Pollen @ Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

Pollen @ Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay

29th June 2012 not only marked the opening day for Pollen at Gardens by the Bay, but my birthday too! Before I start the review proper, I just wanted to say that it was great to have lunch together with you.

The word of the wise has always been to never try a restaurant on opening night (or day in this case), but I thought… why not give it a go anyway? And of course, hotelier and partner, Loh Lik Peng and his wife sat at a table in the corner quietly observing their latest venture.

To be entirely honest, I like Pollen – it’s bright and cheery (for lunch anyway), in the midst of so much greenery and the food served doesn’t over-promise but doesn’t under-deliver either. The strong air-conditioning within the Flower Dome and the restaurant is a huge respite from the blistering heat outside.

Pollen has to be one of the most blogged about restaurants in Singapore since its opening, a quick search on Google turned up more entries than I had expected. That… or there has been a surge in the number of bloggers covering food.

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Restaurant Week is returning to Singapore in October 2012!

Restaurant Week is returning to Singapore in October 2012!

Heads up people, Restaurant Week Singapore will be back from 7th to 14th October 2012!

Bookings at www.restaurantweek.sg will open to the public on 12 September 2012, so do head on over then to secure coveted tables at some of our nation’s top eateries.

New participating establishments include

  • Forest at Resorts World Sentosa,
  • Roadhouse,
  • SQUE Rotisserie &Alehouse,
  • Pepenero,
  • La Maison Fatien,
  • Shiraz,
  • Praelum,
  • Wan Hao, Marriott Café,
  • Pool Grill,
  • Oenotheque,
  • 211 Roof Terrace Café,
  • Forbidden City,
  • InItaly on Craig Road, and
  • Tamarind Hill at Labrador Park.

Returning establishments include

  • Au Jardin,
  • Bistro Du Vin, (see review here)
  • Absinthe, (see review here – they have since moved)
  • Buyan Russian Haute Cuisine & Caviar Bar,
  • Garibaldi, (see review here)
  • Gattopardo,
  • KU DÉ TA,
  • OSO,
  • Salt Grill & Sky Bar,
  • The Moluccas Room,
  • Novus,
  • Jade,
  • Keystone,
  • The Line,
  • Tanjong Beach Club and (see review here)
  • The Song of India.

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Cuc Gach Quan (Ho Chi Minh City)

Cuc Gach Quan (Ho Chi Minh City)

When one is in Ho Chi Minh City (or affectionately, Saigon), it would be a mistake not to pay a visit to Cuc Gach Quan. The food served here comprises of very down-to-earth dishes that one would find in a typical Vietnamese home. There’s definitely no edible flowers or exquisite plating to speak off., but you do get humble dishes that speak right to the heart.

We ordered a few dishes to share and to tell you the truth, everything tasted wonderful – if only a tad on the salty side. Now, I’m not sure to what extent were the dishes authentic,  but a quick glance across the dining room shows both Vietnamese and tourists happily tucking into their meals.

The menu came across as somewhat mind boggling with pages and pages of the various dishes that Cuc Gach Quan had to offer – nothing that assistance from the English-speaking wait staff couldn’t help with. 

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The Clan Restaurant

The Clan Restaurant

When I was back in Singapore for my winter break (July 2012), I tried out a new entrant into the already-crowded restaurant scene – The Clan Restaurant, which aims to present the best of European cooking infused with a Japanese influence. The Clan’s located on Bukit Pasoh Road, opposite Andre Chiang’s Andre.

If you’ve been to Dozo at Valley Point or Tao’s Restaurant at POMO in Selegie, you’ll be familiar with the concept of the restaurant.  This is of course, not surprising since Executive Chef Ken Teo ran the kitchens of both restaurants for the last 5 years.

Prices at The Clan are extremely affordable – A 5-course lunch costs S$42.80++ and a 6-course dinner costs S$62.80++. There are at least 5 selections for each course (with the exception of the starter – so that’s quite a few options to choose from if you’re going in a group.

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