The Loving Hut is a 100% vegan restaurant part of a Japanese chain, quickly opening restaurants around the rest of the world, inspired by Supreme Master Ching Hai. On their website, http://brighton.lovinghut.co.uk/uk-brighton/home/, they describes the resturant as “a beacon of light for a healthier, compassionate, peaceful way of living” which I can definitely confirm to be true. They are also concerned with the environment and have lots of interesting and important information on their website about the environment and why more people should transition to veganism, for themselves and the planet. Definitely worth a read if you have a spare minute or two.
The outside of the restaurant is bright, colourful and inviting. It certainly doesn’t look out of place in this vibrant part of Brighton. The menu is displayed in the window, for curious eyes to look over, as well as several posters about veganism. As soon as you walk in the restaurant it has a very clean look and I was more than happy to sit at their impeccable white table to choose what I wanted to eat. The menu has a variety of options from an all-day breakfast choice, to the traditional fish n chips or Japanese inspired cuisine. Enough choice to ensure all tastes are catered for. They also have a child menu which impressed me, meaning they can enjoy their own plate of food easily without a special request.
My mum and I decided to share the Mix Platter of Hut Snacks and the sweet potato fries. I opted for the green smoothie while my mum had the berry. The waitress was very polite and we hardly waited any time for our drinks and food at all bearing in mind we were one of two parties in the restaurant. The platter looked very impressive as she brought it to our table, and I couldn’t wait to try it. It was made up of the Satay Skewers, Crispy Wontons, Spring Rolls and Sweet and Sour Soya Balls. I know that fake meat isn’t everyone’s cups of tea but this company have even tricked tourists in Japan to think that this food is chicken. It might not be overly healthy but it sure does taste good.
The coating on the wontons, rolls and balls was crisp on the outside and soft just before the filling. The balls were so tasty especially dipped in the sauce and my recently turned vegetarian mum couldn’t believe that it wasn’t chicken. They were definitely my favourite while for my mum the skewers had her hooked. The texture was just like that of chicken and the flavour was a perfect combination of spices.
Overall we were very happy with our meal and just one plate and fries had filled us up nicely. Well my mum that is. Even though I was just full I just had to try some of their vegan soft whip ice-cream as I haven’t seen that offered anywhere else in Brighton so far. Needless to say it was delicious. It was not as smooth as normal Mr. Whippy but I actually preferred the texture as well as the nutty undertones that came through. The swirl of a fruity sauce on top just added that extra sweet note.
This is an amazing restaurant for vegans especially if you have just transitioned or are thinking about it as they offer meals that taste virtually the same as the ones you’re used to having. Plus offering a wide range of different meals to try too. This means that I would be happy to take any of my vegetarian or non-vegan friends here knowing they will fancy at least one item on the menu. Now the tricky part, to convince them to go to a 100% vegan restaurant! Haha. I would definitely recommend this place to anybody no matter what food you eat but of course definitely vegans. If you live in Brighton or ever visit it is a must go.