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More Lunches At Loving Hut West Melbourne

I didn’t think my schedule allowed me to quickly return to the new Loving Hut West Melbourne so soon after my first visit but turns out I was able to go a couple more times, with company. I’ll sneak in the photos of that first visit again, just to get all the food pictures in one post.

I hadn’t tried a Loving Hut Malaysian char kway teow ($13, gluten free option) and on a solo visit, that’s what I went for. This was pretty good and something I’d probably order again:

When I visited with family, we ordered the crispy delight ($10, add on mayo for $2) for our entree. These are taro and enoki mushrooms in a battered seaweed and beancurd pocket:

My sister and I liked the sound of the Thai eggplant and tofu ($17) described as ‘…rich, spicy fragrant chilli-basil sauce’. Delicious, and not too spicy:

We ordered a second eggplant dish but really because we wanted something from the Thai selections and something from the Malaysian selections. We’d already had the Royal Rendang ($16, gluten free) at Richmond back in June and it’s always hard for us to go past an Assam curry on a menu. This had eggplant as well as beans, pineapple and soy fillet ($16). In hindsight I think one eggplant dish would have been enough, but no matter as this was also pretty good:

From other visits, the Royal Rendang and the satay skewers with peanut sauce ($8, gluten free):Loving Hut West Melbourne

 

That’s three visits to Loving Hut West Melbourne and we’ve enjoyed our meals every time. Desserts are available now too, we would have ordered the sticky date pudding but had already made plans to pick up something sweet from the Queen Vic market around the corner.

Loving Hut West Melbourne

185 Victoria Street

West Melbourne

https://www.facebook.com/lovinghutwestmelbourne/

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Loving Hut West Melbourne Opens

Melbourne now has a new Loving Hut restaurant, located right near the Queen Victoria Market in the same space that was previously the White Lotus restaurant. For those unaware, the Loving Hut restaurants are all vegan, with the first Melbourne Loving Hut located in Richmond and the second in Northcote.

The new West Melbourne Loving Hut has a menu based on the Richmond restaurant. The space has been redesigned inside from how White Lotus was set up, and looks more open and bright.

The official opening day was to be tomorrow (September 24th) but an Instagram post by Loving Hut West Melbourne said they were having a pop-up opening on the weekend, so today (Sunday) was their first full trading day. I headed down with my son and ordered the satay skewers: 

I loved the Royal Rendang from my last visit to Richmond, so I got that again today along with some rice and roti (I brought a container to take leftovers home as the serving was too big for me to finish off):Loving Hut West Melbourne

I really like the meals at Richmond, so I’m glad I can access the same menu at West Melbourne which is closer to home for me and involves a single journey on public transport. I’d hoped to go back again this coming week and blog some more photos in this review but it’s not looking likely, so I’ll put this post up now to help spread the word of a new all-vegan restaurant in town.

Loving Hut West Melbourne

185 Victoria Street

West Melbourne

https://www.facebook.com/lovinghutwestmelbourne/

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Lunches At Loving Hut Richmond

I haven’t been to Loving Hut Richmond in AGES. A birthday lunch was on the same day as the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, so most places were closed. Not our faithful Loving Hut Richmond. A second bonus was that we found parking right away, just opposite. That’s never happened before. Thank you Your Majesty!

The Richmond menu is different to the Northcote Loving Hut, and for me each has some excellent dishes I’d return for.

First up were the fried spring rolls. My son likes fried entree things and these were your nice little regular fried spring rolls:

We also got some steamed dumplings for our entree. Nice and freshly made:

The menu has changed a little from when I last visited. My sister beat me to the Royal Rendang. This was excellent. Truthfully, I was a little nervous about the soy fillet ‘beef’ because when I bought some of the dried version myself and rehydrated it, it was awful and tasted heavily of soy. More a strong soy milk taste. This Loving Hut meal had none of the soy taste. A stand out:

My son ordered the Mongolian BBQ. This was also really good and wasn’t way sweet:

I chose the lemongrass chili tofu. I didn’t know what this would be like, other places have tofu cubes deep fried so it’s crispy. This dish was different though, with a much softer tofu and a lot of it. This is a great dish for sharing, I wouldn’t get it for myself again but for sharing, absolutely:

We got a fried rice to share which was also pretty good:

My son was apparently not able to fit the veggies in to his stomach but had no problem ordering the sundae, which had a three scoops option we shared. It’s the soy So Good icecream. I wished there was more sauce though:

Here are some pics of what I had the last time I went to Loving Hut Richmond aaaages ago. I don’t know if these dishes are still on the new menu: 

I used to be in Richmond every few weeks and would often stop at Loving Hut for a meal. I miss those days and although I’m way spoilt now with more vegan options closer to me, I still miss lunches at Loving Hut Richmond.

Loving Hut Richmond

10/242 Victoria Street

Richmond

http://lovinghutmelbourne.com.au/

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Girls And Boys in Fitzroy

Girls and Boys is the latest venture from the owners of The Vegie Bar and Transformer. Located right next to The Vegie Bar, Fitzroy has scored yet another all-vegan affair.

The pictures I’d seen online certainly looked good enough and there were some great reviews about the soft serve ice cream, so on a hot day I dropped in and ordered the Baklava Pimped Out soft serve ($12).

It was way bigger than I’d anticipated and I wasn’t able to finish it so next time I’d share. But this was really good soft serve icecream– I’ve never had a vegan soft serve and I’m fussy about ice cream in general. The filo sheets were nice and crunchy and there was a sweet lemony sauce with pistachios and walnuts. Close up!

There’s also a selection of beautiful looking/sounding small cakes (with unrefined sugars), smoothies, housemade gelato, lattes, coffees and juices. There are gluten free options though I’m not exactly sure which are GF:

You can also grab some Vegie Bar take away from the next counter and fridge.

There’s a flavour-of-the-day special for the Pimped Out soft serve, and on the day I went it was a mango-something.

Having a 100% plant based dessert bar is a great addition to Melbourne and although Fitzroy is a bit of a public transport hike for me, I’d make the effort to go and try some of the cakes and another soft serve.

You can read another review over at Where’s The Beef?

Girls & Boys

382 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

http://girlsandboysfitzroy.com/

 

 

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Quick Lunch at Huong Viet in Footscray

Huong Viet is a recent newcomer to the veg*n restaurant scene and it’s great to see another ‘vegan’ sign at restaurants in Footscray!

This will be a short review because I’ve only been to Huong Viet once when passing through Footscray. I took a detour so I could have some lunch here, after seeing good reviews on Facebook and pictures of awesome Vietnamese food. Usually I like to visit a place at least twice before blogging, but I won’t be in Footscray again for a while.

I love lemongrass tofu, so that stood out for me. I anticipated it would be exactly what you see, which is a more dry dish, which is fine by me. I got some rice on the side and ended up taking half the tofu home because it was a very big serve.

This was beautifully flavoured and I was so glad to have leftovers the next day. I think this would make a fantastic option for a share dish.

Service was very friendly and if I were around Footscray often, I’d be going back to try more of the menu. I can’t remember what I paid, but the serving was generous and it wasn’t expensive.

Huong Viet

36a Leeds Street

Footscray

http://www.facebook.com/huongviet.vego/