Sunday morning we rolled out of bed and over to Spiral Aoyama to catch the film Romeos, presented by the Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. We really enjoyed it, and it was great to see such a crowd come out on a Sunday morning to support queer film. After the show was over, A-chan had a craving for soymilk ramen, so we hopped on the subway and made our way to Yotsuya-sanchome to pay a visit to Loving Hut.
If you've been following my blog for a while and have read my original Loving Hut review you'll know I'm a big fan of this place. While I was tempted to order up a bowl of soymilk ramen myself, I opted for the veggie dog plate, as it was one of the only Loving Hut meals I haven't tried. While I don't really think of veggie dogs as restaurant food, they're not something you can buy in a grocery store in Japan. In fact, I think this was the first veggie dog I've eaten since I moved to Japan three years ago. Crazy! While they're certainly not my favourite vegetarian meal, a veggie dog is such a tasty, simple comfort food that it's hard to believe I went so long without eating one. The Loving Hut version was satisfying enough, but I have to say the star of that plate was one of the tiny side dishes. This morsel of sweet and sour mock meat packed a punch! I hope to see it appearing as a main dish someday soon.
I mentioned that the veggie dog was one of my few remaining yet to be sampled Loving Hut dishes. Lucky for me, my friend ordered the only other meal I hadn't tried, which was the curry plate. Given that Indian food is an often used safe bet for me when dining with omnivore companions, I hardly ever order curry when I make it to a vegetarian restaurant. So I was quite pleased when my friend opted for the curry plate and put up no resistance when I demanded a spoonful for my "research". It was a nicely spiced, but not too spicy curry, peppered with chewy, ground meat-like TVP.
We finished off our meal by sharing a piece of vegan cheesecake, topped with blueberry sauce, between the four of us. Very impressive! I've tried a number of vegan cheesecakes in my time, and generally they are tasty enough as long as one doesn't try to compare them to an actual cheesecake. (Which is probably easier for long time vegans!) Loving Hut's vegan cheesecake was truly delicious and didn't have that tofu taste that vegan versions sometimes do. This guy has won a place on my Loving Hut recommendation list!
*Language note: hisashiburi, which appeared in the title of this post, means "it's been a long time" or "long time no see!"