Dinner @ Pollen

May 11, 2013 in European by thywhaleliciousfay

I was sold when I learnt about Pollen while surfing the net. Although it was said that the food is pretty expensive, and that most online reviews are on Pollen’s lunch menu, I was set to check out their dinner menu. And a good reason came along to celebrate my friend’s birthday!

Having not come to Gardens by the Bay, least to speak Flower Dome, I was lost. But thankfully the birthday girl knew her way round. But even so, we had to ask for directions from the Customer Services Counter when we reached Flower Dome.

Pollen is a short walk from Flower Dome. Though it’s to note that when we called in earlier at 3pm to make reservation for 7pm (for the same day), the lady mentioned buggy service is provided. But that’s if one comes by car because that’s where the pick up point is.

We were greeted by a lady at the entrance who immediately brought us to our table. Upon seated, a gentleman came to ask if we wanted still or sparkling. To which, we went for the latter.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Bread, Complimentary (above)

2) Amuse-bouche, Complimentary (above) – Dinner was kick started with amuse bouche. Choux buns with truffle cream, crackers and fried balls with rice within.

3) Trip to Japan 2013, $38 (above) – A must order! Scallop sashimi on radish and topped with sea urchin. Scallop was fresh and sweet. Absolutely yummy!

4) Scottish lobster, chilled lobster, fennel cream, sea urchin, $55 (above) – Another must order! We did not realise a simple lobster dish will be served in three different presentations. Of the three, my favourite will be the soup (in a glass) where all the essence is! The least will be lobster meat which was slightly bland.

5) Mosaic of foie gras and confit duck with cherries and apple, $40 (above) – This was different from what I imagined it to be. But I should have known from the word ‘mosaic’. Foie gras and duck meat was served together in layers. Interesting!

6) Kurobuta pork belly, braised cheek, charred leeks, butternut squash, $67 (above) – Served two ways, one is sweet (The dark lump in the picture) while the other is more towards the salty end. The meat was tender with a good balance of fats, though not to the extent of melt-in-mouth.

7) Halibut, saffron potatoes, smoked eel, leeks, sea urchin cream, $70 (above) – Fish was fresh, but bland in my opinion.

8) Palette cleanser, Complimentary (above) – Watermelon jelly with ginger ale. The jelly has a very faint taste of the watermelon. And because it’s jelly, this did not feel like a palette cleanser. Felt as thought it’s a dessert though it did serve its purpose in muting the heavy taste from earlier courses. Ha.

9) Pollen “tatin”, $20 (above) – A must order. Under the jelly are salted caramel ice cream and puff pastry which had a ting of sweetness. A very refreshing dish.

10) Au petite fourt tatin), $9.50 (above) – Served together with a pot of tea, the muffin was light and moist while the lime flavoured macaroon disintegrated nicely once it came into contact with the mouth.

Overall, I enjoyed the dinner very much. Love the food. And I appreciate that the staff was attentive yet not too intrusive. And for those who did not know (me included), Pollen is the sister restaurant to Michelin-starred British chef Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social in London. So yes, you know you are in good hands!

18 Marina Gardens Drive, Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, #01-09, Singapore
6604 9988, Website, Facebook
Overall: 8
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 9
Tues – Sun : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 8
Tues – Sun : 18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
* Closed on Mon
Service: 8