The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne is Go!


Our new shop is open. We are shouting it from the rooftops (or from the shop floor at least!).



The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne opened it’s doors late last week and while it’s a smaller space than our Prahran store, our passion and the quality of our products is as strong as ever.


Here’s a look through the shop and some of the products on …

Dressed for Spring

Looking out the window, it may be hard to believe but it’s Spring time in Melbourne. The sun will creep through those clouds, eventually, so we are celebrating the coming warmer weather with a collection of stunning oils – including our new season olive oil – mayonnaises, vinegars and other condiments to bring out the vibrant, fresh flavours of your Spring and Summer table.


Giacobazzi Vinegars

There’s vinegars and then there’s vinegars. Like many products that are made at differing levels – from commercial to artisan – a good, balanced full-flavoured carefully made vinegar has the ability to take a dish from good to great; a dressing from fine to fancy and a sauce from tasty to wonderfully complex.

Fattorie Giacobazzi from Modena, Italy is a fifth-generation vinegar producer who make some of our favourite vinegars that …