I bring my lunch to work nearly every day, so I've got to think outside the box on the one day of the week I when "dine out" for lunch. Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. Our trio headed to the Fletcher Ave. location, not really knowing what to expect... but overall we were pleasantly surprised with the dishes we ordered. Here are some photos of what we sampled:
Pad Thai. This noodle dish featured "tofu and soy protein." Reading the menu, I thought, "Aren't those one and the same?" No, my carnivorous friends, they are not. The protein substance was basically tofu-like chunks that tasted like, and had the texture of, chicken. I eat
Singapore Noodles. The highlights of this dish were its lovely curry flavor and the fact that it had plentiful veggies. In this photo, maybe they are kind of hiding under the mound of noodles... I swear, they were in there. Even though it was a noodle dish and heavy on the starches, it tasted fresh and light.
Sambal Eggplant. Spicy and delicious! I like using sambal chili sauce as a condiment at home. I never thought of mixing a huge scoop into tomatoes to make a sauce..until now. I would definitely order this again. Everything tastes very fresh at The Loving Hut,and we were told they use all natural ingredients, and never anything frozen.
Summer Rolls. These were palatable, but not insanely good. I had one and it didn't leave me pining for another. In the middle was a crunchy fried veggie bit that I did not expect or really appreciate. Not the best summer rolls ever, but again, not bad.
At this lunch, we all ordered a little bit of everything so we could share, and I think that's your best bet at this place. Small tastes of all the different dishes combined made for a great meal, but we all agreed the sole dish here that could proudly stand on its own was the pad thai. So if you go, take a handful of adventurous foodie friends.
We liked The Loving Hut's offerings, in spite of the strange TV show playing, that appeared to be cult-like group campfire singing on a nature commune. And despite the vegan lifestyle propaganda posters hanging on the wall. Incidentally, did you know Mike Tyson was vegan?! (Nor did I.)
They have vegan smoothies on the menu (with kale!) so I will be back to try one of those. They also had some vegan grocery items at the counter, for those who are looking to adopt a lifestyle free of animal byproducts. Don't be afraid to branch out try a vegan meal. It was an interesting experience. If you want to decide what to have before you go, you're in luck. The menu has pictures. And some of the items have pretty amusing names. (See: "Passionate Fries" and "Dream of Ocean." What?!) I'm not going 100% plant-based anytime soon, but I'm glad I tried this place.
Have you been to The Loving Hut? Cooked a vegan meal? Tell me about it in the comments.