High tea @ Pollen

Had an extremely stressful week at work with unreasonably short deadlines…hence I was relieved that I could go ahead with my planned leave to enjoy High tea at Pollen.

Pollen restaurant is housed in the Flower Dome – one of the two cooled conservatories at Gardens by the Bay.  Believe it or not, its my first time visiting this iconic tourist attraction since it opened with much fan-fare in 2012. Admittedly I seldom visit our own tourist attractions…So I became a tourist within my own country for a day as I spent the afternoon/evening surrounded by hordes of tourists.

I was planning to visit the two conservatories that require admission fee after enjoying my high tea. However, upon reaching the restaurant, I got to know that diners at Pollen get complimentary access to visit the Flower Dome since the restaurant is housed inside. =)

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Boy I was surprised that Pollen was packed on a weekday afternoon and we were shown to our seats at the bar counter. All other seats were either occupied or reserved… Not only that, as it was a glass dome we were sitting under the sun the entire time we were there! Gosh...should have slapped on more sunblock!

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The high tea include open-faced sandwiches: Norwegian salmon, creme fraiche, dill, pickled cucumbers, Braised chicken and avocado butter, 24 hours short ribs, mustard, pickles, alfalfa, focaccia with mozzerella, confit tomatoes, hummus dips with dukkah spices and toast.

Sweets of chocolate and macadamia brownies, Banana tea cake with Mascarpone Chantilly, Petit choux with Madagascar vanilla custard, Lemon Swiss roll, Macaron.

While the food was pretty ordinary, the ambience of being surrounded by blooming flowers in the dome and fresh cool air made the overall experience a wonderful one.

Other Photos Taken at Gardens by the Bay:

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Wearing the hat of a tourist visiting the attraction, the  Supertree Grove looked majestic.

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After dining at Pollen, guests get complimentary entry to the Flower Dome. We took the opportunity and paid for extra ticket to enter the Cloud Forest conservatory featuring the World’s highest indoor waterfall.

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Personally I preferred the Flower Dome that featured more floral species compared to the foliage in Cloud Forest.

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We stayed on at the Supertree Grove to wait for the lightshow but was rewarded with the rare double rainbow arches (although not that visible from photo).

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Braved the slight drizzle and thankfully the rain stopped just before the dazzling lightshow at 7.45pm (first show). There is a 2nd show at 8.45pm too.

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