The Providore – Cafe In A Glasshouse In The Middle of Raffles Place
A freaking glasshouse in the middle of Raffles Place, right next to the MRT station. Location so prime, you are not going to miss this.
The Providore has really gone big on this one, with an all-day dining restaurant opened 7 days a week literally in the heart of Singapore’s CBD.
Providore was initially named as the team wanted to be “one who makes provision and supplies provisions”.
It has other outlets at Mandarin Gallery, Outram, PasarBella Grandstand and Tangs, and is a considered a prominent F&B brand in Singapore.
This flagship at Raffles can be considered a café and provisions retail store, for dine-in meals and quick takeaways. There is even an outdoor terrace.
I visited twice at slightly off peak hours, but business was still brisk. Executives could be seen discussing / meeting / negotiating / gossiping over drinks (alcohol in the middle of the day).
Possibly THE current place to be seen (or not to be seen if your boss is around) in the CBD.
The menu consist of Breakfast (from 8am – 12pm), Salads (11am – 10pm), Sandwiches (11am – 3pm), Mains (12pm – 10pm), Snacks (5pm – 10pm) and pastries.
To note: prices are generally on the higher side, with the cheapest main of Pappardelle Pasta at $24.50. All salads cost $19.50 and a typical English Breakfast is priced at $20.50. This is without additional taxes yet.
I have yet to try an extensive enough number of items, but probably will in time to come.
The Lobster Mac & Cheese ($25.50) for its price turned out to be disappointing. Despite being served in a cast iron pan, the pasta was just moderately-warm.
Service staff warned, “Be careful, it’s hot.” But no, it wasn’t.
Perhaps Providore is going for a healthier take on Mac and Cheese, though a renaming to “pasta with cheese” may be more apt. It just wasn’t cheesy enough. Lobster? Small pieces here and there. Pasta? From the packet.
I returned for a salad. The Crispy Calamari with Rocket ($19.50) presented itself as quite a healthy version, and its dressing of lemon added some bright zest and taste. Good enough.
The café stocks a selection of The Providore’s private-labelled products, and offers a range of cakes and pastries for both dine-in and takeaway.
Service’s great by the way. Despite the so-so food, I think the glasshouse should continue to pack the crowds.
The Providore @ Raffles Place
7 Raffles Place Singapore 048625
Tel: +65 6533 1352
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (Mon – Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun, PH)
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