David Jones is a department store in Australia, supposedly of the higher end nature. I scoped out the store when I was here in November, and honestly, I wasn’t impressed. The downtown Sydney location close to my office felt like an old version of The Bay (a similar Canadian retailer) in desperate need of a makeover. However, thanks to a co-workers tip this afternoon, I gave it another shot – and I’m glad I did!
Actually, my opinions still stand about the store’s lackluster visage- at least about the parts I’d seen before. Armed with some updated information I charge into the store and headed straight for the escalator – DOWN, to the glorious Foodhall! I was greeted with:
• Gorgeous high end meat, cheese and seafood counters
• A beautiful patisserie – complete with a macaroon display
• A phenomenal looking delicatessen
• Boutique style restaurants – think Champagne and Oyster bar
• A ridiculous grocery section stocked with gourmet spreads and marinades along with overpriced typical grocery fare
• A ‘bottle shop’ with adjoining wine bar
Needless to say, I was impressed. I spent some time window shopping at the various counters, and through the grocery section – gawking at the prices along the way. Australia is already expensive, and this was just ridiculous!
I did manage to find a few necessities along the way, including a SIX DOLLAR bottle of Frank’s Red hot. I was helpless, it had to be mine.
My visit to the bottle shop, which was the entire purpose of my trip, was also a success. Earlier this afternoon, I had run into a coworker at the office who was grasping onto several bags that were making curious clinking sounds. When I enquired, I was instructed to locate the David Jones Foodhall.
Turns out, this particular Bottle Shop was hosting a sale on wine – or should I say bulk wine purchases. For a limited time, when you purchase four or more bottles of any wine or champagne in a single transaction you receive 35% off your whole order. I know! Wine sale! Does this even happen in Ontario? I feel like it definitely doesn’t.
Anywho, I had purchased myself of box of Red wine last week – and have been trying my hardest to enjoy it. However, as soon as I heard about the sale I knew my boxed plonk was being relegated to cooking use only. After a brief perusal, I trudged home with this spread:
So my opinion of David Jones (at least parts of it) has been salvaged.
Oh, one completely out of place item I noticed during my trek – and definitely didn’t splurge on: Baconnaise “The Ultimate Bacon Flavoured Spread”
Ya, this exists.