Loving Hut is a global Vegan Vietnamese restaurant chain, there are only two Loving Hut Vietnamese Restaurant’s in Australia, both of which I have visited many times.
My hubby went to fix his speaker at the ‘speaker hospital’ in Bankstown which seemed like a lovely to opportunity to revisit Loving Hut in Bankstown. The restaurant has a HUGE menu! All the dishes are very reasonably priced, and the extensive variety made it very hard to pick which one to order. However, I was ready to order extra to make sure I tasted more dishes on the menu and could then take home the left overs.
To start, we ordered a salad to be healthy.
Goi Ngo Sen – $10
A lotus stem salad with vegan prawn crackers.
The seasoning was a typical Vietnamese dressing of sweet and sour, however it was interesting as it used lotus stem. Traditionally in Japan we do not eat the stem, we only eat the root, so it was fascinating to try. I love the fact that Vietnamese eat everything- from the root to the seeds and the stem!
Another starter we had was rice paper rolls.
Bo Bia – $8
Rice paper rolls filled with lotus stem salad and peanut sauce.
I really appreciated that it was made to order and this is very important, it meant that the rolls were nice and fresh! Whilst we usually tend to order deep fried foods when we visit Asian restaurants I have decided to be more cautious and healthier after over eating during the Covid Lockdown and over the Christmas holidays. So I begged my hubby not to order the deep fried spring rolls and instead we went for the fresh ones. Since my hubby is not a fan of fake fish or meat, we went for the stem salad one, which I realised had the same ingredients as our salad but was still nice!
We also had wontons.
Hoanh thanh hap soup – $9
This was my hubby’s favourite dish for the visit.
For main, we ordered two dishes, Pho Ap Chao Chien Done (a noodle dish) and Ca Sot Ca (fish dish).
Pho Ap Chao Chien Done – $12
Rice noodles with vegetables and vegan meat.
While we thought we had ordered the ‘crispy’ noodle dish we instead got soft noodles. Which in the end was a good thing considering that although we both love the deep-fried noodles it would not be ideal during a time when we are trying to get back to being healthy right? The noodle dish was only $12 with lots of veggies and a great flavour. This was my favourite dish of the day.
Ca Sot Ca – $13
Vegan fish served in fresh Vietnamese sauce.
I was amazed to see the fish dish was covered with freshly peeled tomatoes! Gosh it is time consuming to peel a tomato! I was very impressed that they had chosen freshly peeled tomatoes rather than using tinned tomatoes. The fish was surrounded by lots of lettuce and it only cost $13! Mad! Right?
However I think that the fish was overcooked as it was more than rightly brown and a bit hard.
I have been to Loving Hut in both Bankstown and Cabramatta and have enjoyed a great meal each time, unfortunately this time it was a bit average. Last time I went to Loving Hut (In Cabramatta), which was about 4 years ago, I was with my parents and aunty from Japan who are not usually plant based and we all enjoyed the meals very much.
Maybe this time, the good/usual chef was on holiday…
But still, the menu has an impressively wide range of options full of veggies at amazing prices!
Loving Hut Bankstown
Address: Shop 6, 18-20 Greenfield Parade Bankstown New 2200, Australia
Visit their website http: //www.lovinghut.com/au/
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