Anybody with the slightest interest in food in our fair city would have heard of this top shelf providore a long time ago. Simon Johnson … Purveyor of Quality Foods.
Kiwi-born Johnson started out nurturing his keen interest in food as an apprentice chef, cooking for a number of years in restaurants in Sydney and Auckland before settling back in Sydney. Five years after officially calling the Emerald City home he opened a unique showroom in Pyrmont geared towards chefs wanting high quality ingredients, and before long it was opened to the public for all of us to enjoy.
This iconic providore has formed a perfect template for fine foods and ingredients, imported as well as local, to tempt us all. One thing you must remember before stepping foot into this dimly-lit den is to leave your budget at the door. Quality imported and artisan products come with premium price tags.
It may look severley over-stocked but there is a certain amount of organisation going on.Condiments and mustards are grouped together in colourful labelled jars and containers, sweets and chocolates have their own area, tea and coffee are grouped with gorgeous hand-made pots and cups and most importantly (in my opinion) the cheese has its own cool-room in the centre of the room. This fromagerie really is something else. An absolute mecca for the cheese lover.
There’s a nice selection of homewares and kitchen apparatus such as tea pots, bowls, gadgets and chopping boards.
MInnoDBge Frerez cup & saucer $46
Well-trained staff are always eager to help you out and quite knowledgeable with the products they sell and I love the complimentary strong coffee you get, if requested, when you’re browsing and buying.