Singapore - Modern British Chow at Jason Atherton's Pollen at Gardens by the Bay
Definltely one of the most popular dining spot in Singpore at the moment - Jason Atherton's Pollen at Singapore spectacular Gardens by the Bay. The restaurant is located in the giganticFlower Dome, where it's spring all year round, with the temperature kept at a steady 22 deg C, a nice respite from the hellish 35 deg C typical Singapore heat outside.
Pollen serves Mediterranean-inspired Mod-Brit cuisine. Last weekend when we were there, we opted for the tasting menu which consisted of:
- Slow-cooked egg, “English Breakfast” - this was beautiful, served in a perfect brown eggshell, nestled in a hay-filled square box. It was scrambled eggs atop an intensely-flavored tomato concasse, topped withslow-cooked egg-white sprinkled with crisp bacon bits;
- Crab cocktail, avocado, beetroot sorbet, caviar on toast - nothing groundbreaking, but tasty.
- Scallop carpaccio, cucumber, apple & horseradish snow - nice, we actually opted for this instead of the fallow deer tartare which didn't soundtoo apealing to us.
- Roasted seabass, salt-baked celeriac, Jerusalem artichoke, "chicken vinaigrette" - too salty, the fish was overcooked. Didn't like it.
- Rangers Valley 300-day tenderloin, oxtail, charred eggplant, smoked potatoes - the tenderloin had a fantastic texture, oxtail was a biut overcooked. Didn't like vegie accompaniments.
- Guava sorbet palate cleanser before the desserts ...
- Frozen blackberries, goat cheese sorbet, rhubarb consomme, mint oil - fantastic sorbet.
- Coffee and cognac, honey truffle cream, hazelnut crocante - nice, but both desserts were nowhere near the ones I had at Atherton's London flagship, Pollen Street Social in Mayfair (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811458).
Very nice setting, pity about the food. Thanks to my friend who made the 1-month advance booking needed for a Saturday evening dinner. The views of the 150-feet tall gigantic, illuminated "super-trees" at the futuristic Gardens by the Bay - you can walk on the elevated "skywalk" between the trees after dinner - was well worth it.
Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-09
Tel: +65-6604 9988
I tried this last weekend and was totally blown away! You should have tried the fallow deer tartare.
Overall, I liked the food and the dessert and petit fours.
The scrambled eggs looked nicer on the London web-site compared to the one we get in Singapore but was tasty all the same.
I like the fact that we can take a walk in the temperature-controlled Flower Dome conservatory after dinner, but its size of 190 football fields also meant that we can't cover everything.
I didn't try the Supertree skywalk in your pictures as I have an irrational fear of heights, and the steel "trees" are 15-20 storeys in height! No thanks.
Well, the tasting menu plus drinks did amount to S$220 per head, so the "complimentary" access to the Flower Dome, which costs only around S$25 for Singapore residents (and also include access to the adjacent Cloud Forest dome) would already been factored into the overall price, I suspect.
I myself would consider this place to be very expensive for what one seems to be getting, based on klyeoh's pictures and descriptions, let alone Waku Ghin etc which would be even worse.
High-end fine dining in Singapore does seem to be more expensive than in the US.
Is that SGD$220 (about US$180) inclusive or exclusive of service and tax? I presume no alcohol (other than the cognac) was consumed?
Hi huiray, not cognac itself - it was part of the dessert: a junket-like dessert which contained 'coffee & cognac'. We only had a glass of house wine each.
Yes, dining in Singapore can be expensive - Pollen was pitched as a medium-to-slightly-high priced eatery, but you can see that it's already equivalent to what one would pay in a 2- or 3-Michelin-star eatery in NYC or SF Bay Area. The standard of cooking and service here still fall far short of what I'd get in the US (or Europe), unfortunately.