Simple but delicious are the key words at Providore
Now serving up hearty, no-frills goodness.
G/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) The Raintree Restaurant Group has been busy. With all the brands in their roster—from Stella and Rocket Room to Saboten, Chelsea Grand Café to Chotto Matte x Izakaya Sensu—they surely have gotten their feet wet when it comes to Metro Manila’s cuisine. Despite all the modern gastronomic trends infiltrating the city, Raintree takes a step back to remind us of what makes food good in the first place.
Providore is their latest concept. A playful take on the word “provider,” they’ve created a Western-Filipino restaurant that has almost everything: a bar, a bistro, essential kitchen provisions, and soon, a beer garden, promising a well-rounded dining experience focused solely on the goodness of food.
You can’t help but feel at home. Here at Providore, the smell of freshly baked pastries waft in the air; the vibe is rustic, as the restaurant makes use of wood-paneled elements such as its walls and floorings, and its use of greenery softens the atmosphere altogether. Diana Ross & The Supreme's "You Can’t Hurry Love" is playing in the background; a reminder of easy, lazy Sundays enjoyed at home.
Zucchini Pecorino Fries
The Zucchini Pecorino Fries(P175) is light enough to leave room for the main course, with Malagos pecorino, buttermilk ranch dip, and a zesty kick of lemon giving the right amount of flavor to prepare the palate for more. There’s also the Providore Salad (P350), a harmonious plate of fresh avocado, crispy bacon, blue cheese, cranberries, walnuts, and arugula, served with a side of buttermilk ranch dressing. Opt for the classic Tokwa & Baboy (P195) or the Cast Iron Garlic Parsley Dinner Rolls (P175) drowned in garlic parsley butter for a lighter snack.
Tokwa & Baboy
Cast Iron Garlic Parsley Dinner Rolls
Providore Punch (P175)
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
Providore’s bestseller so far is the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (P320). The chicken—perfectly fried to a light crisp—remains succulent and tender, with just the right amount of saltiness. The generous sides of buttered corn, French beans, sausage gravy atop creamy mashed potatoes, smoked bacon, and cheddar biscuit give its namesake the justice it deserves.
Fresh Lumpia (P195)
Crispy Seafood Mayo Roll
Don't forget to try the Crispy Seafood Mayo Roll (P375). Each bite is nostalgic; taking you back to your childhood when your mom would pack you a tuna sandwich for lunch—only now, made even better. The remoulade sauce coating the seafood is exceptional, brightened up by the tangy lift of fresh lemon and dill. It pairs well with the crunchy romaine lettuce, all hugged by a soft, buttered brioche roll.
Steel Plate Cooked Garlic Butter “Salpicao” Steak
The Steel Plate Cooked Garlic Butter “Salpicao” Steak (P395) is addictive. Cooked medium-rare, the tiny slabs of sizzled U.S. beef are bathed in a special sauce. What it lacks in portion, it makes up for in texture: firm on the outside, but soft and juicy on the inside.
Coconut Cream Tres Leche
For dessert, we recommend the Coconut Cream Tres Leche (P295). It’s chock-full of macapuno, glazed with tres leche cream, then topped with desiccated coconut shavings. The Pastry Board (P275/three kinds, P375/five kinds) lets you choose which pastries you want to try, so there’s no need to debate over which ones are best. Just have it all, and then decide later.
The thing about Providore is that nothing goes overboard. They stay true to their mission of bringing old-time favorites back, exactly how food should be enjoyed—straightforward, simple, and no-frills. There’s no other way to describe its menu, and all we can do is to thank them for reminding us that simple can be delicious.
Photos by Majoy Siason