When I was young, besides gameboys and playstations as entertainment, the next best thing I looked forward was playing at the HDB void decks with my neighbours. Our big group would run and scream at the top of our lungs (only to be complained by unfriendly adults).
And when we tire ourselves or in need of a drink? We dash across the road to the nearest mama shop, grab a can of fizzy drink or even that 20 cents a stick popsicle. Then spend the rest of the day slacking or even making new friends from the other side of the block. That’s my childhood impression of a provision shop.
But The Provision Shop at Everton Park isn’t your typical snack-cluttered shop. It’s more like a westernised cafe with a cozy deco and made vintage with the laminated foldable wooden tables and kopitiam glass cups that few cafeteria would use today.
On their menu, ranging from salads to handmade fettuccine pastas might make you wonder there isn’t anything unique to this place on first glance. But do read the finer details to find out more about each dish. I quite like their Traditional Carbonara ($14.00) with their thick strands of pasta but it would have been better if there were more sauce. If not, opt for their pressed sandwiches which have been well-received by many bloggers (read here, here and here) came before me.
The Butternut Squash, Spinach & Tomato Pesto Lasagna ($12.00) was a hit among my friends due to the nutty aftertaste derive from the squash. But just like the Egg Benedicts ($10.00), I could greatly appreciate if the portions were bigger. Not that I love kicking up a fuss for nothing but I just like my brunch to be filling and hearty.
Our Mocha ($5.00) and Cappuccino ($5.00) both served in dainty coffee cups were pleasant to the eyes but somehow it didn’t emit that coffee-ish aroma that I usually expect just before my first sip.
I’ve actually read quite a few reviews before deciding to drop by this cafe. From cold and unfriendly staffs to boring if not not ill-prepared food. I think these are all minor hiccups most cafes are bound to face at the beginning. While my expectations of their coffee weren’t met, their service crews were patient with our fickle minds in-between orderings and were quick to apologise when our orders got mixed up.
Is there room for improvement? Perhaps their dessert menu might needs to be revamp since they’re facing (in my opinion) two already well-established dessert specialty shop in the vicinity.
The Provision Shop
3 Everton Park #01-79
Tel: +65 6225 9931.
Mon to Sat: 10.00am to 8.00pm
Sun: 9.00am to 6.00pm