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Is it possible that we can love a restaurant more than we love Loving Hut? We think not. That's because this super chain does something with gourmet vegan cuisine we can't find anyplace else: they turn wholesome ingredients into a repast that's not only good for us, but tastes amazing, too. Currently the fastest-growing vegan fast food chain in the world (with branches in Milpitas, Palo Alto and San Francisco), the Hut offers dishes free of animal ingredients-no MSG, milk or eggs-and all of it is stuff you'll love. Try the Golden Nuggets, crispy soy strips coated with flour and dipped in yummy spices. Or the Pate Chaud, a crispy and flaky delight filled with soy protein, jicama, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, and onions. Delicious and healthy.
I didn't hate it, it was okay. If you have a lot of time to piss away, go ahead and check this out. The service is super slow. There was no one to greet my fiancé and myself when we walked in. When someone did come out, she greeted the first party and invited them to sit where they liked, so we followed suit. Then she brought out water about 10-15 minutes or so later. The water was refreshing! They have freshly sliced oranges in it! Then about 10 minutes after that we ordered. We shared the dumplings, I had the sweet and sour divine, and he had the Garlic sensation. The lentil soup they serve with the meal was yummy! And the dumplings can satisfy in insatiable appetite for all things dumpling. They serve Stash jasmine green tea, which I loved. The soy chicken could be tastier but the dish was pretty good, nonetheless. But holy hell, they do not know what a sense of urgency is! We had to leave and said, "we're running late, can you go ahead and run our bill?" Note, we has already finished eating and had not even been visited for a check. She went off, did a couple of other things, adjusted a menu on her way to the register, and finally checked us out. If you go, do not expect great service. Expect alright food, aloofness and a strange ambiance.
If you can ignore the fact that there is a TV that is playing speeches (muted) from their "Supreme Master" (or "Suma") Ching Hai... I kid you NOT! and the fact that their service is VERY slow... the food was amazing! My fiance had Sweet and Sour and I had Garlic Sensation, and we started off with dumpings. All vegan, all yummy. Their hot Green Jasmin tea was also a delight. The slow, casual response to us saying we were running late and needed the check, was meh.
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You can go vegan for a day or for a lifetime, and there are compelling reasons to do so. Perhaps it's for ethical and environmental reasons, or maybe it's just to keep your waistline in check. But for me, it all boils down to one simple thing:... More »
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