Everton Park: the latest hippie heartland devoted to the coolseeking crowd, from sipping a cuppa at Nylon Coffee Roasters, eating cakes from a jar at Grin Affair or swooning over The Audacious Cakery’s lovely creations. And now you can get salads and sandwiches thanks to the Unlisted Collection Group’s new dive – gourmet deli The Provision Shop.
But even with its nostalgia-tinged, tucked-away corner spot, Provision is a step down from the casual-yetsophisticated concepts we’ve come to expect from the people who gave us Esquina and The Market Grill. The simple, one-page menu by local chef Anthony Yeo (who’s behind the French fusion at The Wanderlust Hotel’s Cocotte restaurant – also by The Unlisted Collection), is sadly a mixed bag.
There’s a good variety of sarnies ($12-$14) with solid fillings sandwiched between toasted slices of crusty sourdough imported from France – we liked the ham and brie ($14), with an ample amount of brie and dressed in a bright and sweet cherry jam. Size-wise, they’re a bit smaller than average, so you’ll likely need something else to really fill up. Belinda’s Perogis ($5 each) – Polish dumplings filled with mashed potatoes and ricotta cheese and topped with bacon and sour cream – are worth a taste, though you only get one per order, so it’s pricey if you want to get your fill of them.
If you’re looking for a hot meal, however, you’re better off going elsewhere. There’s one pasta dish, a seemingly uncomplicated tomato and cheese pasta ($10) – unfortunately, ours came out an unmitigated disaster: undercooked tubes in a bland, oily cream sauce. The salads are hit-and-miss as well – on the pricier end, try the Buffalo Mozzarella & Homemade Walnut Pesto ($16), but skip the somewhat boring Nuts About Smoked Salmon ($16), which isn’t as nutty as it sounds.
None of this is helped by the plodding service when the place gets packed, which has already been happening regularly during lunch hours and weekends. While there are some nice details thought out – such as the homemade desserts, drinks and ice cream (try a gooey wedge of the choc walnut caramel tart, $6.50, and wash it down with a glass of their refreshing sea salt lemonade, $6) – to make it a true contender, The Provision Shop needs to step things up a notch. Lee Min Kok
|Venue name:||The Provision Shop|
3 Everton Park
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am-9pm|
|Do you own this business?|