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Thursday, 18 September 2014

miss b loves.... a memorable experience at Pollen, Singapore

I mentioned briefly here that during our trip to Singapore in July we enjoyed one of the most memorable lunches we have ever eaten. Well, it was more than a lunch and more of an experience! Pollen takes its name from renowned, Michelin starred British chef Jason Atherton's flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social in London. It's the perfect name, as this one is housed in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay.

Our table was in the perfect spot with impressive views of the city and the huge ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer.

The beautiful charger plates, decorated with illustrations of flowers and plants, immediately caught my eye ....

Intriguing amuse-bouches soon arrived and the attention to detail was a sign of great things to come .....

Bread served with garlic-infused butter topped with crispy seaweed. Who would have thought that humble bread and butter could taste so special!


Creative, innovative flavour combinations and possibly some of the prettiest food we have ever eaten then followed. Presentation was so carefully thought out but as much as I'm impressed by attractive plates of food, there have to be quality ingredients and great flavours too......and of course there were!

Chicken liver parfait, Szechuan pepper,
verjus, 80% Valhrona

Each dish had the wow factor with intense and unusual flavour combinations and textures. I was curious about chocolate with chicken liver parfait but it was exquisite! The swordfish starter was another good choice too!

Lightly cured swordfish, fennel,
grapefruit nitro, toasted seaweed

On to mains .... If I spot red snapper on the menu then it's usually my first choice and this was cooked to perfection! 

Poached red snapper, squid, black paella,
 pomelo and cucumber salad

Herbs used are grown in Pollen's own herb garden.

200 day grain-fed Black Angus beef
 from Stockyard served with piccalilli

We both chose the Black Forest for dessert served on a huge white stone. A playful and clever twist on the classic Black Forest dessert..... Desserts are known for being inventive and experimental here!

Cherry, pandan, JAAL 75% chocolate,
 shimeji, roasted tomatoes

Service was impeccable too .... attentive, slick without being overbearing and the contemporary interior is stylish, elegant, unfussy creating the perfect relaxed ambiance to enjoy a leisurely lunch (or dinner!) 

Finally .... the sweet petits fours ......I would love to recreate those melt in the mouth marshmallows at home!

The verdict ....truly unforgettable! One flavour sensation after another! A bonus too .... Guests dining at Pollen also have free access to the Flower Dome. A perfect post lunch activity! 

To read more about the incredible Gardens by the Bay and our trip to Singapore click here

Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay


  1. I can definitely see why this would be such a memorable dining experience for you! Everything from the stellar atmosphere to the artful presentation of the delicious looking food looks beyond incredible! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  2. Miss B, I will remember for sure the name of this place, just wow! I can believe the wonderful experience it must have been, for the eyes and the mouth! Im so stunned by the amazing presentation of each dish amd how they experiment new flavors. The marshmallows look heavenly! Also, beautiful decor and view from ur table. I remember the Gardens by the Bay from ur previous post. Many kisses! xo

  3. Oh,my.....
    Looks SO spectacular and so delish!!!
    I can say only: the Art kitchen work is there...........:)*
    Thankyou very much for share,dearmiss B.

    Greetings and hugs to you,

  4. All look so perfect and beautiful... the place, the menu, the presentation, the ingredients !!! Definitely gorgeous and definitely memorable !!! I really loved the dessert on the huge white stones... so innovative and inventive !!! Such a fantastic experience !!! My warm regards from Greece !!!

  5. The Gardens By The Bay looks so futuristic. I would like to try The Pollen. The food looks so creative and delicious. Good thing the service was impeccable. I would really like to visit Singapore one day.

  6. What a delightful place! And the plate is so beautiful!!

  7. Hello Miss B
    Pollen looks an amazing restaurant.
    We fly via Singapore every so often so I'll keep it in mind - thank you!
    The food presentation is beautiful.
    Lovely to meet you BJ - I'm following you now.
    Have a happy and fun weekend.


    1. I hope you manage to experience Pollen one day. Thank you very much for deciding to follow along, Shane.

  8. What an extraordinary place! I'd love to experience something like this one day! All the food looks like it took them days to prepare it! And decorated so carefully! And the Garden is a great idea after a luxurious lunch! Those Supertrees look odd but I like them, haha.

  9. Hi Miss B, what a fabulous place to lunch over looking gorgeous sights. The food looks incredible. Love how they have presented the food which makes them even more delicious. I am sure it was a true memory maker.
    Thank you for sharing your experience.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs and Blessings

  10. Il est incroyable ce restaurant! J'auras aimé gouté le poulet avec le chocolat valhrona, il doit être une expérience incroyable. Merci pour me faire voyager si loin ;) Bon weekend!

  11. The food looks like works of art Miss B! So beautiful. Pollen is gorgeous! Spectacular place.

  12. One more thing to bookmark for my trip next month! Have a wonderful weekend!! xoxo

  13. I'm salivating, well you know me, I'm such a foodie and like you I believe not only should it be about taste but presentation too. I was just reading some research the other day that showed how much of an impact food presentation has on taste. I've never ordered red snapper at a restaurant but my mum used to make me some occasionally for breakfast. I love the fact that they used the herbs that were grown in their own gardens, that's definitely something to boast about and would account for , I'm sure, the exquisite flavours your mouth experienced.

  14. i LOVE GOING to Singapore
    such a clean country
    and the people are disciplined.
    Loved their food especially their chicken rice.

    Your pics look amazing ♥


  15. I really like the way the food is presented! Such a feast for the eyes. I would love to have lunch/dinner there.

  16. These plated look very Masterchef-esque, hehe. I really love swordfish and fennel, so that and many others displayed in this post sounds divine!

  17. amazing photos! the last one with supertrees is out of this world! something to see, for sure...

  18. Wow, this looks amazing...combined with the architecture, it's just stunning. I would love to visit this place...going on my list ;) Hoping you have had a wonderful September Ms. B! I'm finally back blogging again and have missed you!

    xo Mary Jo

  19. And the building sort of looks like a bee hive!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  20. oh wao! what an amazing experience. I'm so glad you documented everything because you can relive the experience over and over. Lovely photos and the menu just seemed divine!

  21. Oh wow, their presentation is really lovely.

    Great photos !!

    ~ Lu

  22. I'm a little lost for words.. these photos are fantastic! I adore your travel photos :) All of this food looks so beautifully presented and neat/clean on the plate. I'm amazed that those white blocks are marshmallows - how interesting and unusual, I can see why you're keen to recreate them at home! If you choose to ever try that recipe, I'd love to see how on your blog?! :)

    - I follow back on Bloglovin' -


    1. Thank you, Gabrielle. I'm so pleased that you enjoy my travel photos. If I manage to successfully make anything vaguely similar I will write about it but recreating these sweet treats would certainly be a challenge!!

  23. Impressive food presentation and of course the location can't be beaten. I'm particularly interested in the swordfish dish as I grew up eating a similar delicacy. The fish is 'cooked' in its marinade. I always make sure I have one whenever I visit. Thanks miss b for always dropping by my page and enjoying my travel posts. It's always flattering to hear such comments from someone who's so well-travelled. Hope you're having a lovely week so far :)

  24. Hello Miss B, first time visiting your blog and appreciating it a lot.
    The way you describe your experience in a restaurant in Singapore made me wish to be there. It's so good when we go to a restaurant where the food and ambiance gives us such a remarkable experience.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and I hope you will visit again!

  25. Wow delicious post!!!!
    Have a good week!!! my g+ for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  26. The food looks fascinating. Almost too pretty to eat.

  27. Although I eat today already a lot now I'm hungry again! The food must haven been wonderful and I thank you so much that you share again so many beautiful pictures of wonderful places <3

    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

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  28. Mmm so much food that looks delicious

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  29. Gosh, what gorgeous food..it's plated so artistically! And the setting of the restaurant is lovely, too. What a terrific dining experience :)

  30. That plateful at the top looks so so pretty. And exotic

  31. Beautiful photos and the food looks amazing!!

  32. What a fantastic experience! The food looks amazing, just like examples of culinary art! x

  33. Wonderful post... and a culinary delight! xoxo, B

  34. You taste the most exotic foods, my friend. Singapore sounds like an interesting place to visit. The melt in the mouth marshmallows look so yummy. I love marshmallows! And the orange plant is so unique and pretty, and one I've never seen before. I'm so lucky to visit all these different places through your pictures. Thank you for sharing.


  35. i've always wanted to go to singapore, the gardens look amazing!

  36. i am just in love with your adventures! adding to my travel list!

  37. Thanks for your nice and interesting comment <3 Happy weekend! xx Rena

  38. The architecture is stunning and fascinating, so is the landscaping. Pollen is such a fresh concept to experience and the way you describe the burst of flavors one after the other, wow. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  39. Miss B I'm totally charmed by this slow food experience!
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  40. Wow Miss B...you really take me to another place when I visit your blog. I love all of your beautiful pictures and I find myself always living vicariously through you!

  41. What an experience! The presentation alone is incredible and the food looks divine....and what stunning views! What a treat :)

  42. Thank you! I appreciate all your positive comments. This is indeed a very special restaurant in a unique location!

  43. Wow, what a fabulous place! One for the list for sure. Amazingly beautiful food, but what a setting too! I so want to go! Thanks for sharing this Miss b! x

  44. Woooow these presentations are picture perfect and they look yummi too, I am even more hungry now. I took note of Pollen : )

  45. Hi Miss B, so fun to revisit this wonderful post again. Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. So happy you had a wonderful holiday and back home safe and sound. Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.
    Happy November and a fabulous weekend.


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