be made

Great Vegan food, friendly staff and fast. Lots of soya.

Pros: Lots of Soy, vegan , friendly staff


Points +147

18 Jan 2020

Expensive(ish) but worthwhile Loving Hut 🥈

This is my local chinese takeaway which I have enjoyed over the years.

They offer buffet at lunch time and also stuff from the menu at lunch and dinner.

Overall the place is reliable, tasty depending on your preferences - you might have to try it afew times to find the items you really enjoy to eat, i recommend the "lamb" which is a very nice and hearty stew. Can't go wrong with those udon noodles! 😋🍜

Pros: Amazing variety of meat/fish alternatives, Nice buffet at lunch, Friendly environment

Cons: Can get a bit pricey off the menu


Points +89

27 May 2019

Amazing à la carte all-you-can-eat.

This is worth the voyage out to zone 5 (the station is accessible on the Northern line, but the restaurant isn’t - please buy a portable ramp!) It used to be run by a cult and I’m not sure if it still is or not... but on the flip side, it runs an amazing à la carte all-you-can-eat. For the princely sum of around £18 (which is a lot but not for what you can end up eating), you can order two dishes at a time and have them brought to you endlessly. I love it. A lot of very fried food and great meat alternatives.

Pros: À la carte all-you-can-eat, Lots of great meat alternatives, Vegan dim sum!

Cons: May still be run by a cult? Unsure!, No wheelchair access - buy a ramp!, Very deep-fried


Points +40

29 Apr 2019

Really good classic Chinese food.

I’d normally go there when in a rush and need to grab something on my way so the buffet take away menu is the best option around. There aren’t many 100% vegan places in the area so I am really thankful for this one. I’ve never tried any “proper” meal from the menu but I’d love to go there for the dim sum one day since I’ve heard many good things about it. It’s a good place if you’re new to veganism/vegetarianism and need it get your “meat” fix since they serve a variety of vegan “meats”. Even my father who is a committed meat eater said their “beef” tasted really authentic.

Pros: Affordable , Buffet , Variety


Points +48

23 Sep 2018

Hey, this place is great!

The staff are friendly and the food is SOOOO TASTY! - BEST Chinese in London for me - The food is not “THAT” oily by the way - paid £10.99 for the Sunday lunch buffet and what a treat, worth every penny!

Pros: So many different tasty dishes!, Friendly staff, Worth every penny


Points +28

26 Aug 2018

Great choice

Really enjoyed my take away from Zen Buddha, is a little bit expensive but good portion sizes and loved all the options - very tasty!


Points +64

20 Jan 2018

Delicious food, okay service

So many great options at this restaurant! Extensive menu that offers a variety of items. Not the most authentic place (no chopsticks) but very family friendly. Doesn't get the fifth star because service was slow and one of the servers was quite rude.

Pros: Lots of options

Cons: Slow service


Points +42

02 Sep 2017

great to have vegan options but junk

It was great to find a vegan restaurant with posters stating the benefits of veganism. I was excited but the food is VERY oily!! we ordered vegan chicken burgers and.chips and nuggets..If you are looking vegan junk food this is the place for you.

Pros: all vegan and encourages veganism, reasonably priced

Cons: oil


Points +349

02 Aug 2017

Delicious Food, Lacking Service

The food and options here are lovely - not even just standard Asian vegan either. The buffet is fantastic, especially as a cheap, filling lunch.

Loving Hut is let down by it's customer service, which is rushed at best and frequently useless.

Still, as long as you don't mind the lack of service, this is a great place to eat vegan and I return frequently with appropriate expectations.

Pros: taste, choice, variety

Cons: service, buffet often low

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