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 ....
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|