The Tangs department store had been undergoing a lot of renovations which took place in staggered phases so that only small areas were closed off and the main areas were still open for business. After enduring what seems like an eternity of renovations at Tangs, it seems that everything is now complete. During our visit to Tangs recently, we were struck by the beautiful design and decor of the now fully revamped store. If this was not a food blog, I would be quite happy to give you a full description of Tangs. But for now I will let you see some photos to give you a sneak preview until your next visit. The new Tangs is not a facelift, we would say that it is a total makeover and we think the inconvenience and effort have been worth it. We hereby nominate them for the most beautiful department store in Singapore award.
The icing on the cake is that on the second floor, part of the retail space had been cleared to make way for a cafe by The Providore. Word seems to have travelled fast as the place was already packed at 11.30 am in the morning. Don’t these people have to work?
The folks at Providore have certainly made a name for themselves after branching out of retailing artisanal foodstuff from their warehouse at Tan Boon Liat Building. Their foray into the cafe business started with their outlet at Mandarin Gallery and has been very successful, judging by the packed tables there. It seems that their drawing power is still strong and in this new and improved Tangs, the small cafe (we guesstimate a seating capacity of 30 pax) was full. Unfortunately we were not able to stop and sample the food, but if the items on display was any indication, we would say that it is carrying on its winning formula.
The Providore’s menu is understandably limited in view of the smallness of space here. The pricing is similar to the Mandarin Gallery outlet (i.e. not low). Some sandwiches are available in the $15 price range. There are also some more interesting items such as poached salmon nicoise ($19), lobster mac & cheese ($25.50) and porkloin involtini ($24.50). We suspect that a large number of their patrons will be shoppers taking a break from their shopping. For them Providore’s famed pastries and coffee would be the main draw. The pastries on display are very attractive and the rum baba ($12.50) in particular was calling out to us.
The cafe has the same opening hours as the department store i.e. Monday to Saturday 10.30 am to 9.30 pm; Sunday 11 am to 8.30 pm.
The Providore Tangs
Level 2 Tangs Department Store
310 Orchard Road
Tel: 6235 1425