Provence Bakery & Cafe

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Best Wassants in Singapore
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4.0
Provence Bakery is a Japanese-style bakery selling top quality breads and pastries. They’re famous for their wassants, and although there are several bakeries who have tried to replicate their sweet rolls, Provence’s wassants are still unbeatable.

Provonce’s wassants are small crescent-shaped rolls that come in 3 flavors: Custard, Chocolate and Kaya. These sweet rolls are buttery, fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth tender, with the fragrant kaya wassant being my personal favorite. Their wassants are restocked several times through out the day so if you’re lucky enough, you can get your hands on some warm, freshly baked wassants. I’m a fan of their other buns and bread as well, particularly their Choco Bun, which is filled with smooth, luscious chocolate custard.

Provence has a few small shops scattered around the country, but their main store in Holland Village remains my favorite. The café upstairs is a hidden gem of a study spot, so if there’s no space at the HV Starbucks, you can head over to Provonce to get some work done.
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Awesome awesome milk pans
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Their Milk Pans are TO-DIE-FOR!!

I remember once my dad bought an entire tray of freshly baked Milk Pans (while people at the back gave him The Glare) for our family and omg, biting into that warm, soft fluffy bread while the milky custard explodes out was SUBLIME.

Now whenever any of us walks past Provence, we are bound to get at least a couple of Milk Pans home for breakfast/snack/desserts/whatever! Their chocolate/cream/kaya wassants are really good too and one would definitely be unable to stop at one.

I have also tried their Prosperity Bun which was filled with lots of red beans (!!!!!), Cinnamon bread, Milk Sticks and Blueberry Cream Cheese, all of which were so good :') One of my dad's trick is to heat the bread up for 12 seconds before consumption, and I swear nothing beats eating warm and soft bread ~

They have increased their price tags though, but for it's quality, it's worth it :) Really liked the HV outlet for it's homely and cozy feel, you can get a coffee to pair with their amazing breads and enjoy a really chill time there :)

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Average Spent Per Person:
5
Best Part:
Milk Pans
Branch Location:
HV
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Yes
CM
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Simplicity at its best
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
4.0
The thing I love most about Provene is how simple their bread is. They don’t try to win you over with over-the-top flavours, and one of the best examples I can give would be their walnut bread. Shaped like a four leaf clover, the bread has a hint of olive oil that touches your palate for the briefest of moments before making way for the star of the show- the walnut. It’s a very simple bread that I have irrevocably fallen in love with.

Of course I’m sure that the bread everyone dives for when they reach the store would be their wassants. However having seen the price increment over time, the wassants have become a tad too over-rated for me, and I much rather enjoy giving their other breads a chance. Provence has satisfied me for many years, and I can only hope that their quality stays the same once they start being seen everywhere in Singapore.
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Best commercial bakery in Singapore
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Hands down, Provence is the best bakery for me in Singapore. It is only here that I find reasonably priced bread of equal standards to some of the better bakeries in Japan or in Europe. Unlike some of the other commercial bakeries around, each and every variety of bread is remarkably savory with just the right softness to it.

Bread, even when kept in the fridge for a few days, should always be soft and fluffy. Provance has without a doubt achieved that consistently in its products. Some of the bread varieties that I particularly enjoy include the Brazilian soy bun, milk pan and egg sandwich. If you are one who enjoys eating high quality bread and don’t mind paying a wee bit more for it, this is the place to go.
ML
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yummy bread
(Updated: November 28, 2012)
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
I have tried Provence a couple of times before. I thought that their bread were nice but its price is slightly on the high side

I like their cinnamon and coffee bun. The cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top of the bun was sweet and the coffee flavor in the bread was just right. I really liked it a lot. Their wassants are good too!

In fact, Provence do have seats at their bakery and you can choose to take away the bread or have it in the bakery/cafe itself. Other than bread displayed on the trays, they've got sandwiches and coffee as well! Definitely a much cheaper alternative than Starbucks or coffee bean. Though their seating area isn't huge, you may get a seat if you're lucky!

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Inconsistent Quality
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
3.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
I am in love with Provence, and especially their milk pan bread. I mean, who can resist soft, fluffy bread with a little pool of delicious milky cream in the middle. When served warm, it's the absolute comfort food. And despite being on a low-carb diet, I can't help but indulge in these little babies each time I walk past the bakery.

However, I was sadly disappointed when I purchased one from the Century Square outlet. I'd expected no less than the perfect Milk Pan but when I bit into it, the bread was hard and obviously not fresh. This has given me the impression that perhaps the quality of the breads in the town area outlets are better than those in the heartland outlets. Disappointing, but I'm definitely gonna get another milk pan when I'm in town!

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Average Spent Per Person:
1
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Good, light and fluffy.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
5.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Provence serves up light and fluffy bread-something that I am a sucker for. They have a wide variety of breads, ranging from small pizzas to wassants. My personal favourites are the brazillian cheese bun as well as the chocolate wassant. The breads are extremely enjoyable and have a sticky and chewy interior, that is something that is rather unique to provence as not many bakeries do have the same kind of texture of bread. The ambiance is a simplly-designed and cosy cafe, perfect for meeting friends for some tea break. The wassant is a bit on the pricey side, but the other breads are pretty reasonable. It is definitely worth my money.

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Average Spent Per Person:
5
Branch Location:
Holland Village
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Sesami Pizza!
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.5
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
The sesame pizza is a must-try if you are a cheese-lover/ pizza-lover! The cheese was so thick, the crust so chewy and tasty. I sometimes have this for lunch when i've no time to sit down for a proper meal.

This is definitely filling and worth it. The outlet at ION sells Curry-pizza too! Instead of having big chunks of tomatoes like this sesami-pizza, it is filled with chicken bits and curry potatoes. The filling of the pizzas are so generous.

If you like neither cheese nor pizza, have the milk pan. It's so soft and chewy you'll love it!

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Average Spent Per Person:
0
Best Part:
yummy cheese and crust
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Chocolate Wassant
(Updated: October 17, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Once I stepped into Provence Bakery & Café, I was greeted by the aroma of those freshly backed pastry that immediately tempted my tastebud. The best-selling Chocolate Wassant is non-greasy and soft, rich flavours of butter make it tastier.

I didn’t know that the little Chocolate Wassant preparation can take more than a half day to finish and the production process is so troublesome when I first tasted it. The freshly prepared dough had to be refrigerated until it’s cold before adding chocolate, then the dough had to be refrigerated once more before the entire process is repeated. After that, I treasured every bite of it.

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Delicious and soft buns
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3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
Love the outlet at Holland Village because it looks cute with its French & Japanese decor. Although it was tucked away is a corner of Holland Village, they do have a steady stream of customers coming in and out of the bakery plus cafe. Other than the various buns and bread on sale, they do sell drinks and other food items that you can enjoy in the cool indoor seating or out in their alfresco seating.

My all time favourite is the Cinnamon Cream Cheese bun. The soft bun is filled with yummy spicy cinnamon filling and drizzled with cream cheese icing. I never fail to grab one when I am in the area. The other buns are also different from the usual ones we see in local bakery like BreadTalk etc. And their Wassant is really popular as well. They are soft and fluffy and so tiny that you can eat a few in one seating.

They have opened a few more express counter in other parts of Singapore and they have another Bakery plus cafe at Ion Singapore. But for the best experience, do visit the branch at Holland Village.

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Average Spent Per Person:
5
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