The Essential Ingredient Surry Hills

UPDATE 14-11-2018

Work has begun on our exciting new retail space at Surry Hills and our Pop-Up is only 5 sleeps away, so now is the time to start thinking about sprucing up your kitchen equipment and those all important, unique gifts for the foodies in your life. Read on to find out a bit more about what’s on offer at our Surry Hills Pop-Up and what else is to come when we officially open on February 1, 2019.


Our Surry Hills Pop-Up will be hamper packing central, so if you are looking for a gift to surprise and delight the enthusiastic cook or even the avid kitchen gardener, you are sure to find the perfect hamper in store. Want to customise your gift hamper for that extra fussy friend or put together the perfect corporate gift box? Not a problem! Our team can help you create that extra special combination that shows just how much you appreciate the recipient(s)

Click here to see our ready-made range


Get those well-loved blades back to their best with our weekly knife sharpening service. Using a sapphire belt, David from King of Sharp will rejuvinate your blades, leaving them with a razor sharp, mirror-finished cutting edge. Have knives with chips or broken tips on them? No worries! For a small fee David can return your kitchen blades to perfect working order. No more chips or broken tips for your precious culinary tools.

Knife sharpening: $9 per knife
Blade repair: $15 per knife
Kitchen & sewing scissors (must be detachable): $9 per pair


We don’t believe in complicated rewards programs so we decided to keep it super simple. When you sign up to The Essential Ingredient Surry Hills/Rozelle membership program you receive an immediate, everyday saving of 5% off your total purchase every time you shop. There are some exclusions like electrical and already discounted items, but the discount applies to more than 90% of our product lines, which means you are guaranteed to save on that basket full of essential ingredients.

But wait…there’s more!

Sign up in store at Surry Hills and get an immediate $10 off your first purchase when you spend $20 or more. It’s our way of saying thank you for popping in to our not-so-little Pop-Up! Conditions apply. Limit 1 redemption per customer. Offer expires 31/12/2018.


As the months roll on we will continue to reveal different parts of our NEW Surry Hills store as they are completed. We can’t wait to share this beautifully designed retail space with you in 2019, but do ask that you be patient with us as some regularly stocked items from our Rozelle store will not be available at Surry Hills from our Pop-Up opening until the build is complete on February 1.

What you can expect though is that all our essential branded products will be available as well as our best selling and best quality food and giftware essentials.


NEWS 18-10-2018

The Essential Ingredient Rozelle is pleased to announce that we will be opening a pop up store within our future home at 146 Foveaux Street Surry Hills from November 19, 2018.


Featuring the very best Essential Ingredient brands from Australia and across the globe, and a hand picked selection of our most popular kitchenware pieces, our little pop up will give you a taste of what is to come when we make our Grand Opening on Friday February 1 2019.

All your Essential favourites under one roof

‘Pop-up’ by name only, the store will carry all The Essential Ingredient products that our customers have come to love, as well as entertaining must-haves to see you through the holiday period. We will also be keeping your tabletop in style with our most sought after tableware pieces including Robert Gordon, Andrew Cope, Mud Australia and our extensive range of wine , cocktail and everyday drinking glasses.

Professional cooks will be covered too with a selection of professional knives, industry leading cookware from Le Creuset and Staub, award winning utensils, timber kitchen tools and cutting boards and our enviable range of high-end cake decorating ingredients and equipment.

A World Class Cooking School

Every last design element of The Essential Ingredient Surry Hills store has been poured over to ensure that our customers can enjoy exploring our exceptional range of products in a uniquely beautiful retail environment. The Cooking School as the centrepiece of our new home will feature stunning countertops and splash-backs by DEKTON Ultracompact Surfaces, feature tiling by BetterTiles Surry Hills and the world’s best domestic appliances supplied by SUBZERO WOLF.

The new Cooking School will also have an uninterrupted view of the retail floor thanks to a focus on open planning. This has allowed us to create an adaptable space that can accommodate the large-format celebrity chef events that we know you love, while maintaining the intimate feel of our hands-on classes.

So here’s what is happening with Christmas 2018

It is all go here at Rozelle through Christmas and right up to our last day on Sunday January 6. We will be fully stocked with more Christmas treats than ever before and because this is our last Christmas in Rozelle our Christmas Caper shopping event will be our biggest yet.

All your other essential products will still be fully stocked in Rozelle until our final day, so you needn’t worry about going without during the very important holiday entertaining period. Remember too, that our new Surry Hills store will be open 7 days from November 19 so there will be no interruption to trade.

Why we are moving

In late 2016 our building (which we rent) was sold and over the past 2 years has been subject to several development applications, all of which would shrink the retail floor by 75% and result in extensive building works happening above and below the store and in the car park. As a result we are unable to stay and unfortunately could not find a suitable home in the Inner West. We are extremely sad to be leaving the community that has supported us for nearly a decade and hope that we can continue to serve you in our beautiful new home in vibrant Surry Hills.

Keep an eye on your inbox for your invite to our Grand Opening Night, Friday 1st of February 2019.

If you have any questions about our move or what to expect at our new store please feel free to contact us on +612 9555 8300 or email your enquiry to