Thursday, August 26, 2010
Its not hard to find places for afternoon tea in Singapore. Besides hotel lounges, we have the almost-everywhere Starbucks and TCC, or the more upmarket ones like Royal Copenhagen and Canele. And I just found out that Provence Cafe has pretty good sandwich sets too!
Located at Ion Orchard, this was their 2nd sit-in cafe after their original outlet at Holland Village, though they have a few other Petit Provence branches for speedy takeaways. Ordering was fast food-like: queueing at counters while browsing the wall menu, taking a number as you wait for the food to be delivered. Service was polite and courteous as you would expect of its Japanese origin.
The sets came with beverage options of coffee, tea or juices. The coffee had a nice dark aroma, adding hokkaido milk and sugar to our own liking. I doubted that the orange juice was freshly squeezed, but at least it wasn't from concentrated syrup.
Tuna Toast ($4.50), Ham Katsu Toast ($4.80)
The girlfriend had craving for tuna, so this suited her well! Sandwiched between two nicely-browned toasts, the thick filling was accompanied with slices of crisp lettuce. Though nothing spectacular, I was glad that it tasted fresh and not overly mushy.
The ham katsu was deep-fried upon order, making sure that you have a piping hot sandwich everytime! There wasn't too much oil residue as each bite of the crumb coating gave a resounding crunch. Simple pleasure!
Mini Croissant ($0.60), Cream Cheese Sesame Roll ($0.80)
Why not add on their signature croissant? It was as good as ever with sugar lightly coated over their buttery, fluffy dough. The other one was really nice as well, with fragrance of black sesame and solid cubes of savoury cream cheese within. Bring more of them home for breakfasts!
Bill for two was $10.70 with GST only, cheaper than proper cafes and definitely not losing out on taste. Portions might be slightly small for hungry males, but I guess would be sufficient for ladies even for a light lunch or dinner. I see that they have mini bread pizzas too. Next time!
Provence Bakery and Cafe
#B4-07/08, ION Orchard
Tel: 6509 3926
Taken with Nikon D70