Johnsons Overalls is one of those places that I have walked pass numerous times and never batted an eyelash at it. It wasn’t until I started this blog that I began to pay attention to the window merchandise and realised that it was more than just a haven for chefs and restaurants. They sold kitchenware to the public. However, it is obvious that dressing chefs is their main drawcard. They have shelves upon shelves and huge racks dedicated to smartening up the geekiest of apprentices.
I enter the store and I am immediately drawn to a shelf of sauce tubs, pickling jars, mixing bowls and measuring jugs.
At the very top of the shelf I find some wooden blocks with carved out shapes for mooncakes. I gawk at this find because I walked the length of Mongkok and Yu Mei Tai in Hong Kong to look for the perfect block as a gift for my mother, only to find that they can be found here on our shores.
I also had to use every muscle in my body to refrain from buying up their jar section. They are too cute to be true!
“Hey Amy!” Pizzaboy calls from around the corner.
“You gotta come here and see this!”
“Shut up. I’m busy taking photos of the chopping boards!”
“Forget about the chopping boards. Look at all these cookie cutters!!”
There are cookie cutters of every shape, size and form. They have sections dedicated to special days such as Easter, Christmas, Valentines Day and Halloween.
Next to the cookie cutter shelf there is a cabinet of food colours in liquid and powder form. There are an amazing array of colours and I pick up a few bottles.
“Err, excuse me Miss Amy?”
“What do you need all those bottles for?”
“There for when I bake stuff.”
“…and when are you going to bake stuff.”
“I dunno. I’m getting them just in case I need them.”
“Hmmm. Why can’t you buy them when you need them?”
“They don’t exactly have convenient opening hours.”
I turn the corner and find the cabinet full of baking tins of every shape and form. I instantly have a vision of cakes that I could make with all the tins that I come across. However, after the above scolding I get from Pizzaboy I decide to ease off on the tins… for now.
Towards the back of the store there is a wall dedicated to every pot, pan, wok and skillet for the serious cook. I can’t help but glide my hands over the paella pans and marvel at the weight of the heavy-bottomed frying pans.
OMG! Look at the size of this whisk! Its almost as long as my leg!
Johnson Overalls & Kitchen Ware Pty Ltd
739 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9211 3128
Monday to Friday – 9.00am-5.00pm
Saturday – 9am-12noon