For some reason, I have always been underwhelmed by the food served in the Loving Hut chain. Having visited their outlets in Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong, while food has always been delicious and satisfying, I always felt as if their doesn’t bring much excitement.
Singapore’s Loving Hut, however, is a very different dining experience. In contrary to other Loving Hut Chain, this branch is modern, fun, hip and has a creative menu. It is definitely something to appeal to the younger generation.
It is located the vibrant heritage neighbourhood of Joo Chiat, where streets are lined with architectural relics and colourful houses with ornate faces. These houses splashed with warm colour are distinct to the Peranakan culture. It is a beautiful area and has a very different vibe to other parts of Singapore.
Loving Hut Joo Chiat is so hip and wonderfully done up. It’s interior is bright, modern and has colourful paintings relating to veganism are hung/placed around the cafe, sprinking colour and youthful vibes everywhere. Cute slogans like “Make Peace, Go Vegan” can be found on coasters, postcards, cloth bags, walls and even on thier furniture! There’s even a panel against the wall that sells vegan snacks and environmentally friendly kitchen accessories. I could spend a whole day just chilling in here!
Looking at their menu, they serve a wide variety of cuisines from western burgers and pastas to asian and fusion dishes. Their passion for vegan food reflects in their creative and extensive menus. Their effort really brings the restaurant and the vegan scene in Singapore to another level.
Some of the items that caught my eye was the All Star Burger which by the way has a vegan egg in it, the Vegan Pot Pie, the Nyonya Laksa and the Taiwanese style Three Cup Chicken. Needless to say, I was paralysed with all the options. I wanted everything!! So my partner and I ordered a couples of dishes over different visits. Here are our favourites dishes.
The bowl contained a bed of thick rice noodles (bee hoon) bathed in a rich and slightly spicy broth, topped with cool shredded cucumber with additional crunchy dou miao at the side.
The gravy is a tad tangy, somewhat closer to the Penang style of laksa, and I would assure you cannot help taking multiple mouthfuls off your spoon. Instead of 100% coconut milk, the chefs used 50% of organic soymilk and 50% of coconut milk for the gravy, ideal for those who are watching their weight yet craving for laksa. This is what I call having the best of both worlds.
All Star Burger
The burger had a soy patty marinated in black pepper sauce, vegan egg, vegan cheese, fresh tomatoes and lettuce. The soy patty was juicy and goes very well with the vegan egg. According to the owner, the vegan egg white is accomplished with fried soy and the yolk with pumpkin. Impressively, the vegan egg has a strong eggy flavour. The sliced tomato and lettuce adds a nice refreshing touch and crunch to the burger. For the sides, there is a salad with balsamic vinegar and sweet potato fries seasoned in cajun spices.
Vegan pesto is something that I find it hard to come by. Most pre-packaged pesto sold on super markets will contain some kind of cheese or dairy product. If you go to a non-vegan Italian restaurant, you can expect the same ingredients with their pesto sauce. Loving Hut’s Pesto is thankfully 100% vegan. The pasta is very fragrant and has a strong basil flavour. The sauce is thick but at the same time it is not drenched in oil. This dish is served with two slices of Ciabatta bread. Quite a substantive feed.
Loving Hut’s Vegan Lasagna boats in its lower calorie count. Making it a healthier dish without all the guilt! Every layer of this delectable lasagne is bursting with different veggies such as eggplant, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and tomato concasse sauce. It is all good and healthy, but I do hope that it was baked with a melted layer of cheers. Since this dish is lower in calories, it didn’t feel like they had cheese in between the layers.
Loving Hut’s Vegan Pot Pie has a tender flaky crust so perfectly paired with the creamy tomato based filling. It’s warm, rich and comforting. The pot pie is served with a small serving of parsley spaghetti. It takes around 20 minutes for the pie to bake, it was worth the wait.
Classic Garden Soup
The Classic Garden Soup makes a fantastic appetiser , it warms the stomach and helps increase your appetite. The broth is savoury and served with garden veggies like broccoli, carrot, and tofu.
Hot Hazelnut Cocoa
When the Hazelnut Cocoa was brought to the table, it brought a smile to my face. The staff drew an adorable smile on the drink, which I though was really cute. The drink is very chocolatey, frothy and hazelnut-ty. The sweetness is just right as well.
Through the hip and modern vibe, Loving Hut Joo Chiat is redefining the perception of veganism and vegetarian food in Singapore and introducing veganism in a more fun, casual and relatable approach.