i've heard about loving hut before, and i read the recent article in VegNews, but i've never actually had a chance to try the infamous cult food. when i learned that there was a loving hut only a block or so away from our hotel, i was pretty psyched to check it out. before i even had a chance to find it, one of my grad students bumped into me in an elevator (i was at a conference for work stuff) and said, all excited, "did you know there's a vegan restaurant at the mall?!?" hee, so cute.
i have to say, just seeing something like this, smack in the middle of a mall, makes my heart go pitter-pat. i really love seeing things advertised as vegan all big and proud, like it's no big thing. i'm all for normalizing the scary V word, and stuff like this goes a long way, i think. i would give anything to have something like this in a food court around these parts.
i visited the loving hut at westfield twice: once for a quick (shared) snack, and once for lunch. the first time we were saving our stomach-space for millennium later that night, so we just got one order of spring rolls and split them. they tasted really fresh and were super tasty–great peanut sauce, too. when i visited a couple of days later for lunch, i ordered their buffet combo special, which basically translates to two items plus your choice of rice (brown, white, or fried). i got brown rice with two different tofu dishes: lemongrass tofu stirfry, and an awesome creamy tofu curry. the portions were HUGE and it was deeee-licious. i would absolutely eat there again if i had the chance.