An Adventure: Raw Trader and Niew Amsterdam

Regan and I have had a big and busy few months. We decided it was time to visit the city and spoil ourselves a little, the best way we know how: food!

We did dessert before dinner. Because, why not!

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We popped in to Raw Trader for some organic and raw, sweet treats.

Regan had the cappuccino cheesecake, while I had the peach and passionfruit slice. Both were amazing in texture and flavour, but I have to say once I tasted Regan’s- I proposed a swap. He declined.

On to dinner!

There is a little bar/restaurant tucked away in a little laneway in Melbourne. Hardware Lane to be exact.

It has a dark exterior and a doormat out the front. Naturally, Regan and I wandered in. Downstairs is a dark bar, with booths and candles providing dim, flickering ambience. Upstairs, the restaurant component is light with big arch windows and tables in every nook.

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Upstairs resaurant- Niew Amsterdam


To start, we splurged on the scallops. BEST DECISION! I cannot even begin to describe how amazing this dish was. Scallops, mango gazpacho, avo and chillies. Wow.

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Regan ordered Beef Brisket with Kimchi, and I the Pork Belly with Sauerkraut. Both meals were tender, juicy and best of all- delicious! We sat swapping plates every few minutes because both of them were just that good.

Beef Brisket
Beef Brisket and kimchi veges
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Pork Belly with crackling and Sauerkraut

We ordered a side of greens with seaweed salt, and a naughty serve of wedges. Regan indulged in some craft beers from the bar, and I had a delicious cocktail.

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Niew Amsterdam was a little more on the expensive side of where we normally choose to dine. The service was amazing, with friendly, attentive staff; and the quality of the food was beyond what we expected.

Niew Amsterdam, we will be back. Thank you for an amazing dining experience!


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