Loving Hut Northcote Visits

loving hut northcote katsu don special

Loving Hut in Northcote is a favourite of our family. I’ve never disliked a meal there and service is always friendly and helpful. I’ve reviewed Loving Hut Northcote in the past, but I’ve had so many return visits that an update is in order!

The layout has been pretty much the same since it opened, with the large open seating area towards the back. The freezers (and some empty space) are at the front of the restaurant. Vietnamese rolls are available during the day and made fresh for you. The space makes it family friendly as there is room for prams and strollers. It’s also a good choice for a large group gathering.

Loving Hut Northcote inside

So for a long time I was only ever ordering the home made curry with tofu and veg because I like it so much. On a recent visit, I ordered something else but encouraged my sister to get the curry 😉

Loving Hut Northcote home curry

The chilli basil fried rice is fantastic. Not spicy hot if you’re worried about the chilli:Loving Hut Northcote chilli basil rice

Another great rice option is the Nasi Goreng, again not spicy if you’re concerned about that:

Loving Hut Northcote Nasi Goreng

The lemon chicken tastes exactly like the non-vegan version and for me is definitely a fool-the-meateaters dish:

Loving Hut Northcote Lemon Chicken

I don’t care where I am, if I see a vegan Japanese katsu curry on a menu I’m getting it. This was on the specials board for $14 in April. The options were duck, tofu or eggplant and I chose the duck. This was really good. Look at the crumbs!

loving hut northcote katsu don special

I rarely order noodle dishes when I go out but on this visit I got the char kway teo. The veggies were done very well:

Loving Hut Northcote Char Kway Teao

For appetisers, we’ve had the rice paper rolls with lemongrass beef:

loving hut northcote rice paper rolls beef

… and the vegan sushi:

loving hut northcote vegan sushi

There are some bakery style slices and sweets in the display cabinet. Other times there are desserts like cake and pudding style cups, or cheesecakes in cups. The mango cheesecake was nice, no photo unfortunately. If you’re familiar with La Panella in Preston, the baked goods in the display are the same. The jam donuts are always popular. They also have jam donuts covered with icing and custard filled donuts:

loving hut northcote jam donut

Loving Hut Northcote is a place we’re always happy to return to and I’m confident that if I order something new, I’ll enjoy it. They’re going to be introducing pizzas this year, so keep an eye out for that!

Loving Hut Northcote outside

Loving Hut Northcote

377 High Street


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18 thoughts on “Loving Hut Northcote Visits

  1. Yes, Loving Hut Northcote is in my hood. Agree never had a bad meal, however it’s damn annoying that most of the faux meats have gluten. But plenty of other yummy choices so it’s all good 🙂

    • I would love a great tasting gluten free options for the faux meats I love. I’ve tried making things with those dehydrated soy products and it tasted like I was eating solid soy milk. I love soy milk but only in breakfast, not my curries…

  2. Wowwee your photos are great and the food looks so yummy, I don’t live near that part of Melbourne but I will make a special trip now!!!!

  3. I absolutely love Loving Hut and I’ve taken many carnivore family and friends and they absolutely love it and eat without complaining.

    • same here! The favourite meals with the non-vegans I know are the lemon chicken, laksa and the tofu veg curry 🙂

  4. I love how you rate the spiciness as being fit for people like me 🙂 I really would love to get back there but it has fallen off my radar esp when they were changing day time hours a few times – those rice dishes and the Japanese curry look great. If on the ambience was a bit less fluro lights! But you are right it is good for a group.

    • I was bracing myself for a hot spicy rice but it wasn’t at all though in saying that I don’t want to jinx things and you end up with a fiery version!

  5. I love Loving Hut. I have one right near me, and it’s my go to when I feel like takeaway. I feel sad mine doesn’t do desserts like those though! My faves are the laksa and the curries. I like the look of the lemon chicken. Yum.

    • It’s really great to know everything is vegan so I don’t have to worry about dairy and such!

  6. This place a such a gem and it’s so good to go somewhere and know everything is vegan. Great photography, now I’m hungry!

    • thanks! I love going somewhere and not having to worry about the ingredients not being vegan, I know I’ve been served dairy a few times by other places claiming they’ve made a vegan option because I’ve been sick after (dairy intolerance)!

  7. Dang! We planned to go to a Loving Hut in San Francisco but the Happy Cow listing seemed to have shut down and the other location was out of the way. Still never been and everything at this Northcote location looks great!

    • oh pooh that sucks. I just read an article today by someone who went to Loving Hut in Prague and there were all the vegan versions of traditional food. We have a second LH here but further out from where I am, where it’s still Asian food but different to the one shown here. People often think the two LH’s here have the same dishes but nothing is the same 🙂