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Foodies Lists: Loving Hut (The Foodie Magazine, Jan 2014)

Loving Hut’s message to the whole world is all about peace, love and harmony, and most of all, to promote the healthy vegetarian way of life. Ching Hai, a spiritual master and entrepreneur who founded the restaurant chain has successfully brought Loving Hut around the world with hundreds of outlets and some of them of course, in Indonesia.

With its feminine brand design, yellow colored interiors and pictures of international celebrities who have adopted a vegan lifestyle decorating the restaurants, it’s not hard to find Loving Hut. Especially nowadays, the growth of Loving Hut in Indonesia has been very promising as it has opened numerous outlets in Jakarta and other cities.

Although all of the items are made with wholesome plant-based ingredients, there is no reason for the non-vegan to not stop by and enjoy the dishes. Each outlet of Loving Hut has a distinctive menu that incorporates many cuisines and leaves plenty of room to explore based on the original recipes as well. Notables on the menu are Chinese, Indonesian, Western, and a little bit of Vietnamese, together with healthy drinks and juices.

Loving Hut - Kung Pao

Interestingly enough, their soybean-based kung pao exactly tastes like the real thing and well-paired with vegetable dishes like stir-fried broccoli. Of course, other options like noodles, Indonesian rice dishes, and even pizza or steak are also there for you to pick. With the spirit to save the environment and to bring the sustainable diet for the earth, this might be the place to start the world’s food revolution.

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LOVING HUT
Halal-friendly (please check for the certification)
Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Various locations in Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia
Telp: +62.21.2553.9369

Website: http://lovinghut.co.id
Facebook:
Loving Hut Indonesia
Twitter: @LovingHutID

Opening hours: Everyday, mall opening hours

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE January 2014 edition

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Photos by: Dennie Benedict

Quikskoop™: Loving Hut

Yippeekiyay! Another healthy restaurant! I’m on fire with this genre lately right? Well, partly because it was an assignment for a certain magazine. Second, just recently a fellow foodie friend of mine went ‘astray’ to become a vegan. I figure, why don’t you start looking for these hidden organic jewels and start a trend by reviewing them? Regardless of these excuses, on any circumstances aside from my religious restrictions, let’s do the foodie adventure, shall we?

For several years, I have been passing through this vegan restaurant both in Plaza Semanggi and Kampung Melayu vicinity in East Jakarta. Honestly I looked at it condescendingly and even underestimated it. Probably it’s because they put pictures of old and new celebrities all over the restaurant, making it look silly and shabby. Not to mention with the dominating yellow color that covers all angle. Just ridiculous.

Loving Hut - Broccoli Lada Hitam

However, I have to apologize sincerely to Loving Hut for underestimating it and the moment of truth came when I was assigned with this piece about healthy food. Of course, the only one that came into my mind was this Loving Hut. It’s pretty much nearby where I live and it survives for several years now. It has potentials after all perhaps!

Indeed it was. I was quite satisfied with what they have in the menu as it covers many genres from local, Chinese, and even Italian. They have strange names in it to avoid people thinking that they serve meat but of course not because they substitute it with processed soy beans.

Loving Hut - Green DelightA friend of mine has a good point about vegan restaurants that offer dishes using processed soy beans to make it appear like meat. If vegans want to eat meat that much, why not do it for real instead of eating these processed soy beans? Well, I don’t have the authority to say anything about it but if you guys happen to be vegans, feel free to share your thoughts about it.

By the way, I had a healthy vegetable juice which was refreshing alongside a kung pao dish and broccoli with black pepper sauce and mushrooms. My wife had a maki set because she loves sushi and its friends so much. Well, it was decent and very affordable. You can have a date while spending around let’s say IDR 50,000 – IDR 60,000 if you want to be frugal and boy, these soy beans do taste like meat!

Loving Hut - Tasty Kung Pao

That experience alone made me think that being a vegan or any other derivatives of it can be fun in the end. You don’t have to worry eating sautéed dishes, grills, or even soy beans with meat flavors after all, right? Well, feel free to disagree my dear vegan friends, but if it’s allowed and still healthy, I guess why not?

Roger and out!

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LOVING HUT

Halal-friendly

Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address & RSVP:
Jakarta, Tangerang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Kediri, Denpasar, Medan, & Pematang Siantar
Details at http://www.lovinghut.co.id/kontak.shtml

Opening hours:
Everyday, mall opening hours

Website: http://www.lovinghut.co.id/
Twitter: @LovingHutID
Facebook: Loving-Hut-Indonesia

Spend: IDR 30,000 – IDR 50,000 / person