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[CLOSED] Necessary Provisions

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* This place has closed :( Please try somewhere else. * Tucked away in the depths of Upper Bukit Timah, Necessary Provisions is everything you’d want from a cafe. Surreal lighting, dark walls, streaming sunlight, plants, gorgeous bakes, killer iced espresso and milk, and beer on tap. It’s worth the trek.

21 Eng Kong Terrace
Singapore 598993

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Tiny things that you get to appreciate when you’re not working. Now what do you do on your off days?


Almost don’t want to share this because the place can be a really good hide-out, but good things must share right?

The salad is just something as simple as cherry tomato, mozzarella, and coriander drizzled with soy and mirin dressing, but I must say it’s quite satisfying. They might have limited food selections but I heard they’re pretty good.

The coffee beans used are roasted by themselves. I don’t like my coffee too sour and this one has just the perfect acidity.

When I visited on weekday, the place is really quite with just a few of people doing their works or readings. I did notice some patrons coming to take away their coffee as well.

When you come in they will serve you with a jug of water. Overall the service is really good as well (hopefully I’m not biased just because I know someone there 😅)

Insider tips: It get more busy on weekends with the brunch crowds.


I LOVE the cake (lemon pound - 4) and the coffee($5.5), cake is baked depending on what's seasonal and baker's choice as well.

Also had a fresh tomato salad with buffalo and balsamic vinaigrette ($9) before this. Everything was so fresh here! There are a lot of communal seating areas in Necessary Provisions and warm smiles.


My previous visits to this place was actually for the Pork Burger, but I just got distracted so much to try the other items that were either specials or had made a comeback on their newest iteration of the menu that I needed to make yet another visit for this one.

The more I have this Pork Burger, the more I actually understand why I just love it so much — the savouriness from the Chorizo-like patty is something that seemed very unique to Necessary Provisions, not to mention that it's well crusted on the exterior for a good texture. The buns are light; toasted a little for a crisper texture while the melted cheese just gives the patty extra oomph. I also liked how the apple sauce gave that extra hint of sweetness that cuts through the meatiness. Remembered how I once mentioned how this burger was like a needy girlfriend that cost the same with the sides changed and subsequently came without? Yeah it's seemed to have gotten more needy with a somewhat smaller portion of pork now (not sure if it's that noticeable for others, but it's pretty stark to me). Still, something I would find myself looking forward to having here.


It's really been a long while since I last saw this item here; so much so I decided to skip trying anything else that I was contemplating to try on the menu and went straight for the grand old dame that I had been ordering years ago at Necessary Provisions before it disappeared.

The Pandan Chiffon Cake was all I remembered to be; light, fluffy and airy with a hint of light Pandan fragrance perfuming the chiffon. Reminds me of those simpler days when I had just graduated from Polytechnic, sitting in this then new cafe with a cup of White (5Oz) on the side — yes, that's really been a long time ago 😂


Using Valrhona Chocolate for their Iced Chocolate previously, Necessary Provisions had switched to using bean-to-bar small batch chocolate maker based in Singapore named Fossa Chocolate for their chocolate beverages (to be honest, I was actually more intrigued about the entire bean-to-bar concept only very recently after a chat with a co-owner of another cafe whom introduced it to me; wouldn't have seen myself ordering this if that conversation never happened)

It's interesting how this entire concoction turned out to be; it's surprisingly rich, thick and decadent — using 70% dark chocolate from Guatemala, this is certainly the beverage that is meant for artisanal chocolate lovers; it carries that luxuriously bitter flavours pretty well. Not your typical chocolate drink; probably even better if ordered hot. Certainly very heartening to see local cafes supporting small scale local businesses here.