Westfield San Francisco Centre
San Francisco, CA 94103
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For those of you unfamiliar with Loving Hut, it is a chain of vegan eateries here in the US and across the world, including locations across Europe, Asia and Australia. It was founded by Ching Hai, a Vietnamese author and meditation teacher. The fare is considered “fast food,” but don’t think of it like McDonalds or BK, but more along the lines of Veggie Grill.
Loving Hut in the Westfield SF is one of the dining options on thee concourse level. The Westfield SF is an upscale mall, and this is no ordinary “food court.” Full of gourmet options, anyone in the family—even vegans and vegetarians—can find a solid meal here.
The Loving Hut here has both a Panda Express-style plate (choose fried rice or chow mien plus two dishes) as well as made-to-order salads, sandwiches, starters and noodles. The usually have a few desserts on hand like carrot cake cupcakes or cheesecake.
I’ve eaten here many times, and my usual is a plate of friend rice, mushrooms or kale, and sweet & sour. The food is consistent; my rice is always just slightly fried, the kale is always tender but still emerald green, my mushrooms always savory, and my sweet & sour is always saucy.
The Garden Vermicelli noodle bowl is something a little different; a sort of combination of noodles, salad, fried rolls and “soy protein.” It’s a good choice if you are just a little hungry, but need something to get you through the day. I like the combination of the fried rolls (like egg rolls) and soy protein with the noodles and cucumber; it’s both heavy and light.
For something a little hardier, check out the Queen Sandwich. It’s a huge roll stuffed with soy protein, vegan mayo and drenched with sauce. I don’t think I’ve ever finished my plate, though my husband has.
As for the desserts, the cheesecake is just okay; not terribly moist but still dense and sweet. The carrot cupcakes are large, but a bit dry.
There is always Thai ice tea and jasmine green—both served with soy creamer. The Thai ice tea tastes like the real deal, but the jasmine green tea is over-sweet.
Since this location is part—for lack of a better term—“food court,” there is no table service. You order and either take your food and find a seat, or you’re given large pager to let you know when your sandwich or salad is ready (it never takes more than a few minutes).
The large seating area in the concourse is a far cry from the food court seating areas of the past (or present in some cases), and I’m always happy to sit and digest for a few minutes once I’m done eating. The lighting is low, the tables, chairs and booths modern and clean, and the ceilings high and airy.
All-in-all, a vegan can’t go wrong with a meal at Loving Hut. The prices are around
Look for Loving Hut toward the back of the concourse, close to Bloomingdales.