Tan Boon Liat Building in Tiong Bahru has got a fab new tenant: gourmet grocer, Providore! Located on the 5th floor, you will need to brave TBL’s chaotic lift system to check out their fabulous selection of beautifully-packaged treats, perfect for gifting to your foodie friends. As well as premium teas, biscuits, pastas and other food items, there’s also a large selection of wines, cookbooks and a coffee bar (in partnership with Toby’s Estate so you know their java is going to be goooood!) which will sell their own blends of coffee either in whole bean or ground form so you can take it home and get brewing yourself . We love the selection of colourful Japanese crockery, especially the espresso cups. Prices are obviously high — this ain’t exactly FairPrice, but if you’re looking to impress guests, or just have a taste for the finer things in life, you’re going to love it!
So who’s behind Providore Singapore? Well, you won’t be surprised to learn that some former members of the Jones the Grocer team (namely Bruce Chapman and Robert Collick) have their fingers in this tasty pie! And the retail store isn’t the end of the road for Providore — as we let you know first via our Facebook page, they’re opening a small cafe space in the Mandarin Gallery in the first week of July. Expect more yummy coffee, baked goodies and takeaway treats.
Our biggest hit at Providore though? The amazing ice cream sandwiches from small Aussie ice creamery, Pat and Stick’s. We couldn’t resist getting stuck right in to flavours like Vanilla Choc, Peppermint Choc Chip (a personal fave!) and Caramel Pecan. In a word… delicious! The ice cream sandwiches make the perfect bribe for littlies while mama goes wild in the aisles, and friendly staff didn’t bat an eyelid at little crawlers on the floor or sticky fingers.
We can’t wait for the new Providore Mandarin Gallery opening — fingers crossed they’ll be selling those ice cream sammies!
Providore, 315 Outram Road, #05-03 Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074
Tel: (+65) 6221 7056
Open 10am – 8pm daily