Author: Sassy Eater.
The Providore I want to talk about right now is the one nestled in a sophisticated glass house at Raffles Place, just in the heart of Singapore’s CBD.
The Providore itself has been in Singapore for quite some time. It is run and conceptualised by the guys behind Jones the Grocer, which is one of my favourite cafe as well. The Providore has several outlets in Singapore. Some that you may be familiar with are the ones in Mandarin Gallery and Tangs, Orchard. Other outlets are at Outram road and PasarBella Grandstand.
The Providore newest flagship outlet at Raffles Place offers something different. I was impressed with the first glimpse of the glasshouse where The Providore situated in. High ceilings and a full glass frontage allowed plenty of natural light to stream into its warm, inviting exterior. Tables and settings were comfortably spaced out. There were displays of The Providore’s private-labelled products, and coffee, tea blends, jams and chocolates from independent boutiques and producers. There’s also a spacious al-fresco area to savour a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
My first visit to The Providore was on the peak hours on Monday early afternoon between 1 pm – 3 pm. The second time was on a lovely Saturday late afternoon. I noticed the vibe on those occasions were dissimilar and the crowds also dressed differently. As if the executives who discussed and negotiated business on Monday swapped their suits and ties for shorts and slippers on Saturday, chatting over coffee where work is the last thing on their mind.
The menu consist of Breakfast (from 8 am – 12 pm on weekdays, from 9 am – 3 pm on weekends & public holidays), Salads (11 am – 10 pm), Sandwiches (11 am – 3 pm), Mains (12 pm – 10 pm), Snacks and Light Bites (5 pm – 10 pm) and Bread & Pastries and Beverages.
I had the Mocha ($6.5) to satisfy my caffeine and cocoa addiction in one go. The sweetness is just right, not to mention the aroma of the coffee. The Providore Coffee is currently roasted and blended exclusively by boutique coffee roaster Brother Basil in Melbourne.
I told you many times that I have a soft spot for croissant, right ? Not the kind of dense croissants that they have in Tiong Bahru Bakery or Baker & Cook, but the croissants with a delicate crusty thin flaky layers on the outside and airy and soft in the inside, with a rich flavour of butter, which I find satisfying in Maison Kayser and Antoinette. I considered the Butter Croissants in Providore was decently in-between.
The Grass-Fed Beef Burger ($28.5) was awesomely awesome! Ask for Medium to Medium Well for the beef doneness. And with provolone cheese, McClure’s pickles, lettuce, tomato and sauteed onions, served with fries and chipotle mayo, it definitely satiated my taste buds.
Unfortunately the Club Sandwich ($16.5) was an uneventful concoction of grilled chicken breast, fried egg, avocado and grilled bacon. The only notable thing was a hint of aioli spread (mayonnaise seasoned with garlic) on the sourdough toast.
There is always a space for something sweet, so on both occasions I ordered the Affogato ($8.9). First time it was served with the vanilla bean gelato, just as stated in the menu. In my second visit, one staff nicely gave me other options for the gelato, which were salted caramel gelato and Valrhona chocolate gelato. Surely I chose the salted caramel one which was proven going remarkably well with the double espresso. It was perfectly ended my meals on the sweet note.
Prices are generally on the higher side, with the cheapest main of Pappardelle Pasta at $24.5, all salads cost $18.5-$19.5 and Eggs Benedict at $19.5. So prepare for the total damage yet sweet around $40 (nett after tax) per person .
With The Providore Raffles Place grows to be the chic gathering place for morning coffee, light luncheons, afternoon tea and evening wine, and due to its proximity to Raffles Place MRT and its convenience to park at Republic Plaza, I believe my two visits are not the last ones.
The Providore Raffles Place
7 Raffles Place
+65 6533 1352
Opening Hours :
Monday – Saturday : 8 am – 10.30 pm
Sunday & Public Holiday : 9 am – 6 pm