The Raw Kitchen

The Raw Kitchen started two years ago when owner Olivia Scott started a cake kitchen that wholesaled products to cafes and made-to-order for private clients. A year and a half later the café opened on Ponsonby Road after building up a strong following and demand for the products and brand. The business grew from one, Scott, to 13 people in the first two years of opening. The business moved around from kitchen to kitchen in the first year, before moving into the current space on Ponsonby Road.
“The idea came to me after being a raw foodie myself for a couple of years, studying nutrition at the time. There was nobody specializing in raw sweets, and selling to cafes. I also have a particular style that has allowed me to create a brand that people like and can relate to,” Scott said.
Scott’s partner Joss helps her out while running his business Well+Good Juice at City Works Depot. Scott designed the menu. The shop is mainly take away, however they have plenty of customers that prefer to sit in and eat.
“We use crockery and cutlery to create an experience that feels like the food has been made especially for them. I wanted the fit out to reflect the food, a natural approach to textures and ‘raw’ surfaces. We used lots of natural wood, marble and brass for props and surfaces to bring out the beauty and colour of the food,” Scott said.
All the food is dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free and vegan. The breakfast range includes the popular ‘Breakfast Cup’ with dehydrated muesli, coconut yoghurt and fresh fruit, Bircher muesli, chia seed puddings, bruschetta on raw bread and peanut butter and chia seed jelly on raw bread.