We love Loving Hut in Northcote. Today we went with my sister and her partner for his belated birthday. This was their first time there and they really enjoyed it. My sister no longer eats meat and although she considers herself ‘more vegetarian’, most of what she eats is vegan. When she cooks, it’s vegan and when she chooses a meal from the cafeteria at work, she chooses something vegan. Her partner is still omni but he’s very open minded and will try anything.
I ordered our usual entrees, which consists of fried stuff (spring rolls, moneybags and crumbed prawns) and we got the 7-piece serve of the southern fried chicken to share. My sister and her partner loved it. Their entree were the rice paper rolls with the crumbed prawn fillings served with two dipping sauces. I forgot to take a photo when it came out:
I went for the vegan sushi entree in the hopes DeeW would eat it. She eats avocado maki rolls but unfortunately she removed all of the filling here and nibbled at the rice and nori:
For our mains, I decided to break from the usual homemade curry and try something different. I enjoy the homemade curry so much that I always say “I’ll get something different next time”. So I went for the katsu style breaded duck in plum sauce with some plain rice on the side:
This was a massive serve. As you can see, it’s all the mock duck with a little onion. I find dishes like this really difficult to finish on my own so I was glad that we all picked at eachother’s plates. Even so I took the leftovers home. The plum sauce was more a coating on the dish, which I prefer instead of the duck pieces drowning in sauce. I’d recommend this more for a party that are sharing the food around, as a meal for myself it’s just too much, with no veggies to lighten it.
My sister ordered the pad thai which was listed on the daily specials board. Again this was a big serve and after the entrees, my sister barely put a dent in it. She left enough to fill a takeaway container. I tasted some and it was pretty good, there was tofu and bean shoots throughout:
Sister’s partner got the ‘shrooms dish with rice on the side. He loves mushrooms and said his meal was great. I tried a bit and it was quite nice, though I am a total wimpazoid when it comes to anything other than button mushrooms. Even cutting shiitake slightly freaks me out:
We were absolutely stuffed and waddled back to our cars. As usual, the men serving us were lovely and our meals arrived quickly. We got there at 5:30 and there was only one other couple but by the time we left more people arrived. It seems everyone orders the southern fried chicken!