Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Necessary Provisions – Comforting Cafe



Necessary Provisions ('NP') are only a handful of cafes that are located in the west part of Singapore. Opened by the group of like minded people behind Smitten Coffee, it offers a unique open cafe experience to its diners.


To say its location is pretty accessible is an understatement, as it is located in the middle of housing estate. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you will have to depend on bus or taxi. However, once you are at the place (the relaxed and most open concept cafe I've ever seen) will encourage you to stay back and have a few more drinks or chow before you hit the road again. You have the choice of indoor or outdoor seating as well.

The Coffee Machine

For coffee lovers like myself, you can have Espresso Based Coffees (one price for all sizes), Black    ($4.5 for 1.5 oz or 5 oz.) and White ($5 for 4 oz., 6 oz. or 8 oz.). This is truly value for money. I ordered the 4oz latte. It has a nice, simple Rosetta latte art. The coffee is smooth however the fruity acidic after taste is more than what I prefer in my coffee. So not my type of beans.

4oz Latte

We ordered the Buta Don ($8) which is NP version of wok-fried pork with Japanese sweet sauce. The pork are tender with a slight wok hei taste in it. The onions and sweet sauce provide a natural sweet flavour to the dish, while the bean sprout provide the crunch. The rice is slightly undercooked and it can be better if it use a short grain rice that have more starch.

Buta Don

Fresh Crisps ($6) is a must try here. Basically it is homemade fried artisan sprouts (combination of potatos and sweet potatoes). It is crispy and lightly salted. Who can say no to this.

Fresh Crisps

Meanwhile, our friend A ordered the Pork Burger with Apple Sauce ($16). Our lady friend that love porky to the bone, only gave one thumb up, instead of two thumbs up. Not porky enough, as the arugula kind of mess up the flavour of the burger. For the price, the portion does not delivery on value.

Pork Burger with Apple Sauce

Service is friendly but minimum. You place your order at the counter, make payment and they delivery the order. You can help yourself with cold orange infused water.

Overall, NP provide you with a unique cafe experience, starting with their out of the box price for coffee and Asian inspired food. Although the food and coffee are not agreeable with my taste buds, others might beg to differ. However, I have to say, the environment is just so 'cosy' that LD need to drag me out. (Another cafe that listed as a must-try list but does not deliver 'wow' feeling except for the coffee) Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 6.5/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 6.5/10
Ambiance:8/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25

Necessary Provisions
21 Eng Kong Terrace
Singapore 598993

T: +65 9231 7920
OH:
Tue – Thu: 10.00 – 22.00
Fri & Sat: 10.00 – Midnight
Sun: 10.00 – 18.00



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