Exquisite 100Gourmet Dinner @ Pollen by Jason Artherton on 27Nov2016

excellent granita

excellent granita

we had 3 citibank 100gourmet dinners this year, and they were all very good.

not to say one is better than the other, but they all offered new surprises & met expectations, which is not easy as each dinner experience is always compared with those previously & that can often disappoint.

100 gourmet menu @ pollen

100 gourmet menu @ pollen

wife booked 3pax dinner at pollen on sunday 27nov2016, the last 100gourmet for 2016. ^^

wine pairing (6 wines for 6 course!!)

wine pairing (6 wines for 6 course!!)

& she took the wine pairing, w0w, 6 wines! 🙂

excellent granita

excellent granita

in terms of fineness & taste, this again easily met expectations, among the best even c/w the other 3 fabulous 100gourmet dinners we had-

  1. Superb Sumptuous 100Gourmet Dinner @ Ash & Elm Intercontinental Hotel on 26Aug2016
  2. Superb 100Gourmet 6-course Degustation Dinner @ Salted and Hung on 21Jul2016
  3. Excellent Citibank 100Gourmet Degustation Dinner @ Lewin Terrace on 24Jun2016

the sorbet starter was quite exquisite!

multigrain & sourdough

multigrain & sourdough

freshly baked bread was excellent! low carbs me actually had a second serving.

sour dough was great. mulitgrain was even better!

sesame butter was superb

sesame butter was superb

sesame butter was very good.

but i had a seaweed butter before, not sure if here, & that was really good!

bouillon of duck (a consomme)

#1 snacks – bouillon of duck (a consomme)

there were 3 snacks-bouillon of duck, toast of beef tartare & mushroom crackers.

the duck consomme was intense yet smooth & tasty. wife found it a bit robust to her liking. daughter & i liked it.

toast of beef tartare + mushroom crackers

#1 snacks – toast of beef tartare + mushroom crackers

mushroom crackers

#1 snacks – mushroom crackers

mushroom crackers also tasted great, especially with the cepe mousse & feta.

toast of beef tatare

#1 snacks – toast of beef tartare

toast of beef tartare good too, less wow..

scottish langoustine with cod roe

#2 scottish langoustine with cod roe

langoustine was real wow!

scottish langoustine with cod roe

#2 scottish langoustine with cod roe

like a botan ebi sashimi, the sweetness & bite were quite “superlative”!

& the sides, the mousse, all incredible combination look & taste.

spiced pork with rose apple shavings

#3 spiced pork with rose apple shavings

the pork with rose apple shavings & roasted fennel was good too.

spiced pork with rose apple shavings

#3 spiced pork with rose apple shavings

looked great, tasted good…just more ordinary, more average.

tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

#4 tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

the tarte was quite extraordinary.

tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

#4 tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

the very thin crust pastry, the basil, oil & different flavours.

tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

#4 tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

this must be the best vegetarian dish for a meat eater like me.

confit of hokkaido scallop

#5 confit of hokkaido scallop

the confit of hokkaido scallop was of course great, with the foam & all.

confit of hokkaido scallop

#5 confit of hokkaido scallop

among the best we had in many restaurants.

the one at disgruntled chef was different, but just as wonderful, perhaps even better.

roast pigeon with winter berries

#6 roast pigeon with winter berries

the roast pigeon was superb, & the winter berries just wonderful.

reminded me of the equally superb quail at beulings, amsterdam.

and of course the sous vide pigeon at jaan!

roast pigeon with winter berries

#6 roast pigeon with winter berries

this pigeon dish was prettier! & i think better even…

& the sides were all fantastic (except the beetroot-i’ve tasted much better ones) & overall such a wow dining experience!

pear compote with ricotta sorbet

pear compote with ricotta sorbet

the dessert was refreshing, & tasty.

pear compote with ricotta sorbet

pear compote with ricotta sorbet

very smooth white chocolate + ricotta sorbet below & some granita on top.

petit four

petit four

the petit four valrhona chocolate was fantastic.

complimentary giftbox (a great gesture)

complimentary giftbox (a great gesture)

& pollen gave a complimentary giftbox for every dining guest, a really great gesture. these were good too, but the petit four chocolate was better!

the other attraction of dining at pollen by jason artheton is of course the complimentary entrance to the flower dome.

since the restaurant is located within the confines of flower dome, once you enter the restaurant, you can access the flower dome (bypassing the ticketed entrance), which is what we did. we went earlier at 6.10pm & walked around the flower dome before proceeding to our table at 7.10pm.

looking back at my blog post, the first & only time i came for a set lunch at pollen (though we had been to pollen in london for lunch several times)was >3yrs ago on 22.7.2013.

that was great too of course, but it was like most good set lunches, not the same fineness & wow as this dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

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Pollen

Address:

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09
Singapore 018953

Contact:

+65 6604 9988
info@pollen.com.sg

RESERVATIONS 

Opening Hours:

Main Dining Room – Level 1

Lunch 12pm to 3pm (last order 2.30pm)
Dinner 6pm to 10pm (last order 9.30pm)
CLOSED ON TUESDAYS

Pollen Terrace – Level 2

9.30am to 9pm daily
Muffins and Coffee/Tea 9.30am to 11.30am
Terrace Menu 11.30am to 9pm
Afternoon Tea 3pm to 5pm CLOSED ON TUESDAYS

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