It just happened to get ticked off one day after an impromptu lunch at Pollen restaurant - a new addition to the Singapore fine dining scene within the expansive Gardens by the Bay grounds.
|Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay, Singapore|
|Pollen at the Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore|
It's most appropriate that the restaurant is located within, essentially, a huge flower and plant house showcasing flora from all over the world in a necessarily temperature-controlled environment.
|Pollen dining room|
The spacious restaurant is surrounded by garden greenery, giving it quite the relaxing, getaway feel. There was very much a corporate crowd at lunch, in addition to the requisite ladies of leisure and indeed, couples of leisure.
|Plates at Pollen|
Pollen offers a set three-course lunch that seems reasonable at S$70 given the a la carte pricing. Our group was split between the two options, with the set menu portions noticeably smaller in the end.
|Jerusalem artichoke soup, roasted scallop, squid, eggplant puree|
|Crab cocktail, avocado, sweet corn sorbet, caviar on toast|
Pimping it up was the caviar served in what looked like a beauty cream jar of crème fraiche. The set menu featured a similar entrée as a smaller size sans caviar and crisp breads.
|Roasted quail "brunch", foie gras on toast, cereals, quail tea|
|Quail dish's foie gras on toast and quail tea|
|Line-caught John Dory, saffron mash, "bouillabaisse"|
The squid ink-cooked squid and vegetables were really just props with the real flavour coming from the "bouillabaisse" seafood-based broth, presented and poured around the fish at the table.
|Braised Welsh lamb shoulder, lamb cutlet, baby gem, baked celeriac|
The grilled baby gem lettuce and celeriac were much-needed additions to bulk out the dish, which looked a few cutlets short of a main meal.
|Palate cleanser: Lemongrass jelly with passionfruit espuma|
|"Ocumare cremeux", pistachio parfait, honey saffron ice cream, toasted brioche|
The pistachio parfait dessert looked fit for the gardens with its decorative leaf and soil-like chocolate bits beneath an intriguing honey saffron ice cream.
|Crispy and burnt lemon meringue with cucumber sorbet|
Cubes of mango and a refreshing green cucumber sorbet were offset with flakes of black - salt, perhaps - although I was too enamoured with the meringues to notice.
|"Japanese green tea", raspberry sorbet, yoghurt mousse|
In any case, the fresh raspberries, raspberry sorbet and dense, moist green tea flavoured cake made for a joyfully harmonious, if not too sweet, dessert.
|A la carte dessert|
I have no idea what the dessert was and no idea whether I'd be able to enjoy a sweet dish when I'd be too concerned over the source/weight/type/brittleness of the rock.
|Petit fours selection|
|View back on Gardens by the Bay|
See more photos from Singapore's Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands on my Facebook page. A final Singapore post to come, on a hawker food centre.