A focus on healthy, sustainable living and wholesome food at The Raw Kitchen
Whenever I tell friends about an “awesome restaurant in Fremantle that serves vegan food”, I can almost see the preconceptions playing out in their minds: terrifying thoughts of being ambushed with plates of hardcore kale, tofu, hommus, quinoa and the like. But I drag them there, kicking and screaming, and they end up virtually having to be forcibly removed from the place. Such is the appeal of The Raw Kitchen.
Set in an original 1920s warehouse on Freo’s High Street, its modest, hole-in-the-wall exterior belies the huge, bright, multi-purpose space existing behind it. It’s a hive of activity, and a haven for all things healthy and sustainable. Apart from a restaurant, it also features a lifestyle store, smoothie bar (with 12 different smoothies, with names like Peruvian caramel, Blue moon and Choc it to me), and yoga/studio space. According to its website, it’s “a space to come and be, for community, to relax, explore and connect”.
My most recent of many visits saw me zap in to get my fill of my favourite, the raw nachos. Hand-cut corn chips, tomato cucumber salsa, jalapenos, walnut refried beans, guacamole, cashew sour ‘cream’, and chives. It’s everything that’s great about nachos, without the cheese and meat. While this may sound like an oxymoron to some, the taste, textures and substance are out of this world. Not to mention the generous serve size and instagrammable presentation. But if Mexican’s not your thing, you may prefer to try something along the lines of a pad thai, yellow coconut curry, or a simple raw sandwich. There are even takeaway salads and raw pizzas . The options are varied, international and, frankly, delicious.
The establishment is now also licensed, so if Pressed Earth fruit juices and soy lattes aren’t your cup of green tea, you can just as easily unwind over a Malbec, Riesling, cider or (gluten-free) beer.
Then there’s the cake counter. Whether you’re dining in or taking out (in my case, I emerged with an oversized doggie bag bulging with a lifetime’s supply of cakes, slices and choc balls), this is not to be missed. On my hitlist were the hazelnut torte, lemon berry swirl and cappuccino slice – light, creamy and basically just sooo good, it’s hard to believe they’re all completely free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar. A particular godsend for anyone who (like me) has dietary requirements which preclude them from enjoying conventional desserts at many other restaurants. Other options include a range of raw balls, caramel, mint and cherry slices, and an array of ice-cream flavours, though the items do vary, given they’re made fresh every day.
So maybe you’re vegan, maybe you’re not. Maybe you’re keen on a long, lazy meal, or maybe you’re just popping in to grab some takeaway treats. Heck, you may even decide to buy some handmade gifts, sustainable homewares or organic beauty care products while you’re at it. Whatever your reasons, it’s definitely worth heading down to The Raw Kitchen to enjoy cruisy vibes and wholesome food with an all important focus on healthy, sustainable living.
The Raw Kitchen
181A High St, Fremantle, WA 6160