Providore

G/F SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila

Providore
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Marijoe D.
5.0 Stars
4

Went here on a Saturday night. Love the ambiance. Nice interior. The food is good for sharing. 127860

We ordered Winner Winner Chicken Dinner. It's really a winner. The chicken is so crispy. Love the mashed potato too. Same with the biscuit. We also had Lechon Kawali Cracklings. It's really good, super crunchy. Their Bicol express is really delicious and spicy, you need to pair it with rice. Overall, love the food here. Worth the price. Will surely come back to try their other menu like salpicao, chicken ala kiev and laing 128523

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Peanut D.
4.0 Stars

I would have given this Impossible Cake 5 stars because it's honestly the best cake EVER for me but...

Look at my photo. Why is it in a takeout container?

Oh that's right. It was 9:30PM when I came in and they wouldn't let me eat the cake in their restaurant because they're already cleaning up.... But I wasn't going to make a mess, I just wanted to eat it sitting down... 128524

I asked them if I can get the cake to go and eat it quickly at one of their tables. The two staff members looked at each other. "Uhhhh..."

So I took my cake and brought it to the food court... 🙄

Come on guys. It's one table.

The cake is good though I have to say. 128557 Soft leche flan, moist chocolate cake. WINNER.

Just don't get it past 9:30PM. 128514

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Mary Iralyn C.
5.0 Stars
3

2 days in 1 week! woohoo! it means I get to order Salpicao twice - first well done because a friend is preggy so she can't eat anything raw and 2nd time medium well! 128522

Their zucchini fries are the best! and I just added the warm skillet brownie ala mode - chewy, creamy and just perfect! to my list of fave desserts

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Inna A.
5.0 Stars

Providore had very nice interiors and ambiance.

They have all day breakfast, I got the longganisa set for 295PHP.

Serving is huge! I had to take away left overs.

Delicious! It was very well worth it for me. 🖒

Would definitely dine here again.

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Bella J.
5.0 Stars
10

Went to SM Aura last Sunday and I got to pick where to have our late lunch. Based on the good reviews I've been reading, I chose to go with Providore.

I liked how the place looked. It was bright and open and you're immediately greeted by the pastries on display and the kitchen essentials Providore also sells. These kitchen essentials include coffee from different places in Mindanao, atchara, chili chutney, and many other things! So I recommend that you take a look at the shelves in case something tickles your fancy.

Looking at the menu, I noticed how straightforward and simple the dishes are. Nothing elaborate and I also liked how under the name of each dish, the different components of the dish were listed so you know exactly you're ordering.

We ordered the Molo Mami. The soup was light and flavorful and the shredded pieces of vegetables were generous. I liked the molo as well. It was flavorful and cooked well. The molo wrapper didn't feel rubbery at all and nearly melted in my mouth.

We also got the Puto and Dinuguan. I didn't get to try this one since I don't like Dinuguan. But my sisters liked it and found the meat cubes flavorful because they had fat in it.

The star of the meal was undoubtedly the Steel Plate Cooked Garlic Butter "Salpicao" Steak. This dish is best paired with rice. Why? Because of the sauce. It was sooooooooo good and I made sure to always drizzle it over my rice.

If you don't feel like getting rice, that's alright. But make sure to include a slice of beef, an onion, and garlic with every mouthful you take. And don't forget to get some sauce on them too! The meat was cooked right and not rubbery or chewy at all! The onions were sweet and went well with the meat and the sauce. I just wish there was more meat because being the matakaw person I am, it wasn't enough especially since I had to share with my sisters and mom! :)

I also bought a chocolate chip cookie to-go. There were large chunks of chocolate, which I liked and had good texture :)

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April H.
4.0 Stars
10

The latest addition to the Raintree group was my friend's choice of restaurant for last night's get-together. The balikbayan wanted Filipino food, though I'm a tad confused if that is really the cuisine that the restaurant was serving. I guess it's very much like Chelsea in terms of that extensive menu...

The place was lovely and inviting-- pretty much expected from the group that brought us Chelsea (used to be my favorite hangout), Stella, and Rocket Room among others... I liked the chic interiors; I felt like it was a throwback to the now-defunct Mr Jones with the chosen color palette. The shelves and general layout brings Chelsea to mind... I am obviously a fan of their restaurants.

I tried their Calamansi Lychee cooler, expecting the usual Raintree flair for drinks. I was disappointed with this one, it was not as refreshing as I thought. I think the signature punch might have been a better order.

Starting the meal with their Zuccini Pecorino Fries was a great idea! I loved how the pecorino was generously grated on top and the dip was just the right complement to the fries. "Healthy" because of the zuccini twist but it didn't feel like veggies! I did like the Providore salad a lot! Great choice of components but it was a little expensive for the serving...

We had to order the Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner-- apparently a bestseller of the restaurant and a dish appreciated by kids. How did one of the little boys react to the dish? "Tita, why doesn't it taste like anything?" I must agree with the sentiment. Fried to perfection but bland, the chicken needed bolder flavors to make it a winner. The sausage gravy did not help that much and the biscuit served with it was tough to chew. Mashed potato was forgettable and was left unfinished.

My friends ordered the dinuguan with puto. Being the first time I have tried dinuguan, I am not the best person to ask about the dish. Yes, I don't eat dinuguan-- I have had to contend with blood in my job. I don't mind it but I don't actually need to taste it. I think it's an acquired taste and one that I will not acquire anytime soon. My friend weighed in, stating that it needed acidity to life the dish. She asked for vinegar and it came in a small silver container; she proceeded to dump the entire contents into the clay pot. I agree that it did improve the taste. They said it's the Ilocano style of making dinuguan-- with tanglad and sans vinegar. I wouldn't know, but two of them were Ilocanos so I defer to their judgement.

What we all loved was the Steel Plate Cooked Garlic Butter "Salpicao" Steak! That's one mouthful of a name... Cooked medium rare, this steak is flavorful and tender... The butter, roasted garlic, and onions just make it an unquestionably awesome dish! We paired it with java rice and it was just perfect! We ended up going thru two servings-- of the steak and the rice! This was the highlight of our dinner and the dish that I would recommend in this restaurant...128077🏻

I think they are still growing into their operations... Having that many dishes on the menu is very hard to manage... They immediately nailed the service though-- I liked it very much. The staff were both snappy and friendly. The food was served very quickly-- much appreciated all around... Plus the sell a lot of goodies including Sikat's Salted Egg Potato crisps. Sorry, shameless plug!128513

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Reich T.
3.0 Stars
2

I was so impressed with Providore... i had to go back. I was with Grams this time. This is where we had her birthday lunch. Sad to say, i was a lil underwhelmed this time around.

Palabok. One word - Bland. This is such a letdown. Razons is 100 times better.

Laing. Mediocore. I think they incorporated way too much flavor on the Bicol Express and forgot about the Laing.

Saving grace is the chicken.

Providore, you broke my heart. 128546

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
4

Was able to visit this place twice already (1) with my aunt and (2) with my homies 128514128513. And I was able to try the following dishes:

Bacon Clam Chowder
- served hot in a bread bowl, the soup was tasty and comforting. 9786

Warm Buffalo Bleu Cheese with Chicken Dip
- This was good! It may look bitin and konti but it was actually a lot. Served with potato chips, celery and carrots. Would be better if the potato chips was able to maintain the crispiness. 128530 Since it was soggy already, we tried dipping the fried chicken here which surprisingly worked well together! Sarap! 128518128525

Providore Salad
- Providore's salad was just okay. Usual salad. Nothing extraordinary. At 350pesos, this is way too pricey, imo.

Crispy Seafood Mayo Roll
- Hmm, this was just okay too. I was kind of expecting a lot from this one but sadly, it was not how I expected it to be. The bread was too big/thick. No buttery soft bun filled with seafood goodness. The seafood filling was a bit bitin and is lacking something I can't exactly identify. Parang kulang.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
- There must be a reason why this dish is named like this. You just can't say something's a winner when clearly, it's not. I was not that excited to try it at first since it looks just like any ordinary crispy fried chicken, but when you get to taste it, you'll understand why and know the reason behind the name. With a chicken this good, you just have to name it as a Winner. 128521128541

The first time I tried this, I liked it but on my second visit, it was so much better. I loved it! The chicken was really good. Crispy and was fried perfectly! And the mashed potato, biscuit/bread were also yummy. A must try! 128076🏼

Beef Salpicao
- Tender, tasty and oh so flavorful beef salpicao. Garlic goodness overload! This was another winner and we all liked this! 128076🏼

Bicol Express
- This was surprisingly good and tasty. Bicol express lovers will surely enjoy this. Sarap! 128076🏼

If you're planning to visit this place, you must order the CHICKEN. If you like beef, order the salpicao. Okay?? Okay!! 128521 And oh, heard and read good reviews about the burger so you might want to try that, as well. 128077🏼

SERVICE was just okay. First visit, service was fast and the servers were hands on, very helpful and approachable. On my second visit, it wasn't as good as the first but not that bad -- just different.

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars
5

This the first stop of our BGC x Winter Solstice x Welcome Back Jai Food Crawl.  The plan was to have dinner then part ways but things got out of hand and we ended up having a mini food crawl.  This is reminiscent of the first one we had a couple of months back.  Guys,  remember Kapitolyo?

I suggested Provide and everyone happily obliged.   I've heard good stuff about Raintree's new baby.  I've been planning to dine here for the longest time but my desire to go home after participating in concensus terrorism is way too high. 

(Concensus Terrorism - google Douglas Coupland and learn a thing or two about post modern literature)

We ordered grub for sharing.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.  I heard this catch phrase when i watched 21.  The Chinese dude dealing cards mentioned it when Ben got Black Jack.  This dish may seem simple as the infamous card game but this is the same card game that is responsible for the demise of great men. 

Alas,  i digress again.  Back to the chicken.  Well,  it is nothing but awesome.  The chicken is the shiz!  Crispy and flavorful outside,  moist and juicy inside.  This will not be a "winner"  dish without the creamy mashed potato and the biscuit.  And oh,  the gravy is awesome too. 

Salpicao.  Another crowd favorite.  Succulent beef is cooked in a steel plate and oozing with salpicao x garlic goodness.  I liked the fact that the meat is cooked medium rare as it retained all the meaty goodness.  Oh,  it is fall-off-the-bone tender too. 

Bicol Express.  I have an affinity with any type of food cooked in coconut milk.  I was really excited when the server placed this on our table.  I took a spoonful and let my tastebuds do the work.  Well,  it is flavorful with the right amount of spice.  After a couple of spoonfuls,  i raised the white flag... Cloying factor raised to the nth power.  I think the chef went a lil cray-cray and wanted diners to overdose in flavor.  I think they ought to tone it down a couple of notches to lessen the umay factor. 

We enjoyed dinner,  everyone is raving about the chicken and the salpicao. 

I shall return,  Providore.  Got my eye on the laing.

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Norman Lester T.
4.0 Stars
5

Brunch with your best buddies is always a good idea. Last Monday, Cindy S, Edison A and I decided to have our Holiday brunch at Providore.

As I enter the restaurant, I noticed that Providore has a section for goodies. Some of the interesting stuff that can be bought here are Jacob's Praline Peanut Butter, fragrances such as Alaala, Yakap, and Lambing, and items from Herman & Co. Providore also has a bakery which cookies, revel bars, and croissants can be bought.

Cindy S and I were the early birds and while waiting for Edison A, being the usual late he is, we ordered the following.

DRINKS

** Providore Punch (175php)
This was a bright red drink probably because of the cherry syrup and watermelon juice. This tasted a bit sour as it also contains pineapple and passionfruit punches. It was a refreshing drink perfect for a cool down after hours of Christmas shopping.

** Cafe Mocha (160php)
I don't think Providore specializes in coffee as their version of Mocha is disappointing. I was not able to find fusion of coffee and chocolate in this drink.

When Edison arrived, we browsed the menu and we had the following.

APPETIZERS

** Zucchini Pecorino Fries (175php)
I ordered this one as I found zucchini fries interesting. I'm not really a fan of vegetables as appetizer but these zucchini + malagos pecorino cheese fries were delicious. Really not salty, so better dip it in its buttermilk ranch dressing.

** Beer Battered Seafood "Cocktail" Platter (595php)
This was very instagenic. All those seafood were appetizing. My favorite was the mozzarella stuffed shrimp. I didn't know that cheese will go well with shrimps. Crab and corn cream balls, calamari, crispy baby tawilis, beer battered fish bites, and blue swimmer crab were also included in this platter. This is good for sharing. This also came with 2 dips + 1 small bottle of Louisiana hot sauce.

MAINS

** Crab and Avocado Egg Toastie (320php)
Tbh, this tasted okay but the bread was a struggle to eat. I'm guessing that they toasted it too much. Nevertheless the poached eggs on top were perfect! The avocado and crab meat were also good.

** Steel Plate Cooked Garlic Butter Salpicao Steak (395php)
Cooked medium, these U.S. beef slices with garlic, butter, onion and olive oil surely was the winner in this brunch! The beef was cooked perfectly as it's soft and tender. The sauce was flavorful and the butter + garlic combination made it all the more delicious. This order is made for that order of extra rice!

We didn't have dessert here but their Housemade Leche Flan and Warm Brownie Skillet seem interesting. The service was generally fast. I like that the restaurant is bright as this is perfect for foodie shots.

P.S. They are open as early as 8AM for breakfast.

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Cindy S.
4.0 Stars
7

I've been seeing Providore on social media and on various food blogs for a few months now, and this morning I finally had the chance to have breakfast here with Norman Lester T and Edison A! 10084

The place is sunny, spacious and very well lighted. I just love how the sun brightens the place with natural light. 10084️ This is something you rarely see in restaurants/cafès nowadays.

Our orders:
127839 Zucchini Pecorino Fries - 175 Php
I love this appetizer! The crispiness on the outside and the melts-in-your-mouth inside was amazing! I was tempted to order for another.

127859 Crab & Avocado Egg Toastie - 320 Php
Sourdough bread topped with roasted tomatoes, cucumber and avocado salsa, 2 poached eggs, crab meat, wild arugula with lemon vinagrette. I really tried hard to enjoy this but somehow I didn't and ended up eating just half of it. I know sourdough bread is meant to be a little hard but this one is so hard to the point that it's become a struggle to eat it. Aside from the "matigas pa sa bato" bread, the toppings on this were delish! The poached eggs were perfectly cooked as the yolk oozes out upon cutting it. 128523

127830 Steel Plate Cooked Garlic Butter Salpicao Steak - 395 Php
Sizzled U.S. beef, garlic, native onions, chili and olive oil. This one is just so delicious you'd wanna eat this with rice, no kidding. The salpicao steak was so tender and full of flavor. You can't help but drizzle the sauce on your rice! 128525

🦀 Beer Battered Seafood Cocktail Platter - 595 Php
Now this one, aside from being ridiculously instagram-worthy, it will leave you in a seafood induced coma! The platter includes crab and corn cream balls, mozarella stuffed shrimp, crispy calamari, baby tawilis, beer battered fish bites and blue swimmer crab. It is also served with potato chips, Louisiana hot sauce, classic tartar sauce and their "cocktail" sauce. Every bite was just sinful. So... Hungry yet? 9786

9749️ Cafè Mocha - 160 Php
Okay. This was just okay. Guess it's my fault ordering coffee and expecting excellent coffee on a restaurant that does not specialize on serving coffee.

The service was nice and I love the "sunny-ness" of the place. I'd probably be back just to try their pastries and desserts (Hello Unicorn Krispies wait for meee!), we were just too full by then to order more.

Overall... 11088110881108811088️ stars!

#UnicornGiveaway

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Leen C.
5.0 Stars
2

Ah finally i was able to visit Taguig again! 9786️ well since i haven't been here for a long time me and my hubby had a hard time looking for a place to eat. I was overwhelmed when i saw the list of the newly opened restaurants. But since we were in SM Aura, we decided to pick a restaurant inside the mall. As we look 128064 around we saw this cute resto with a very inviting feel. Since the staff was accommodating we decided to have our dinner here.

We had the ff:

Bacon Clam Chowder.1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5
Chowder soup with clam, potato, onion, bacon bits can't remember if it has celery placed in a bread bowl. Honestly this is one of the best clam chowder i've tasted. The consistency of the soup is just right not too think nor watery. They also have generous serving, it can be shared by 2 persons.

Plus the nice presentation makes this soup more appetizing! 9786

Grilled Pork Steak 11088110881108811088️ 4/5
Grilled Pork Steak in maple bourbon bbq glaze. served with house fries and coleslaw. My hubby loved it. The meat was tender and juicy. Yum yum! I just hope they can add more bbq glaze. We ended up asking for more bbq glaze.

Crispy Seafood Mayo Roll. 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5
Fried Fish fillet 128031 and shrimp 127844 with romaine lettuce, remoulade sauce then topped with fresh lemon and dill on brioche roll. Served with fired chips. Ever since i tried the lobster roll in London i've been wishing for a restaurant that will serve lobster roll here in ph and this is the closest i can get. The verdict? It wash delish! 128076🏻Love it that they were generous with the shrimp. The roll has at least 3pcs of shrimp. 1 roll is really filling i had the other roll for lunch the next day. 128521

Really wanted to try the waffle but since i can no longer digest the food, i just have to save it for next time.

Overall i really enjoyed our meal. Plus the price was just right given that they serve quality dishes.

#UnicornGiveaway

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Kristine Joy A.
4.0 Stars
8

Located at the Ground Floor of SM Aura beside Cibo this restaurant under Rain tree group of restaurants will surely captivate you with it"s minimalistic modern set up. They have a pastry/coffee area wherein they have all sorts of breads,cakes and other pastries. The menu has a lot to offer from great appetizers to sumptuous mains and did I mention the dessert.

In had the Mac n cheese which is pretty OK. If you love cheese you will love this! I liked how they served the rolls it was soft and really good.

I also tried chicken ala keiv. Oh my!! anything with butter is good for me. It soft and done right. The butter oozed out of the chicken when you cut it. I paired with the providore salad. Crunchy,fresh veggies.

I had the mojito drink which I think did not pair well with my dishes but over all it was awesome. For dessert I had the coconut tres leches coconut cream,coconut shavings and with creamy frosting.

They also have artisan products from food to beauty items. So make sure to grab some when you drop by.

For the 4 items I spent 1,000 which is worth it. Big servings and quality food. The staff were amazing as well. 10084

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Cel C.
5.0 Stars
4

Been wanting to try this one but I thought this requires an empty stomach since I'm dining alone and the servings looked big for a solo diner.

Finally got the chance last Friday night. The place looked homey and kinda reminds me of a country-home in the US (at least in magazines, never been there). I had a hard time choosing which to order for my first visit. I wanted some salad for sure but even their salads, I had a hard time choosing. Haha. That's what happens when you seldom eat out. You kinda want to try everything. I decided on a Big Plate Salad, the Chef's Market (chef's daily choice of fresh ingredients with country herb vinaigrette and brioche croutons). Also got the Zucchini Pecorino fries (malagos pecorino, buttermilk ranch dressing and a slice of lemon for zest). Ang healthy diba! Been thinking of going vegan for a while and slowly removing meat from my diet. Slowly but not surely. Lol.

The fries was served first and the salad took a while. The salad plate was huuuge! Good for 2-3 women, I think. But I finished it! Haha! It was so good. It has a lot of meat though. Cold cuts and grilled chicken chunks. The grilled chicken was sooo good. I might try that on my next visit. So much for a vegan diet. Ha. The zucchini fries was okay. The coating was crunchy but the zucchini inside is kind of soggy. I dunno if that's how it should be but I realize I prefer my veggies crispy. The dip was good though. I had leftover fries coz I was so full from the salad. Their servings are good for 2-3 persons. I would definitely be back for the grilled chicken. 128518

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Elmer R.
4.0 Stars
2

This resto we found adjacent to the lavish Christmas display showcase of SM AURA Premier. There were breads and pastries on display upfront and goodies on the shelves you can buy. The place is like a magnet with its pleasant interiors. Took some orders and posted here were those I enjoyed like garlic salpicao and lechon cracklins. Yummy.

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EJ B.
5.0 Stars
8

While walking inside SM Aura Premier Mall in Taguig City, I was attracted to the vibrant interior of the restaurant, Providore. The bright and spacious restaurant invited me in that I cannot refuse.

Providore is the new addition to the growing group of Raintree Restaurants, the team behind Museum Cafe, Chelsea Kitchen, Stella, Rocket Room, Saboten and Chotto Matte to name a few. Providore offers various selections of breads, pastries and cakes. Aside from the pastries, you can also try their wide selections of quality comfort food.

The receptionist assisted me to my table and handed the menu. The service staff offered a glass of water before she took my order.

I got one of the bestseller and one pastry. 128020127856

▪️Winner Winner Chicken Dinner for Php 320.00 (Crispy Fried Chicken, Buttered Corn & French Beans, Sausage Gravy in Mashed Potatoes and Smoked Bacon & Cheddar Biscuit) - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5
"The serving is big, 2 persons can actually share with this plate of fried chickens. I really love the crispiness outside and tenderness inside of the fried chicken served. The sausage gravy, mashed potatoes and veggies were well cooked and seasoned. And the biscuit will balance everything. It's delicious!128540"

▪️ Unicorn Krispies for Php55.00 - 11088110881108811088️ 4/5
"This caught my attention in the bakeshop corner of the restaurant because of its colorful appearance. Hahaha. 128514 Well, the cereals turned into pastry taste milky fruity. 127822127815127820

Credits to the staff of Providore for the good service. Definitely, I will going back again to try the Belgian Waffle with Ube and Macapuno glazed. 12851510084

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Kat M.
4.0 Stars
8

Today I found myself going to BGC in the middle of the typhoon to meet up with friends. 128514 We decided to dine at Providore, but since we didn't make a reservation, we had to wait for around 20 minutes to get seated. That was enough time for us to do small errands in the mall. They just called us to tell us that our table is ready, so that's quite convenient.

We ordered the dinner roll soaked in butter, which is heavenly and sinful at the same time lol). Initially we want to order the bone marrow burger that I saw from Mary Love S' review but since we are not a fan of the marrow, our server suggested to just take the cheeseburger HAHA. I love the fact that they also ask you how you want your meat done, and in our case, it's medium. The burger is realllllly good. It's no fuss burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Another friend ordered the pastrami sandwich. For drinks, I had the calamansi lychee, and another friend had the providore punch. Both are equally good as there is a balance among the different layers of taste.

For dessert we got the matcha cheesecake and I had a flat white coffee. Both were disappointing. The cheesecake isn't matcha at all, I mean there is no trace of that earthy bitter tone of matcha. Nada. The flat white isn't exactly what I expected too. However I still might go to this place again to try other food on their menu, such as the Filipino dishes. 128523

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Julianne Chrystel O.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Divine C.
4.0 Stars
2

Winner winner chicken dinner - 3.5/5 - good but I think the batch they made for us was a tad too salty. Also, we thought it would be for sharing but it's a small serving (2 thigh fillets and 1 wing, yummy mashed potatoes and a biscuit). Good for one. P395

Steak salpicao - 4.5/5 very good but small serving. Good for 1 P395

Salad providore - 4/5 good for one person

At 7pm, their bread and pastries are 50% off but I realized they are overpriced to begin with so it's like paying for retail when it's on sale lol. A cookie was P165 before discount (found one at Toby's estate on the 4th floor for P65 same size), brownie was same price. Only realized after paying. But both were yummy.

Would probably come back for more to try their Filipino dishes (pancit and lugaw. Etc)

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars
10

The huge Providore signage intrigued me for months. It really made me excited because it has been quite a while since a new restaurant graced SM Aura. And the foodie in me jumped for joy when Chef Kalel and Mela of Raintree Restaurant posted that Providore will open this week. And true to their post, it did open last night at 6 pm!

Hello, Providore!

This casual dining restaurant is the newest concept of Raintree Restaurant, the same group behind spectacular restaurants such as Chelsea, Simple Lang, Kabila, Stella, Izakaya Sensu and Chotto Matte. And just like its sister restaurants, this one was designed to impress.

The first thing that caught my eye was the lovely wall of products from local retailers such as Nipa Brew, Manila Eat Up, Traydor and Casa Carmela. I really like that Providore decided to partner with these shops and carry its products. It made it a lot easier for foodies who are not fond of shopping online or driving around for a bottle of hot sauce. With this, we get to save more time for eating! (I spotted a few customers considering some of the goods displayed as Christmas gifts. I might do that too.)

It was their first day when I dropped by and a handful of items were not available then. Thankfully, the kitchen had ingredients to whip a Decadent Bone Marrow Burger (PHP450). I decided to get that sinful bun of meat and pair it with a refreshing glass of Kombucha Lime Iced Tea (PHP120). I struggled choosing my dessert as I was alone when I visited. All of the desserts seem to be good for sharing so I settled with what sounded to be the smallest sweet treat they have and decided to end my meal with a plate of Housemade Leche Flan (PHP95).

Service was quite fast as I was not even done taking photos of the merchandise when my ginormous burger arrived. I was greeted by a good 1.5" U.S. beef burger with bacon marmalade jam and wild arugula sandwiched by a soft buttered brioche with spiced fries and oven-roasted bone marrow on the side.

I took a bite of the burger without the bone marrow and it tasted like your usual burger. The patty itself was the type that breaks into pieces making it hard for me to get a forkful. It was also a bit dry but figured that I just needed to put more of the jam to address that concern.

After three or four bites, I decided to add some bone marrow and took a big bite. It was at that moment when I went to burger heaven. The burger became average to amazing! It was a harmonious marriage of flavors! My tastebuds had a gastronomic orgasm and it has been a while since I experienced that. Screw cholesterol! It was one of the best burgers I've had to date. Thank you, Bone Marrow Burger and Providore.

The fries were slightly soggy already when I ate it. I can't put the blame on Providore though as I took my sweet time in taking photos and I also waited for my drink to arrive which took more than 20 minutes. Nonetheless, I liked that it was the spiced barbecue seasoned type of fries. Then again, I'd be happy too if the fries were just your plain ol deep fried cuts.

My drink was pretty good too! It did an awesome job in quenching my thirst especially after munching on the flavorful burger and fries. It somehow reminded me of the Cha Cha Chia drink available in Stella. This one though was a simpler version of it as it didn't have passionfruit syrup.

Last served was my leche flan topped with macapuno and ube glaze. It was an interesting take on the classic flan. It added the trending purple ingredient. I really enjoyed the first half of the flan. I loved its soft and creamy texture and the contrast with the chewy macapuno bits. However, as I try to finish my plate, the dessert started to overwhelm me with its strong sweet taste. I slowed down and eventually had to stop after hitting three-fourths of the dish.

While struggling with my dessert, Chef Kalel spotted me on a date with myself and gave me a complimentary cookie as a treat for supporting their grand opening.

And as I continue my battle with my flan and now a chocolate chip cookie, Andrej of Raintree spotted me and went to my table for a quick chat. It was then when I found out that they are planning to have some sort of bar or beer station at the back of the restaurant. I got excited with this as there doesn't seem to be a lot of beer places in SM Aura. While chatting, I also shared with him my thoughts on the desserts and he pulled Chef Alvin for it. I was quite impressed with how Chef Alvin took my comments. He was very open and quickly thought of a solution to it. Bravo!

Overall, it was a great dinner! I would definitely visit again to try the other dishes!

P.S. All breads are on 50% off starting 7pm, daily! Bread lovers, you know the drill!

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