Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Pollen @ Gardens by the Bay

The bunny and a colleague and  recently visited Pollen at Gardens by the Bay as we were giving our visitor from the US a short tour of sunny Singapore...

Menu cover

Pollen is not a place that one would usually pop in on a whim. For one, it's not easy to locate. An easier way other than trudging though the gardens and ending up hot and sweaty would be to spot the buggy near the visitor's centre and hitch a ride. The buggy sends you to the entrance near MBS or back to the visitor's centre when you're done at the restaurant.

Nestled within the greenery, there's quite a view from Pollen.

View from Pollen
I wasn't really paying much attention to the food  as I was playing host to my guest instead of being in food-connoisseur mode. Hence, the pictures are going to do most of the talking in this post.

Table decor at Pollen
The menu 
Canapés
The walnut bread roll with seaweed butter definitely appealed to my tastebuds. As Colette in Ratatouilli (2007) said, "Oh, the symphony of crackle. Only great bread sound this way." Pollen's walnut bread crackled wonderfully, was really fragrant, and had a soft, chewy center. The seaweed butter tasted savoury and had just a light touch of the nori flavor. 

Walnut bread roll with seaweed butter
My main course was the Challandaise duck breast, braised leg, miso butterscotch, heritage carrots, orange gel ($70). The duck breast was done pink and juicy with a thin layer of crispy skin.

Challandaise duck
And... the bunny couldn't resist posing with a nicely plated dish
My colleague and guest ordered the Rangers Valley 300-day tenderloin, wagyu beef cheek, chicory, parmesan cream ($78). Feedback heard was that the generous hunk of beef was really tender.

Rangers Valley 300-day tenderloin
Dessert ordered was Jaal ($20), dark plum, Pollen chocolate, pomegranate, green and purple oba, puffed rice.
Jaal
Petit fours
An added perk when you dine at Pollen is that you get a complementary visit to the Flower Dome (tickets at $12 for adult local residents). As rightly advised by the staff at Pollen, the Flower Dome looks better in the day - it's really dim at night, so be sure to time your visit if you're planning to take advantage of the offer.

Overall, the meal at Pollen was fine and the service was impeccable, but it was nowhere memorable (except for the prices maybe!).

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