Loving Hut (Vegan Chinese) opens 10/11 in SF, 10/4 in Palo Alto
- Xiao Yang Oct 3, 2008 05:20 PM
Suma Ching Hai's Loving Hut has announced an October 11 opening for its SF Chinatown/North Beach branch (Stockton & Vallejo) via a sign in the window. Its website also promises a Palo Alto opening tomorrow, 10/4.
Go Veg! Be Green!
Me, I'll be off in Shanghai getting down and dirty with all manner of flesh.
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Thanks for the news - I look forward to checking out the Palo Alto branch when it opens... Have a great trip!
Any reports on any of the three Loving Hut locales?
I'll confess that I've stepped inside the Milpitas location twice now and haven't tasted anything. The first was when it had only been open for a couple days. But we'd just had our chowdown lunch at Chili Garden across the mall and I couldn't think about eating anything else. Then Derek "chowfun" and I took a look when we were waiting for the others to arrive for the Dongbei chowdown at Nutrition House. I will say that the stuff in the case looks as pretty as on the website. What's especially worth mentioning is how friendly and pleasant the staff have been both times. Welcoming and lots of smiles that are fitting for the name.
516 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA
1365 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA
165 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA
re: Melanie Wong
i stepped in today for lunch in the palo alto location. it's one of the more pleasant vegan experiences. the food was extremely fresh, prettily prepared, very well seasoned, and i definitely didn't feel deprived. (as an omnivore, i have munched glumly through many uninspired and dry quinoa salads with lentil loaf on the side at other veggie restaurants).
i had a substantial tempeh avocado blt- the tempeh was seasoned with paprika that was in a delicious foccacia, seemed like acme, and a black bean soup that lacked the depth of pork, but was spicy, cuminy and filling. my dining companion had some fresh spring rolls that had a piquant sauce, and not the normal stodgy peanut stuff. highly recommend for veggie food.
the service is extraordinarily pleasant, which makes sense as this is a buddhist organization's restaurant. i felt a bit like they were in a cult, which was a little off putting, but as far as i can tell, the buddhist organization is very benign. there's a little controversy over the leader the "supreme master ching hai" and whether or not her lifestyle is very buddhist, but they don't seem to be total whack jobs. (there's info on wikipedia).
re: Melanie Wong
This cult also has a restaurant in Oakland:
Golden Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
1301 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612
I remember I took a peek at the Loving Hut menu (Milpitas) following the chowdown at New Nutrition House, and Loving Hut's offerings seem more like a mix of South East Asian styles rather than Chinese. There's nothing in there that looks remotely Northern Chinese Buddhist vegan and the place has a rather fancy decor to boot.
re: K K
it's not at all northern chinese buddhist, actually. the loving hut's (palo alto) cuisine is vaguely asian, but mostly western. can't speak for the milpitas location. the organization doesn't seem to be northern chinese buddhist, although many of the followers seem to be vietnamese/chinese.
today i went to merit vegetarian on lawrence in sunnyvale and found that it was also run by the supreme master or ching hai cult thing. the food was also really great, and much more asian/chinese/vietnamese. two of us were omnivores and one was a vegetarian and we all ate with gusto.