The Raw Kitchen
The owners of The Raw Kitchen, Emma (a student of integrated medicine) and Heath Gilbert, passionately believe that everyone should have a connection with the source of their food. This belief is the guiding inspiration behind their unique venue, founded in a refurbished 1920s warehouse. Opened in 2013 in Fremantle, this multifaceted space includes a yoga studio, a smoothie bar, a large upstairs space for events and workshops, and even their own retail store stocked with specialty products, books, organic skin and home care items, and local/eco/handmade gifts. The Raw Kitchen has risen to become one of the most popular whole food nutrition joints in Perth, thanks to the care they put into serving and sourcing wholesome food that not only tastes great, but makes you feel great, too. Their preservative-free menu is clearly grounded in the idea that our choices of food should be influenced by sustainability, ethicality and respect for the environment, as much as by what is healthy for us individually. Star attractions include the popular raw nachos; the live zucchini pasta with tomato pasta sauce, avocado, mushroom, and kalamata olives, basil, ‘parmesan’ and cracked black pepper; and the raw sandwich on dehydrated flax bread with avocado, marinated mushroom, mango salsa, fresh salad, raw cashew mayonnaise and alfalfa. For those looking for a hot meal, the wheat and gluten-free pizza does not disappoint.
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 11.30am – 3.30pm; Friday to Saturday: 11.30am – 9pm
Watch out for: The raw nachos
The Raw Kitchen, 181A High St, Fremantle, Australia, +61 8 9433 4647
With 360-degree views of the Swan River from its Barrack Square home, Annalakshmi is a renowned purveyor of Indian vegetarian cuisine amongst Perth locals. What is truly unique about Annalakshmi is that it works on a policy of ‘eat what you like, pay as you feel’: their customers pay whatever amount they feel the meal was worth. All of the money is then collected by the volunteers who run the restaurant, and donated to help the less fortunate and deprived. In Hinduism, it’s said that the greatest deed one can do is feeding someone – this is called ‘Anna dhannam’. The Annalakshmi enterprise is a place that supports this act of giving from the heart, where food is cooked with selfless love and positive energy. If this inspirational operating model wasn’t enough to tempt your custom, then just consider the food itself! Diners can take trays and completely overload them with whatever amazing food is waiting on the buffet table: mountains of lentil and coconut, potato and bay leaves, saffron and/or white rice. Just make sure you have a little room left for coffee and kheer (a traditional South-Asian sweet dish made of boiled rice, milk and sugar).
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 2pm, 6.30pm – 9pm
Watch out for: ‘The eat as you like, pay what you feel’ policy
Annalakshmi, Barrack Square, Jetty 4 Riverside Dr, Perth, Australia, +61 8 9221 3003
Veggie Mama in Mount Lawley has a menu that specializes in gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free meals. It’s a café/lunch bar, so all kinds of working diners can drop in at their convenience. The showstoppers here are the fresh salads: think silverbeet, hearty chickpeas, crunchy broccoli, textured coconut and vitamin packed beetroot. A bain marie contains warm dishes such as nutty patties, curries, filo parcels and cauliflower cheese. Veggie Mama has no pretension: it simply offers a regular café style dining experience, with a modest list of dishes done really well. This is a great pit-stop while shopping the Mount Lawley strip, or on the way out to Hyde Park.
Opening Hours: Monday to Tuesday: 8am – 7pm; Wednesday to Friday: 8am – 9pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Watch out for: The array of gluten, egg and dairy free salads including silverbeet and chickpeas
Veggie Mama, 5/567 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley, Australia, +61 8 9227 1910
Genesis in the Hills
Genesis in the Hills is a vegetarian fine dining restaurant located in the hills at Roleystone, neighboring the Araluen Park. Using only the freshest whole food ingredients (local and organic wherever possible), Genesis serves plenty of raw, vegan and gluten-free foods for all dietary disciplines. The chef, Kathleen, uses her background in nutritional medicine to ensure that her weekly menus accommodate diners with special culinary and health requirements, as well as individual requests concerning food allergies and intolerances. Whatever your needs may be, every single dish is infused with creative flair and delicious flavor. Genesis has brunch, lunch and snack offerings for every palate: freshly squeezed juices; fresh, gourmet home-baked cakes; quinoa chai porridge; polenta with mushrooms; the falafel open burger; the Asian tempeh wrap; and a lavish number of salads, dipping plates and platters. Genesis also displays a strong collaborative streak with the wider community; each first Saturday of the month includes a Lunch Live Jazz session with some of Perth’s most talented musicians, and the venue also hosts an art exhibition which changes monthly.
Opening Hours: Thursday: 10.30am – 5pm; Friday to Sunday: 8.30am – 5pm
Watch out for: The quinoa chai porridge
Genesis in the Hills, 124 Croyden Rd, Roleystone, Australia, +61 8 9397 7799
Something Raw makes good on its name, serving up raw food made from local, seasonal and mainly organic ingredients, and containing no animal, gluten, wheat, refined or processed products. Before your eyes roll or your heart sinks, know that it’s not just lifeless salads at Something Raw. Alongside smoothies and teas, you can expect to find raw lasagna, falafel wraps, Asian hotpot served with vegetables and kelp/zucchini noodles, Acai bowls, and plenty of colorful and tempting desserts.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 3am
Watch out for: The entirely raw menu – no animal, gluten or wheat!
Something Raw, 1/19 Gibson St, Mandurah, Australia, +61 8 9582 9898
Ferns Heaven Raw Vegan Cafe
Located on Montreal Street in Fremantle on the former site of the Western Farmer’s Market, Ferns Heaven Raw Vegan Cafe (or just Fern Raw) sprung up from a popular community garden on the premises that provided initiatives for Freo locals. The raw café makes use of fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in the gardens, where even the customers might be expected to lend a hand in from time to time! Diners can sit amongst the pecking chickens, cabbage butterflies, and other strains of wildlife onsite to enjoy menu items like vegan pizza (2 slices of pizza with a walnut, zucchini, herb and flaxseed base, and cashew cheese, our own tomato paste, marinated mushrooms, olives, capsicum, onion, nut sour cream and basil), the vegan enchilada (soft taco made from corn, zucchini and capsicum with salad, cashew cheese, capsicum dip, avocado and nut sour cream topped with sundried tomato), the zoom burger (dehydrated onion bread with a dehydrated mushroom and veggie patty with cashew cheese, ketchup and salad), raw zucchini pasta, and dehydrated cookies. The café also runs raw food demonstrations and cooking classes every Sunday.
Watch out for: The zoom burger
Ferns Heaven Raw Vegan Cafe, 26 Montreal St, Fremantle, Australia, +61 418 742 917
Flora and Fauna
Tucked away in Northbridge you’ll find Flora and Fauna, a boutique cafe and gift shop combo with a simple, successful mission of helping to brighten your day. The space is tiny, but that only serves to highlight the deep warmth of the service here.
Flora and Fauna serves locally roasted coffee, juices, and a selection of fine teas from Harney and Sons, ranging from apple and cinnamon to mango. Flora and Fauna serves a lovely daily lunch menu and refreshes their cabinets daily with treats such as salads, raw cakes, bagels and veggie wraps. Edible flowers are used in foods on top of cakes etc., and everything served is vegan.
Furthermore, the boutique is beautifully decorated with plants and flowers which only adds to the cozy atmosphere.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 7.30am – 5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am – 3pm
Watch out for: The tea selection from Harney and Sons
Flora and Fauna, 4/70 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, Australia, +61 468 948 281
By Alex MacKay