Breakfast buffet at Providore Cebu
I found out about Providore Cebu, thanks to Trixie of GoodFoodtrip.com. The restaurant recently opened at Robinsons Galleria and now offer breakfast buffets to in-house guests at the adjacent Summit Galleria Cebu. This is said to be the first project of the Raintree Hospitality Group (of Museum Cafe, Chelsea Kitchen, Kabila fame) in the city.
In Trixie’s blog feature, she uploaded a photo of a mound of bacon resting on a skillet. That image is one of the reasons why I really wanted to visit the new kid in town.
It took me awhile though as I could not find the perfect excuse for the Php 495 price tag. Thankfully, I found a justification for this expense when I was in the mood to celebrate a personal milestone last Sunday.
Hip yet casual interiors
Providore Cebu does not look like most hotel buffets from the get-go. Its interiors are hip yet casual with artsy light pieces, the choice of floor tiles and the use of predominantly gray and yellow palette. There are many very Instagrammable spaces here so to speak.
The restaurant is divided into various hubs, marked by the type of furniture in that area – bar stools by the pantry and lounge chairs near the hotel lobby. The dining tables for walk-in guests are scattered around.
A curated breakfast buffet
It has a salad bar, pastry (that featured local kakanins) and egg stations, and a corner where all the mains are displayed and where one can view the action in the open kitchen.
The bacon will be the easy bestseller of course but there were also a handful of interesting options that morning – bacon tocino and bacon ensaymada just to name a few.
The standout for me was the Ube Champorado which I think is a brilliant take on the savory Filipino rice porridge. It paired nicely with the dried palad flakes. The latter is less popular compared to Cebu’s danggit, but I sometimes prefer this bite-sized and less briny variety.
The number of dishes at Providore may be underwhelming for those who are expecting a feast here. But for a midrange hotel, the breakfast buffet cost is quite reasonable already. If you want a dizzying array of fruits and seafood perhaps, then head instead to those chi-chi resorts at Mactan. It will definitely cost you more.
It’s quality over quantity here. I appreciated how the chef has smartly curated the restaurant’s breakfast offerings. He could have bombarded the spread with 10 more processed meats (longganisa, corned beef and tapa) and yesterday’s reheated specials. But his team instead chose to work with what’s available and what’s fresh locally.
Artisanal food items
Near the Galleria entrance is an open rack that carries local artisanal food items. The display showcases organic sea salt, tablea, bangus preserves and many others. Most of the selections are from Luzon. I do hope that in time, Providore Cebu will also provide a space for purveyors and suppliers based in these parts or from the nearby regions.
All these are up for grabs including the Barik Lambanog, which was what I’ve been eyeing on our way out. I’ve never tasted this potent native moonshine even in my carefree college years.
I hope to be back if only to take home a bottle or two of the Barik and try the restaurant’s ala carte dishes as well.
The online menu from the restaurant’s main branch in BGC has these: Decadent Bone Marrow Burger, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner and US Beef and Oxtail Kare-Kare. I’m not sure if Providore Cebu also carries them but I’d be interested to try these old-school (but slightly reimagined?) comfort meals.
It is important to note that Providore provides more than just breakfast buffets. While it is the exclusive F&B arm of Summit Hotel Galleria, it is also a cakes and pastries place, a coffee bar, a bistro and a mini-market for artisanal kitchen provisions.
GF Robinsons Galleria Cebu
Breakfast buffet: 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Restaurant: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM