Raw Kitchen and Espresso, Sanctuary Cove

UPDATE October 2013 – New owners, Peter and Jacki Creamer, took over Raw Kitchen and Espresso at the end of July 2013. There’s a distinct change in menu focus. Dinner is a set price of $39 per person for 2 courses or $49 for three courses. Looking over the dinner menu, we weren’t inspired.

“There’s a choice of beef, chicken or fish,” we were told by the Floor Manager. (Sounds awfully like airline food.) We dined elsewhere!

Later conversations with a couple of locals informed us that we should have looked twice. They love the Sunday sessions, they told us, chilling out with a drink and tapas overlooking the water.


Raw1 It’s perfectly understandable that Davide and Marco De Vincentiis know all about good food. Typical of children in Italian families, cooking has always been a part of everyday life, with recipes handed down through generations, each person adding their signature variation. There’s experimentation, passion and celebration. Children learn to cook in the kitchen all hands in, watching and helping their grandmother, and the extended family eat meals together around the table.

Then too, they’re from a family of restaurateurs; so owning Rish in Cavill Mall for five years and establishing ‘Nude Food’ magazine were mere preludes to Raw, the first of several restaurants Davide and Marco plan to open in Southeast Queensland. With inspiration from their heritage, they have brought the conviviality of dining together, and the practice of using the best in season produce, to bring us creative and exciting modern Australian cuisine.

Raw7 “So, is this a raw food restaurant?” we ask.

“No,” says Davide, “Our food is not raw, but our philosophy is.”

Raw is not only the name of the restaurant, but also the theme. There’s a minimalist feel to the physical environment, pine and brick feature walls, concrete floors and recycled timber tables, softened by yellow cottage flowers plucked from the fields.

Raw2 Some of the restaurant’s produce is organic, but the real focus is on fresh ingredients, from as close to the source as possible with minimal preparation, using clever combinations to enhance the natural flavours of the food. With the help of chef, Craig Pope, all preparation and baking is done in house.

We order fresh coffee, ground as it’s needed from boutique producers Marvell Street Roasters in Byron Bay, the aroma of the roast reaching us as we decide on our breakfast, wafting past us out to the yachts in the marina beyond. Sounds and smells good, but let’s reserve judgment until after the taste test…

The food is simply stunning! Delicious sourdough topped by vine-ripened tomatoes with lashings of buffalo mozzarella, a slab of avocado and fresh basil and a dribble of caramelised balsamic glaze; the delicacy of house-cured salmon with dill, topped with perfectly poached eggs and homemade hollandaise; the balance of local Olympus haloumi on mushroom caps with wilted spinach, pan-kissed Amoroso tomatoes on sourdough…

There’s a generosity of spirit evident in this food which is rare; an attitude that you’re the guest at the De Vincentiis place and that you will be given the very best. It’s the accumulation of attention to detail that adds up: fresh flowers on the tables, taking the time to train staff (in attitude and service, wine tasting, menu tasting and wine and food pairing), relevant pricing, an ambient spacious setting with a great view of water and opulence, but the real star here is the food. It’s simply sensational!

Raw9B It’s little wonder that by 8.30am on a Sunday morning the golf buggies are lined up to the kerb and every table is taken. First in best fed!

We’d love to see Raw at night lit up for a party or wedding, doors flung open so guests can flow out into the spacious paved area adjoining the restaurant. It’s such a fantastic event venue. And with such fabulous food, it’s the whole package!

So don’t be misled by the name. At Raw, they’re perfectly serious about good food and coffee. As Davide comments, “savour every sip, relish every bite and share our passion for food.”

The Docks, Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove Ph: 07 5514 8270

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6 Reviews

  1. Denise Bonney, 6 years ago

    Looking forward to dining there with many friends over the Easter School holidays, know by Marj’s review that it has to be good so looking forward to experiencing it myself

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  2. Dene Rowling, 5 years ago

    We recently drove down from Brisbane and had a leisurely lunch @ Raw . It was a beautiful day which was just perfect to enjoy Raw’s ambience and the great view over the marina.
    Where do I start … the restaurant has a crisp, clean feel about it and all the staff, particularly the wait staff are very approachable and pleasant. The overall vibe is that this is one switched on business.
    The food is excellent with main dishes around $17-$25. We both had the eye fillet sourdough panini. They were generous serves and the eye fillet melted in our mouths, and each one had half a red capsicum in it, all smeared with the delicilous relish.
    We also tried a couple of their desserts, which are made on site and they were delicious as well.
    All in all a great experience, which we plan to do again on another sunny afternoon.

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  3. Michael McEneany, 5 years ago

    This is the most amazing Brekky location for the north side of the Gold Coast, Coffee is always perfect, staff friendly and efficient, despite being rushed off their feet due to the place always being full(always a sign of a loved establishment) and the food is outstanding, must say my favorite is the Boston beans..

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  4. Garry Kilkenny, 5 years ago

    I ordered a steak sandwich. Call it by any fancy name you like but it is still a steak sanger. I specifically asked for tender steak and even offered to pay more. I got something tough and full of gristle!! My two companions did enjoy their meals but nothing to rave about. Drive past S/Cove head to the strip ay Paradise Point – great choices, great staff, great value and a choice of 6 maybe 8 eateries. It’s amazing what a little competition creates!!

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  5. Lynda, 5 years ago

    Fabulous breakfast enjoyed by all. The special ‘Baked Eggs’ were a big hit and arrived in a sizzling cast iron pan, despite being tried by everyone it was a bottomless dish and unable to be finished! Delicious! Our guest from Sydney said it was the best meal he’d had all year, and from him that’s really saying something! Went next door to the new deli opened recently by Davide and had a very friendly chat with the man himself, great to see fresh ingredients used in the restaurant available for sale. Wish it was a bit closer to town and we would be regulars. Hope the boys open something closer soon.

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  6. Lynda, 5 years ago

    After visiting for breakfast last school holidays (see review above) decided to return for lunch during this break. Disappointingly the meal was not as good as anticipated although the dishes were beautifully presented and generous servings especially the burgers, the fish and chips were a let down with dry overcooked fish which could easily have been frozen fillets, just not good enough in this location as far as we are concerned.

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