Bunbury eats: Natural Temptation and The Plant Organic Cafe & Market

Another blast from the past post, jumping in the time machine and rewinding a few months back to when we passed through Bunbury.

After our drive back up from Albany with our brand spanking new (second hand) engine, I was keen to stop in at a new place I’d heard about called The Plant Organic Cafe and Market. As the name suggests, The Plant is a cafe that also offers a range of organic fresh produce and grocery items. It’s a neat and inviting little set up on the corner of an arcade, and there are a couple of funky little tables outside along the arcade.

When we arrived, we found out that it had only been open a week or two, and they didn’t have any lunch items on the menu yet. Never fear though, there was a selection of raw cakes and smoothies on offer that looked and sounded incredible, so we decided to go and grab lunch elsewhere and come back for the cake.

As I had spent quite a bit of time in Bunbury one year prior to this visit (while completing my uni placement), I was fairly familiar with the town and remembered that there was a place just up the road called Natural Temptation that had several vegan options on offer.

I’m going to be honest – I was more eating lunch out of maturity than anything else, because by now I just wanted to eat cake. Nevertheless, we found some raw wraps that sounded pretty good and Billy and I got one each.

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These were listed on the menu as being filled with lime slaw, beet and greens, and dressed with capsicum avocado guacamole. It sounded pretty good. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really determine the flavour of the lime slaw or the capsicum avocado guacamole – if they were in fact in there at all.

I enjoy raw food, but Billy usually has to be convinced by something particularly impressive, and this just didn’t make the cut. And I would have to agree that this was quite bland. Kind of the equivalent of a salad roll from the bakery. It’s salad, in a roll….not much more can be said. This was a bit of a shame, as the year before when we had visited I’m sure we had eaten something tasty.

It was also kind of disappointing to see it come out wrapped in plastic cling wrap. It kind of negates the biodegradable napkin underneath, and I don’t really think it’s a great way to serve something to customers who are dining in.

Edit 30/01/15: I was recently contacted by someone at Natural Temptation to advise that they have ditched the plastic wrapping and revised the dressings in the wrap. How good is that? I love when businesses take on board feedback from their customers, especially when it benefits the environment too. Way to go Natural Temptation 🙂

Aaanyway, after lunch we headed straight back to The Plant to get us some of that cake. There were three cakes on offer, so we immediately had to eliminate one from the mix.

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Billy immediate went for the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and can you blame him? Look at that beauty! And after much deliberation, I chose the nut free banana mousse cake.

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Now I have eaten many a raw cake in my time, but let me tell you this – these cakes have got to be some of the best. Seriously.

I was completely in love with the banana mousse…it was so light and silky for a raw dessert, and packed with banana-y goodness and flavour. Luckily for me, Billy liked his own cheesecake better and for once we didn’t end up having food envy of one another and swapping plates halfway through. That’s not to say I didn’t like the cheesecake – it was absolutely divine. But having cake so soon after lunch, the lighter banana mousse cake was just what I needed.

Billy also got a smoothie – I think of the banana description. It’s been so long I can barely remember. I remember it being good though.

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The service at the Plant was fantastic, the guys there are super friendly and willing to have a chat, and make you feel very welcome in the space. As we got up to leave, the one we had initially spoken to on the way in was packing us up a piece of the final cake (choc-coconut) for the road. He claimed it was because it was the end of the day and the cakes would get thrown out, but I suspect he is just a super nice person.

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I doubt I need to tell you how great this was, so I won’t go on….but I will tell you for your own good – if you are ever in the Bunbury area, go visit The Plant and taste their incredible cakes. You won’t be sorry!

I can’t wait to get back there and see what else they’re doing. Keep up the good work guys!

Natural Temptation
47 Stephen St, Bunbury W.A
Mon – Fri – 7.30am – 5.30pm (until 6.30pm on Thursdays)
Sat – 8am – 4pm

The Plant Organic Cafe & Market
Shop 1, 20 Stephen St, Bunbury W.A
Tues – Sat – 9am – 5pm (until 6pm on Thursdays)

8 thoughts on “Bunbury eats: Natural Temptation and The Plant Organic Cafe & Market

  1. There is a small town also called Albany in Oregon, about an hour away. Awesome that there’s also another Albany there. The Plant sounds like a lovely place, I love seeing fresh produces & grocery products at a cafe, too. Lime slaw and capsicum avocado both sound delish, but what a shame about the flavors! I love intricate and flavorful raw foods, I can’t stand bland foods at all. Both of the cakes look beautiful and I want some! x Rika

    1. Oh really? How funny! There are so many double (or even triple or more) up towns around the world, it’s crazy repetitive. Yes, the wrap sounded amazing…I might have to try and create it myself so that I can get that flavour fix 🙂

  2. I’m so bummed you had a bad experience at The Natural Temptation Cafe. Though admittedly those wraps have never taken my fancy. Their bakes, hot foods & salads have been a favourite of mine for years! I did pop in to The Plant today for the first time & you’re spot on about the service. Such lovely guys in there and the produce is amazing. My daughter & I had a choc energy ball which was amazing. Will definatly be going back for cake next time.

    1. Hi Kath! I wouldn’t say it was bad, but I guess I had higher hopes for it. It was definitely outshone by the Plant too! You definitely have to try the cake – it is absolutely divine. Are they serving savoury food now, or still focusing on sweets? X

  3. Hi little vegan bear.Thanks for your comments some time ago re: our raw wrap.We have since ditched the gladwrap and opted for paper wrap and have revised the dressing in the filling.Regards Annie

    1. Hi Annie, thank you so much for getting in touch. I am so glad to hear of the positive changes you guys have made, I’m glad the feedback was useful! I’m going to edit my post to reflect the changes, and I will definitely stop in next time I’m over that way and check it out. 🙂

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