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):
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
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):
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
I had things to do in North Melbourne/West Melbourne this week and finished up at 6pm. Which was perfect timing because I was standing outside White Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant when I was done 🙂
Everything on the menu is vegan and White Lotus do not use onions or garlic. I had a tough time deciding what to get and in the end I settled for the curry clay pot (with a side of plain rice) as I’d heard people recommend it. When my clay pot arrived there were a few big pieces of tofu and some mock meat pieces as well as potato, eggplant, sweet potato and carrot. The serving was just right, though the meal didn’t exactly blow me away like I was hoping and dare I say it was a little on the bland side (though I’m a big garlic fan!). I would still go back as the service was friendly, the place is completely unpretentious and it’s super easy for me to get to (yeah, I only just worked that one out the day I went there):
The waitress told me the mock fish is one of their more popular dishes, especially with groups. The couple next to me ordered the lemon chicken and it looked great. I might try the fish on a return visit as it is made with soy and not wheat.
The White Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant is located at 185 Victoria Street, West Melbourne. They accept cash only.
The great thing about ‘traveling’ in veg*n blog circles is that I get to see great recommendations for places to eat. The other day I read about the Good Hearted’s visit to Warung Agus and decided I had to visit there asap! So tonight, my mum, sister and brother in law rocked up as soon as Warung Agus opened (with a reservation!). We’re early dinner people. Mum always had dinner on the table by 6pm and I freely admit that when my friends make dinner reservations for 7:30pm or later it is TORTURE.
For the entree, I ordered the ‘Apokat Mebasa Santen Misi Oong-Avocado with mushroom and coconut cream sauce’. I only remembered to take a photo after I messily plopped it on to my plate:
My sister got the ‘Krupuk Singkong -Basket of spicy vegetarian cassava crackers and peanut sauce’:
Alas, I can not talk about my mum and brother in law’s meals as they weren’t vegan 🙂
For my main I got the ‘Tuung Mebasa Santen Lalah Manis- Sliced eggplant and tofu braised in coconut milk, sweet soy and spicy gravy’:
My sister got the ‘Toge- Traditional Balinese gado gado – Mountain of steamed vegetables and bean curd with peanut sauce and cassava crackers’:
My sister and I also ordered the ‘lemonade’:
We were all really happy with our meals. My eggplant tofu was a little on the sweet side for me but delicious nonetheless. Same with the lemonade which was pretty sweet indeed but I’d order it again as it was perfect for today’s hot stuffy weather. We were way too full to eat dessert, although I didn’t see anything on the menu marked with a ‘V’ (and didn’t ask about it as we weren’t ordering anything).
I’m looking forward to visiting again as the meals and service were all great.
Warung Agus is located at 350 Victoria Street, West Melbourne. Website is here. Be mindful that they don’t take Eftpos!