The Raw Kitchen’s unassuming entrance on High St in Freo belies its massive industrial, exposed brick interior. On a Saturday morning the place was buzzing with families, couples, and groups of friends, and the tables filled up rapidly.
As a newbie to raw food, I asked for some guidance in choosing a dish that wasn’t going to be too way out there. The friendly waitress suggested live pizza and I’m glad she did.
With a buckwheat base and topped with fresh tomato, basil, avocado and dotted with cashew macadamia cheese, my pizza slice was dee-licious. Crunchy, creamy and surprisingly filling, this pizza may be nothing like the cooked versions, but it was damned good. The fresh, raw flavours were zinging about in my mouth. Who knew raw food tasted this amazing?
I thought I’d go the whole hog (pardon the pun) and order a latte made from almond milk. Rookie mistake. I couldn’t get past the strange texture of the almond milk, and could only manage a few furry mouthfuls. Perhaps some things aren’t meant to be experimented with.
I bought a raw chocolate slice to take home. Second rookie mistake. In the mad February heat the slice in its paper bag melted like the wax on Icarus’s wings, and the inside of my handbag acquired a permanent greasy, coconuty sheen and smell.
Tip: to avoid a liquid slice, eat in store or wait for the cooler weather to take one home.