The Providore

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A tray of The Providore's delicious breakfast. Supplied

A ‘providore’ by definition is a purveyor, a provider of goods, provisions and supplies; it is also    the name of the brand new café and gourmet food store just opened on Sothearos Boulevard, between Street 294 and the Russian Embassy. 
 
First and foremost The Providore is a retail, take home, gourmet food pantry offering an impressive selection of imported cheeses, cold cuts, charcuterie, antipasti, steaks and other meats, olive oils, condiments, fine wines and much, much more. Many of the products they sell are exclusive and the pricing is extremely competitive, as could be expected when you are owned by one of the biggest importers and distributors of food and beverage in this country. 
 
The Providore also operates as a small café and canteen, principally giving people the chance to try their products in simple, provincial style dishes, designed to highlight the quality of the produce. 
 
Breakfast at Providore is already proving very popular, albeit with a modest number of tables. The café can only comfortably seat around a dozen people at one time and in the near future this could become a problem. There is scope to develop some courtyard seating when the weather cools off a little. 
 
The breakfast menu is small, interesting and well considered: an eggs benedict served with a ham hock terrine or salmon gravlax, a ‘house’ breakfast of eggs, bacon and chorizo, eggs with Olmeda anchovies and Serrona ham or salmon gravlax. Then there is Bircher muesli or sourdough toast with jams. The eggs are sold as organic and the bacon is primo Australian and very tasty. Breakfast dishes range from $3.50 to $8 dollars.  
 
The coffee is Rumble Fish roasters in Kampot and it is extremely good. I will return for the coffee alone, although there was no fresh juice option and I was offered orange juice in a can. 
 
 There is a salad section on the menu which lets you create your own, a small selection of baguettes and sandwiches that could be expanded as the business matures and a few different cakes and desserts. There is also a Spanish, Italian and French patters as well as the option to make your own. These are specifically designed to highlight the stores charcuterie, antipasto and cheese offerings. At $10 each they are great value. 
 
The shop house space is modernist industrial with mint green ironwork, polished cement, distressed timber and white tiles, and the staff are friendly and seem very happy to share their food with you. The chef is the very competent Sok ‘Sam’ Samnang (ex-Public House) and the new manager is Parisian actress and F&B veteran Julia Leyris, who injects a genuine sense of humor into her professional charm and is instantly pleasant company.
 
The Providore is a small space with some very good quality produce; with its great coffee, take-home fare and with tastings and mini events planned for each week it is destined to fast become a local favorite in the Svay Pope Pagoda neighborhood. 
 
Open seven days per week from 7am till 8pm. 1 Samdach Sothearos Boulevard. 

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