Tasting healthy raw vegan-friendly food at the newly relocated Raw Kitchen in Fremantle. Healthy, creative and delicious.
My cousin and I trekked to The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle in South of Perth, all the way from Joondalup (or what other people refer to as ‘woop woop’) the other week.
Once we got to its original location at High Street Mall in the Atwell Arcade, we discovered it closed and relocated to High Street.
Don’t be fooled by the simple exterior of this locally famous eatery. Inside, it’s an impressive two storey former warehouse with high ceilings, beautiful exposed brick work, vintage mismatched seating and unique use of sea containers as a more intimate seating option for those wanting a little privacy.
If you have been to The Raw Kitchen at its original location, you’ll remember it was in a small, intimate location with not too much space at all, with waiting lines often coming out from the store and passing other nearby shops. With the good word spreading online of its unique menu options and super healthy smoothie choices, this eatery has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, so its no wonder they’ve upgraded into a larger, open spaced warehouse to fill the demands.
Another great highlight of The Raw Kitchen is its in-house health food store that sells all your quirky super foods and nutritional products you may not find elsewhere.
Majority of staff were pleasant and efficient, however there was a mix up in taking our order at the start which delayed our food (and no, it wasn’t busy that afternoon we went). This created confusion among the waiters, but was soon settled when a senior member directly asked us to clarify what we ordered.
The decor here was attractive, vintage and quirky – perfectly reflective of the location it was in – the historic Fremantle.
For more intimate dining areas, they have re-purposed shipping sea containers which is a great touch and fits comfortably inside this huge, spacious warehouse.
The exposed brick work adds that nice industrial touch.
They have their own specialised ‘smoothie bar’ which is located near the entrance of the restaurant.
The food menu as at September 2014. Favourite customer dishes (according to the waiter) are the raw nachos and the raw pesto pasta.
For tea choices, you can choose between bojicha green, mint malange, african nectar, spring jasmine, english breakfast, vanilla bean, ginger twist, detox and white orchad. For other hot drinks, they also offer hot chocolate, fresh chai and red espresso (rooibos).
I fell in love with this water bottle so much that I wanted to keep in – and I was allowed. Thanks friendly, cool waiter dude with the mustache!
Now! To the food!
- KALE CHIPS – $12 – Organic kale with cashew, sesame, lemon and spices (Raw Dish).
- WEDGES – $11 – Rubi-lou wedges with paprika, fennel and caraway seasoned hand-cut potatoes with raw cashew macadamia aioli, sumac and thyme.
Thoughts: Wedges tasted fresh and full of an array of flavours while the sauce was absolutely delicious and very complementary! While the wedges tasted good, it was too expensive for what seemed like a tiny size portion given to us. The kale chips were just OK – it had a strange aftertaste that made us very thirsty, it either needed something to be taken out of the ingredients or something added in to enhance it more. But hey, eating kale chips was fun to try for the first time.
- RAW PESTO PASTA (above)– $24 – Zucchini noodles with pink radish, avocado, sun-dried tomato, baby spinach, capers and fresh basil (Raw dish).
- PAD THAI (bottom) – $24 – Zucchini noodles, raw almond satay sauce, capsicum, baby corn, snow peas, tamarind, kaffir lime, fresh herbs and mung bean sprouts (Raw dish).
Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed the Raw Pesto Pasta! Fresh, healthy, zucchini noodles & the array of raw ingredients! The waitress informed me this raw dish was one of their most popular, and after being reassured there was actually no pasta in it (the zucchini gets stripped into noodles to be the pasta alternative) I was like whoa, I need this in me now!
I actually don’t like traditional pasta, but boy did I love this. The zucchini noodles were the perfect substitute to pasta, the flavours worked so well together, and I can see why this is one of their most ordered raw dishes. I finished it all! Others however, may find it to be basil overload. My cousin liked her Pad Thai and the concoction of flavours, noting it was a big size and filling dish but thought it was too saucy.
As I mentioned before, The Raw Kitchen is known for their healthy smoothies just as much as their raw creations. They have their very own ‘smoothie bar’, with smoothies that are 100% dairy free and sugar free. They also serve Biobean organic coffee. We ordered:
- MANGO LASSI – $9.50 – Mango, lemon juice, vanilla, agave, ice and almond milk.
- BLUE MOON – $9.50 – Blueberry, lavender, banana, agave and almond milk.
Thoughts: They have a great selection of smoothies to choose from with the option to add nutritional boosters into them. I added the ‘phytoplankton booster’ (50% protein, omega, mineral and chlorophyll rich) for an extra $2 into my Blue Moon. The lavender tasted sublime. The Mango Lassi is a signature drink from India with a modern twist to it. It’s traditionally made up of water, yogurt and mango pulp, try them in your local Indian restaurants, but for something new and exciting, give this a go.
It is understandable as to why The Raw Kitchen has moved to a larger premises with its surge in popularity, as it can now accommodate a higher number of customers comfortably. In my opinion, it is one of, if not, Fremantle’s best food attraction. People come from far distances (like me) to get a taste of what flavoursome, raw food tastes like… and they do return.
I’ll be patiently waiting for the day they open up a store north of Perth.
The Raw Kitchen