Generally the food available for vegetarians and vegans in Spain is pretty shit. Sometimes ‘pretty shit’ is a more than generous review.
And then somewhere like Loving Hut in Marbella sends you a curve ball and you get down on your knees and thank whatever god it is you worship for serendipitously guiding you there.
Situated in central Marbella, Loving Hut is a beautiful, clean and calm oasis of deliciousness. The food is reasonably priced and exceptionally tasty.
The interior is bright white with stone walls. A glass case displays the vegan cakes.
Jacob had vegan chilli and I had raw pasta with cashew and sun-dried tomato sauce. Both were exceptionally tasty, the sizes were perfect and the presentation great. I’ve eaten in quite a few raw food restaurants and this was some of the tastiest raw pasta dishes I’ve tried. It might have been missing the frills of raw pasta dishes in NYC or London (such as raw vegan parmesan and fresh basil) but the noodles were perfectly crispy and the sauce delightful.
The juices are freshly prepared and the portions are good. They also serve hot chocolate, teas, coffees, smoothies and kombucha.
The menu is sizeable with appetizers, lots of vegetable dishes, vegetable protein dishes, salads, wraps, breakfasts and sandwiches. There is also a children’s menu.
Choose from dishes such as spring rolls, pizza suprema with vegan chorizo, Loving Hut quiche, guru’s curry, deluxe burger, barbeque skewers, vegan Greek salad, teriyaki wrap, and toasted vegan cheese and tomato baguette.
Loving Hut’s desserts include vegan gelato, raw chocolate brownie, carrot cake, lemon cheesecake, chocolate cake and tiramisu. Desserts cost around the €4 to €4.50 mark. The lemon cheese cake and raw chocolate brownies come highly recommended.
If money is a problem then you can have a three-course menu del dia for around ten euros. You choose from three starters (such as vegan chorizo tostada), three main courses (such as vegan lasagne or vegan tortilla) and desserts such as apple crumble.
Loving Hut also has free wi-fi, which you can roll around in whilst you wait for your food to go down, so that you can order more. One of the tables has access to a plug socket for recharging your lappy.
The service at Loving Hut is also exceptional. An immensely healthy and smiling young vegan guy with eyes so sparkling he might be from Stepford served us. I didn’t bother asking him where he got his protein from, he seemed to be doing alright.
If you are interested in the philosophy behind Loving Hut then there are books and videos available and the staff are happy to discuss it with you.
We went there with our little dog Sweep and they brought out fresh water and a large dish of vegan dog treats which he nummed up instantly.
It’s difficult to fault Loving Hut. In fact I just can’t. After over a year of travelling around Spain, I finally found vegan food heaven, in Marbella of all places. Thoroughly scrumptious food in great surroundings prepared with love and with a wonderful attitude to other species and the planet we live on.
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