Hugo’s Restaurant, Agoura Hills Location Review
Can “healthy eating” and great tasting food co-exist together? I’m happy to say that yes, they can, after eating at Hugo’s, which just opened their newest location in Agoura Hills. What started as a small butcher shop years ago has become a destination for excellent food prepared in unique ways. Today, more than ever, the restaurant going public wants to know what goes into their food so they can make nutritional decisions. Yes, at Hugo’s, you’ll see the words gluten free, fat-free, organic, and low carbohydrate on the menu. And although vegetarians can find plenty to like here, Hugo’s also accommodates meat eaters as well (think burgers). You’ll also find “protein additions or substitutions” in the menu margins for many of the starters, entrees, and pastas, meaning they can cater to your own wants. At Hugo’s, you can just about create your own meal, and in fact they have a menu section titled “Create-a-Plate” or “Create-a-Bowl” with “over 3 million possibilities” of sides, sauces, and meats. Now that’s choice!
While the first Hugo’s has traditional décor, the new location is a modern, contemporary space with a lot of wood and some industrial touches. You’ll first notice the beautiful waterfall rock sculpture that graces the entrance, with its Zen-like quality. The original Hugo’s, located in West Hollywood, became known over the years for great breakfasts, with a steady entertainment industry following. So breakfasts here are special, starting with the fact that only organic “veg-fed” eggs are used. Pancake orders feature some highly creative choices. I personally like the Almond Energy Pancakes, which have a great tasting batter containing nuts, seeds, quinoa, shredded cocoanut, puffed rice, dried cherries and cranberries. Topped with fresh berries and a side of agave syrup, its absolutely delicious. They also make Pumpkin Pancakes, Buttermilk Pancakes, and their Roasted Pineapple Cocoanut Pancakes topped with bananas. The breakfast list goes on from there, with a Protein Scramble, Chipotle Scramble, the Herbed Omelette, Cinnamon Dream French Toast, and more. Yes, Hugo’s is truly a breakfast lover’s paradise.
On our trip we dined at night, so we could try other starters and entrees. Although open for less than a month, the restaurant was crowded with a moderate buzz of diners. They have a nice selection of microbrewery beers; I tried the Flying Dog Tire Bite Golden Ale, which went down easy and had a light taste. Their Cucumber Martini was better than many such martini’s I’ve had elsewhere. Mojitos, margaritas, cosmos, and mimosas are also on the drink menu as well as some California reds and whites.
We ordered the Vegan Mac and Cheese to start things off, only because it sounded more interesting than their Traditional Mac N Cheese. Being vegan, it’s made with a cashew and sunflower cheese sauce. They use the wonderful fusilli pasta, plus sliced mushrooms, garlic, sweet peas, and crispy onions. It was delightful.
We also tried their Asian Spring Rolls, made Vietnamese style with very fresh cucumber, kelp noodles, and carrots. Some avocado gave it a California twist with a delicious sesame oil dipping sauce.
For our entrees, we ordered the Asian Stir Fry and the Tika Masala Vegetable Patties. The stir-fry included sautéed chicken breast meat with snow peas, tomatoes, broccolini, mushrooms, jicama, cilantro, and green onions. Topped with a sesame chili sauce, it was excellent. The Tika Masala had two good-sized patties made from organic mung beans, then topped with a spicy sauce made with tomato and onions. The plate also had assorted veggies and mushrooms, plus turmeric rice, broccoli, and a cilantro mint chutney. This tasty Indian style dish was also quite filling due to the generous portion.
There is much more on the menu at Hugo’s, such as the burger section featuring Angus antibiotic and hormone free “Never-Ever” beef. And if beef is not your thing, turkey burgers and a New American Veggie Burger are options. They all come with a choice of sides and various toppings.
For dessert, you owe it to yourself to try Hugo’s excellent Vegan Pumpkin Pie. This isn’t your mom’s pumpkin pie though, it’s a tall hearty slice made with a pecan cinnamon crust, a real standout.
Hugo’s is committed to “Healthy Living”, and if you go to their website you can read a very extensive write-up of their use of high quality ingredients, lower sodium cooking, gluten free ingredients, and information for people with food allergies. They also have a
So make some time to visit the new Hugo’s, it’s a treat. Website: http://hugosrestaurant.com/.
Hugo’s Restaurant, Agoura Hills
28914 Roadside Drive
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Monday - Friday
7:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM