Founded by the same team behind LI Restaurant, which is listed in T. Dining's Best Restaurants Guide 2020, Provisions Café draws inspiration from the bakeries of California and the cafés of Melbourne.
"We wanted a space where we could go to in the morning or just during the day to have a simple meal," said head chef Lim Heng Kit.
The 3 co-founders, Lim Heng Kit, Lee Ziyan and Lim Yee Rui, met while pursuing their studies in Melbourne, and collaborated to open their first venture LI Restaurant. Once the restaurant gained traction, they felt confident enough to open Provisions Café.
The trio threw open the doors to Provisions Café in August 2019. Conveniently located just next to LI, the bakery has already cultivated a second following, and it's not surprising. Existing fans of LI Restaurant's sourdough quickly spread the word that the team was opening up a modern, bright and picturesque bakery dedicated to the art of yeast.
"The root word for 'provisions' is 'provide,' which also means 'supply'," continued Heng Kit. "We wanted to steadily supply baked goods, including sourdough bread, coffee and some artisanal food products to the neighbourhood.
Decked out in burnt orange and furnished with speckled counter tops and wooden elements, the café instantly garnered attention for its eye-catching aesthetics. An outside bench allows you to linger for photo opps, and a window looking into the kitchen lets you visualise the bread-making process.