Looking for a special herb, spice or utensil? These shops will help you find exactly what you need to nail that tricky recipe – and impress your friends
Ever wanted a copper bowl so large you could whip up a small suburb’s worth of soufflés? Ever hankered for an industrial-sized bucket of Maldon sea salt? Chefs’ Warehouse on Albion Street in Surry Hills supplies the local hospitality industry with everything from dariol moulds to cookbooks, mixers and even glassware. You could furnish your entire kitchen in one visit. Just look for the giant egg beater.
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This family-run company has long been a supporter of Sydney’s young up-and-coming chefs, supplying their uniforms and kitting them out for those first few years of their apprenticeship. Check out their store in Darlinghurst for a fantastic range of knives as well as cookbooks and an impressive selection of pastry tools.
Run by Don and Margaret Prasad, this spice shop specialises in Fijian and Pacific ingredients but also has a great range of Indian and Sri Lankan foods. Even more impressively, they sell all sorts of spangly accessories – everything you need to create an exotic and delicious hideaway, all within the city limits.
The best place around for boutique ingredients and equipment including gold leaf, moulds and duck fat. The front half of the store will sorely tempt any home-chef with gleaming new Le Creuset pots and Riedel glassware, or if edible indulgences are the order of the day there is couverture chocolate and foie gras aplenty.
Head to Herbies, where there are more spices available than you can poke a cinnamon stick at. In addition to both your exotic and garden variety flavours, Herbies does spectacular ready-made mixes for laksas, curries, tagines, barbecuing and all-round seasoning. There are even spice appreciation courses to help you get the most out of your cooking.