Finding that Main Ingredient

If you are reading this, you probably love food, and find that sourcing interesting products in  South Africa can sometimes be a challenge. We dont yet have access to all the exciting ingredients and products that we all see in recipe books or on the food channel programmes

But things have changed. We set up Main Ingredient in 2002 to fulfill that need - to find the best and most unusual ingredients our customers were looking for and put them in one shop. We are very proud of having influenced the growth of interest in good wine and fine dining in South Africa

We were awarded the Eat Out Guide's Outstanding Outlet Award every year between 2006 and 2010. Now, many of the products which we were the first to stock can be found in other speciality stores and even in supermarkets

We moved out of our Kloof Road, Sea Point, premises at the end of April 2010 and took the business online

Sadly, the South African Post Office and its troubles made sending products to customers too much of a nightmare, so we decided, with great reluctance, to close our online shop. We still have some stock, especially spices, so we can supply them from our home if you call us and enquire

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We sold salts, spices, preserves, vinegars, sauces, chocolate, luxury goods such as patés, duck fat, truffles: fresh to order, in jars, in oil; tins of duck confit, the best vanilla products and other real flavour extracts (we would never sell fake essences or food colourings).In addition to some excellent South African products like Protea Hill Farm’s wonderful herb and fruit vinegars, we sold delicacies from Spain, Italy, France, England, the Mediterranean, Middle and Far East, even the Americas. We still have a huge network of food sources, so we can often advise you where to find things that we don't sell. And Lynne is happy to give advice on how to use and cook ingredients.

60 Arthurs Rd Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape Phone +27 21 439 3169 or mobile +27 83 229 1172