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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 😂

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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.

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