When a friend suggested The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle for our monthly lunch, I have to admit to rolling my eyes however I thought why not give it a go and I was glad that we did. The Raw Kitchen proved to be a worth the journey from Hillarys.
It is in a large converted warehouse, quite close to Fremantle Prison. Inside, the space is split between the plant-based food restaurant, the Zero Waste retail store and a Yoga studio, which can double as an event space.
Sustainability and environmental awareness is the ethos by which the Raw Kitchen works. For example, reusable stainless steels straws are used, loyalty card are made from old menus and leftover filtered water is used to water plants.
In the kitchen, no additives, dairy, gluten or refined sugar is used and the menu reflects this ethos through raw and cooked plant-based dishes.
We chose a mushroom pizza which featured enoki and Portobello mushrooms, truffle, caramelised onion, cashew cream and fresh rocket ($20). We could have been more adventurous and chosen the Raw Pad Thai with raw zucchini noodles, almond satay sauce, bok choy, Chinese cabbage, corn, tamarind, kaffir lime and mixed sprouts ($24) or the Yellow Coconut Curry with locally made lupin tempeh, kaffir lime, chili, lemongrass, turmeric, shallots, organic quinoa, broccoli and sweet potato ($25) but decided to leave those dishes for our next visit.
We shared the pizza and two sides – Roasted baby potatoes with chimichurri Verde and cashew aioli ($8.50) and Crunchy seasonal greens (bok choy, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and onion) with olive oil, sea salt, lemon ginger dressing and toasted hemp seeds ($8). We added a bowl of house-made ferments – in this case, Kimchi for $3.
The pizza was very good with an exceptionally crispy, thin crust and we both enjoyed the different flavours in our vegetable sides.
After a suitable rest period, we ordered an Avocado and Lime tart ($9.50) to share. Appropriately enough the tart was deliciously tart and very good. A raw crust made partly with dates was excellent.
Although we enjoyed the food, I felt that all the dishes were overpriced.
On our way out we had a look around the Zero Store that bills itself as Australia’s largest plastic free and zero waste lifestyle store.
Items on offer include glass and stainless steel lunch boxes, reusable water bottles and wooden hairbrushes. Some of the more unusual items were menstrual cups, soap nuts and hemp bread bags. There is something for every member of the family from babies to pets.
It was an interesting lunch – the food was good, staff was efficient, friendly and knowledgeable about the way the restaurant and store are run and it is definitely one to take your more environmentally aware family and friends for a visit – just make sure to take a full wallet!
There is one-hour parking available on High Street but I parked at the Parry Street car park – it’s only a five-minute walk to The Raw Kitchen.
Address: 181A High Street, Fremantle
Phone: 08 9433 4647
Opening hours: Mon- Tues. 11:30-3pm, Wed-Sun 11:3 – 9
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Entertainment Book: No
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