Dessert is something of a guilty pleasure. Everybody loves dessert, but most people will succumb to internal justifications before indulging in a sweet treat: 'I went for a walk last week, so I've earned this wedge of chocolate cake'. Sound familiar? Thankfully, Raw Trader, a new healthy dessert bar, has set up shop in Melbourne's CBD, offering incredible treats without the side of guilt.
Raw Trader is the first venture into hospitality for owner, chef and all round foodie, Emily Samyue. After years climbing the corporate ladder, Samyue made the bold decision to jump ship and start her own café, embracing a background in food technology. Raw Trader is an expression of Samyue's love of food and of holistic health and wellbeing, and offers an extensive range of vegan, organic, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and – of course – raw cakes and treats. It's a genius combination really, since while Melbournians are becoming more health conscious and health aware, we still demand the highest quality when it comes to eating out. And Raw Trader has absolutely every base covered.
Located on an alley off Little Lonsdale Street, Raw Trader's front display cabinet offers an ever-rotating selection of indulgent treats, with Samyue making daily whatever she feels inspired to create. While only opening two and a half weeks ago, items like the caramel slice and the cherry ripe slice have already become fast favourites, while other treats on the rotation include chia pudding, mango and passionfruit cheesecake, almond and macadamia balls, choc and banana slice, and choc orange chocolates. On our visit, the deconstructed berry mousse tart was debuting on the menu, and we're quietly confident it will be there to stay – light, flavoursome and entirely lacking the sickly sweetness you find with too many desserts, it was an absolute winner.
Raw Trader also offer a wide range of house made beverages, including their own coffee blend, a range of teas and raw hot chocolate, made with their home made raw organic almond milk. They also offer a number of breakfast granolas, which, like the coffee blend, are available in take-home packs. Absolutely everything you find at Raw Trader has been made by the team, and everything is as unbelievably delicious as it is guilt free.
The security of a highflying corporate life is all fine and dandy, but sometimes it's worth the risk to throw it all in to follow your passion. Raw Trader, with its perfect balance of decadence and wellbeing, is proof of that.
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