HungryGoWhere Singapore Food Guide, Restaurants, Eating Guide and Reviews - HGW
Search the site
0%68%100%66 votes

Pollen

3.4

Eatability rating

44 reviews

Write a review
EuropeanMediterraneanModern EuropeanWestern
Located in the Flower Dome of Gardens By The Bay, Pollen offers modern European cuisine with a touch of Mediterranean influences. With Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton as its chef director, this 2 storey restaurant with a sitting capacity of 120 is a must go for any food enthusiast.

Daily: 12:00 - 14:30

Daily: 06:00 - 22:00

+65 66049988
$115 based on 66 submissions
Dinner (13 votes), Lunch (9 votes), Romance/First Dates (9 votes)

Need a table now? Book these restaurants in less than 2 minutes

Show me more choices
3

Dining In Cool Comfort Of The Flower Dome

The wife and I were both on leave and were eager to try out Jason Atherton's (former protege of Gordon Ramsay) Pollen @ Gardens By The Bay, which is similarly named after his Michelin starred restaurant in London, Pollen Street Social. Expectations, expectations, expectations.

Situated within the world's largest glass greenhouse, Flower Dome @ Gardens By The Bay (free buggy ride and entrance), Pollen occupies two levels within the dome, with the upper level (terrace) serving up a selection of dishes in a garden like, cafe setting and the lower level boasting a proper restaurant with a dessert counter where you can choose to have your desserts and/or view them being prepared. I appreciate the novelty of dining in a chilled greenhouse surrounded by nature and sunlight but would appreciate more greenery being incorporated into the restaurant. Still cosy nonetheless.

Complimentary Bread - The homemade white sourdough bread sported a crusty surface with a lightly spongy center and came served with hummus and mustard butter; both of which I'm originally not quite a fan of. However the mustard butter surprised me; smooth and creamy with an ever so slight hint of mustard. Pretty decent.

Amuse Bouche - Our amuse bouche for the afternoon. a steamed bun with Gorgonzola and truffle oil - fluffy and chewy with a hint of truffle oil and a mild pungency of the cheese. A rather interesting and decent start to our lunch.

Cured Trout, Dill Sago, Japanese Cucumber, Ikura, Yuzu - Topped with frozen (by liquid nitrogen) cucumber (tasted like sorbet) for that smokey visual effect, the cured trout had a delicate sweetness to it coupled with firm, mildly chewy flesh. The saltiness came courtesy of the ikura (fish roe), balancing out the mild rawness from the cucumbers. Nice.

Seared Foie Gras, Poached Quince, Walnut Cream (+$12) - Though quivery, the foie gras could do with a little more searing on the surface whilst the sweetness of the walnut cream and walnuts helped to cut through the gaminess. The latter also provided a nice crunchy element. What was new to me was the quince, which tasted a little like peach to me, albeit a little tougher. It apparently belongs to the same family as apples and pears and can't be eaten raw. Most interesting.

Roasted Barramundi, Cauliflower, Grapes, Curry Cream - The roasted barramundi was pretty good; crisp skin coupled with firm, flaky flesh and drizzled over with a non spicy curry sauce, all on a bed of deliciously roasted cauliflower. I'm usually not a huge fan of fish but this was interestingly good.

Roasted Butternut Risotto, Honey Croutons - Although I liked the butternut risotto for its creamy al dente-ness, chewy honey croutons and crunchy pistachios, I couldn't quite get over the fact that there was no protein in it; a vegetarian option. Portions were quite substantial and too much proved a tad nauseating, to me at least.

 

Due to the word limit, see my entire review and pictures here.

Similar Listings

Have something to say? Write a review.
Overall
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

Delete Photo

Are you sure you want to delete this photo?

Latest Community Reviews:
• 10 Dec 2015 • 1 review • 1 follower

Bad Service.

Overall
Food
Coffee
Drinks
Services
Ambience
Value
Quality
Location
Dear Pollen team
 
 I visited Pollen Terrace yesterday at about 3pm.
 
 While I applaud your initiatives to offer something to the local culinary scene, you might want to look into the service aspects.
 
 Firstly, you seemed to be scarcely understaffed. There was no greeting at the entrance when my friend and I walked in, everyone was occupied, till we got the attention of an obvious newbie to get us a seating.
 
 Why charge 10% service when we are to walk to the counter to make an order?
 
 This I find rather odd, we were told there aren't any afternoon tea selection at 3pm, while it was being served to those who reserved. Is the afternoon tea selection for reservation only?
 
 Both your food and beverage portions are small, it does not seem like a worthy offer for the price stamp it comes with, but I do understand having an exclusive set up and rental costs money.
 
 I must compliment your buffalo bruchetta it was heavenly, we ordered it twice. Why is your menu choices limited, your website shows otherwise, we were only offered the terrace menu, is this practice a norm at 3pm?
 
 Your waiters and staffs were a let down. Most do not communicate, they remove items from the tables without asking, they present items and leave without introducing what it is. Was I in a Kopitiam? My only grouse would be with the Malay gentleman clad in black, who seems like a supervisor of some sort.
 
 While he took time to converse and explain the menu of day to a select few i.e. the whites, the locals were left with one word replies with hardly any smile one was even given faces for being 'difficult'. This should be dealt into as this reflects on the overall professionalism of your establishment. I would  have never expected staffs of a Michelin restaurant would poorly perform.
 
 Having said that one of your Malay female waiter was friendly she smiled when there were eye contacts, this simple gesture makes all the difference. She was approachable though she did not serve us.
 
 I do hope my next visit to render a better image of Pollen.
 
 Thank you.
Overall
Food/Drink
Value
Ambience
Service
• 07 Dec 2015 • 522 reviews • 68 followers

Dining In Cool Comfort Of The Flower Dome

Overall
Food
Coffee
Drinks
Services
Ambience
Value
Quality
Location

The wife and I were both on leave and were eager to try out Jason Atherton's (former protege of Gordon Ramsay) Pollen @ Gardens By The Bay, which is similarly named after his Michelin starred restaurant in London, Pollen Street Social. Expectations, expectations, expectations.

Situated within the world's largest glass greenhouse, Flower Dome @ Gardens By The Bay (free buggy ride and entrance), Pollen occupies two levels within the dome, with the upper level (terrace) serving up a selection of dishes in a garden like, cafe setting and the lower level boasting a proper restaurant with a dessert counter where you can choose to have your desserts and/or view them being prepared. I appreciate the novelty of dining in a chilled greenhouse surrounded by nature and sunlight but would appreciate more greenery being incorporated into the restaurant. Still cosy nonetheless.

Complimentary Bread - The homemade white sourdough bread sported a crusty surface with a lightly spongy center and came served with hummus and mustard butter; both of which I'm originally not quite a fan of. However the mustard butter surprised me; smooth and creamy with an ever so slight hint of mustard. Pretty decent.

Amuse Bouche - Our amuse bouche for the afternoon. a steamed bun with Gorgonzola and truffle oil - fluffy and chewy with a hint of truffle oil and a mild pungency of the cheese. A rather interesting and decent start to our lunch.

Cured Trout, Dill Sago, Japanese Cucumber, Ikura, Yuzu - Topped with frozen (by liquid nitrogen) cucumber (tasted like sorbet) for that smokey visual effect, the cured trout had a delicate sweetness to it coupled with firm, mildly chewy flesh. The saltiness came courtesy of the ikura (fish roe), balancing out the mild rawness from the cucumbers. Nice.

Seared Foie Gras, Poached Quince, Walnut Cream (+$12) - Though quivery, the foie gras could do with a little more searing on the surface whilst the sweetness of the walnut cream and walnuts helped to cut through the gaminess. The latter also provided a nice crunchy element. What was new to me was the quince, which tasted a little like peach to me, albeit a little tougher. It apparently belongs to the same family as apples and pears and can't be eaten raw. Most interesting.

Roasted Barramundi, Cauliflower, Grapes, Curry Cream - The roasted barramundi was pretty good; crisp skin coupled with firm, flaky flesh and drizzled over with a non spicy curry sauce, all on a bed of deliciously roasted cauliflower. I'm usually not a huge fan of fish but this was interestingly good.

Roasted Butternut Risotto, Honey Croutons - Although I liked the butternut risotto for its creamy al dente-ness, chewy honey croutons and crunchy pistachios, I couldn't quite get over the fact that there was no protein in it; a vegetarian option. Portions were quite substantial and too much proved a tad nauseating, to me at least.

 

Due to the word limit, see my entire review and pictures here.

Overall
Food/Drink
Value
Ambience
Service
• 22 Apr 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Great experience

Overall
Food
Coffee
Drinks
Services
Ambience
Value
Quality
Location
I had a great experience! Although I did read about some bad reviews with regards to getting to the location, the receptionist managed to arrange for the buggy to pick us up at the MBS taxi stand instead.
 
 There was no hassle in getting there and we were greeted warmly. As I have requested for a cake to surprise my husband, they remembered and arranged everything nicely as planned.
 
 The food is not over the moon but it was delectable none the less. What's more we could take a stroll after our dinner around the dome.
Overall
Food/Drink
Value
Ambience
Service

Singapore Food Guides

What to Eat
We think that the day of love should be celebrated by all – whether it's taking your significant other out to a special dinner, inviting your most-loved girlfriends to tea, or treating yourself to a good meal with your single friends. Here are some ideas for dining out on this love struck day.
What to Eat
Singapore is a food lover’s paradise, and that includes those with a sweet tooth. With so many options, limited time and stomach room, we round up our favourite desserts that any self-respecting foodie needs to try - and Instagram - at least once

Add to List

Create New List
Create