The only restaurant nestled within the Flower Dome of Gardens by the Bay, Pollen Singapore is an offshoot of One Michelin Star Chef Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant- Pollen Street Social in London. Collaborating with local hotelier Loh Lik Peng once again (other partnerships include Esquina, Keong Saik Snacks and 22 Ships in Hong Kong), the interior of the space- designed to mirror the experience of dining in an indoor garden has floor to ceiling glass paneled walls showcasing a backdrop of the Marina Bay Skyline and the Singapore Flyer while the rest of the decor remains decidedly simple with a woody feel and parquet flooring.
Though Pollen has been around for at least 1 year now and has received rave reviews from both the media and friends alike, I had not found an occasion special enough until my sister’s birthday last week, to try the Mediterranean-inspired modern European cuisine served here. Reservations are highly recommended so that the restaurant can arrange a complimentary buggy-ride for you right to the doorstep of Pollen. And especially if you are dressed to the nines with heels and all that, that ride is absolutely necessary. Alternatively, you can also choose to take a slow 15 minute stroll from the main entrance.
We had the Festive Set Lunch (available from 1 Dec 2014- 1 Jan 2014) and paid $65++ for a 3 course meal which ended off with coffee/tea and Petit Fours.
Our server started us off with an amuse bouche of warm homemade baguette roll with seaweed butter on the side and Parmesan Truffle Rice. We particularly enjoyed how the umami rich seaweed butter glided on the slice of baguette so smoothly and every bite was gloriously satisfying. A simple pairing that scored points with both of us.
Even though online bakery Happy Avenue was only officially launched on Facebook on February 8th this year, home baker Judy Then- owner of Happy Avenue, happily shares that she has already sold more than 10,000 cupcakes to date.
Named after the actual road name in Macpherson, Judy hopes that her bakes of cupcakes, shortbreads and cookies do really make people happy when they eat them. And what started out as a good deed of selling her bakes to help a friend in need raise funds, has now developed into a full time job for the home baker in order to meet the overwhelming demand for her sweet treats.
Judy sent over a mixed box of 12 regular cupcakes for me to sample and they definitely brought some sunshine to my otherwise dreary cloudy Saturday morning. There were 7 different flavors in total- Signature Valrhona Triple Dark, Vanilla Lemon Cream, Red Velvet, Choc Peanut Butter, Choc Salted Caramel, Choc Brazilian Coffee and Vanilla Strawberry.
Christmas dinners are usually all about buffets and eating till you are stuffed. But if you are the sort who prefers a sit down communal affair with full service then mezza9′s festive a la-carte menu may just be the thing for you. Available from 1 Dec to 25 Dec, the menu picks out the best from the buffet line and serves it in portions just for you.
We had the opportunity to sample all the items on the a la-carte menu at the media preview and after a really tough time narrowing down the list, here are my recommendations:
Even if you were only going to order one item from the a la carte menu, this is it. A breaded truffled egg which reveals a delicate balance of crisp batter and a flowing lava yolk on a bed of creamy spinach, tied together by a thickened velvety chicken stock, the unique complexity of textures complimented the full flavor of each element. Extra aromas from shaved black winter truffles all included.
The only salad on the menu with a medley of celery, pineapple, walnut, yoghurt dressing, this is not your typical Waldorf Salad but pleases nonetheless. Definitely not light and bordering on intense almost, the addition of blue cheese with its characteristic sharpness might be too much for some but appreciated by others.
Two choices on the menu but both equally outstanding. The pumpkin one, which we foresee will be a favourite with the ladies has a lighter consistency with no compromise on the richness while the traditional goulash, obviously the heartier choice, packs a punch with tender chunks of beef and bits of potatoes. Satisfying.
Celebrate a magical Christmas with Park Hotel Group this year as all three hotels- Grand Park Orchard, Grand Park City Hall and Park Hotel Clarke Quay fill the air with festive cheer and transform into a winter wonderland for the Yuletide season.
At a recent early Christmas bloggers gathering, we caught a glimpse and had a sampling for the various festive offerings the individual hotels will be having for the year end celebrations. Here are some of the highlights of the evening and what you can look forward to if you make your dining reservations with the Park Hotel Group this Christmas.
We start with everyone’s favourite- the Seafood on Ice display which features an array of fresh catch including Shucked Oysters, Prawns, Crabs, Boston Lobsters and Chilean Scallops. Fans who love their catch-of-the-day and who wish to kick start their festivities ahead of others with friends, will need to make their reservations at Brizo Restaurant & Bar (Park Hotel Clarke Quay) fast for either the Flavors of the Sea or Santa’s Favourite International Buffet which is also available on days other than Christmas Eve and Day itself. Find out the available dates and prices at their website.
For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Open House Restaurant (Grand Park Orchard) and Indulge at Park (Grand Park City Hall) will also be offering a similar stunning display of their freshest seafood on ice. Needless to say, we went for a few rounds of crustaceans at our tasting, which definitely took up a large portion of our buffet appetite!
My recent trip to Macau two weeks ago was nothing short of memorable. Truth being, it was my maiden trip and I had zero expectations about the place. Apart from some research I had done prior about Asia’s Las Vegas with its rich Portuguese culture and heritage, I was planning to simply explore the place with an open mind.
Macau, as most of you know, was a former Portuguese colony and only returned back to the People’s Republic of China back in 1999. Geographically wise, its territory is divided into 3 main areas- the Macau Peninsular (where the majority of the people reside), and two other outlying islands namely Taipa and Coloane, all of which are conveniently connected by bridges, making commuting from one island to the next, a breeze.
In this round up, we have neatly divided up the must eat places in Macau into its 3 regions for easy navigation and route planning for your convenience. From street snacks, simple eateries, Hong Kong style cafes and even high end restaurants, this renowned gambling destination proved also to be a gourmand’s paradise with heaps to offer for the foodie in you.
Read on for our 10 Places To Eat in Macau.
1) Tai Lei Kok Kei (大利来记):
18, Largo Governador Tamagnini Barbosa, Taipa
One of the more prominent landmarks of Taipa Village, Tai Lei Kok Kei is hard to miss with its snaking long queues for their famous Pork Chop Bun MOP30. Choose from either the regular crisp freshly baked buns or the sweet polo (pineapple) buns to sandwich your juicy marinated savory piece of pork chop. We opted for the latter and enjoyed the beautiful marriage and balance of flavors in every bite. A classic that truly delivers.