So it was Mother’s Day today. But family and I were trying to avoid the crowds, so we brought Mom to Pollen for high tea as a Mother’s Day treat on Saturday instead.
This was especially good because we learnt that Sunday, May 10, was the last day of Tulipmania (which mom had been wanting to go to – she loves flora and fauna) plus, coincidentally, we had bought her the annual Friends of The Gardens* pass that we needed to collect.
*A quick shoutout to Stella and the Friends of The Gardens team for expediting my mom’s card and cutting down the one week waiting time to one day!!!! YOU GUYS ROCK!
Also another reason why that was good for us – the Friends of the Gardens card allows you to get 1 free high tea set, for every 3 paying guests at high tea. (FYI: The card gets her entry to the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, OCBC Skywalk AND two hours free parking each time.. but comes with other benefits too!)
Each high tea set at Pollen is $38++ and comes with a good mixture of sweet and savoury. It is served at the Terrace, which is at level 2 of the restaurant, and feels like a private enclave within the Flower Dome.
If you are looking to burst your jeans, or get sloshed on champagne, this is not the high tea for you.
It’s not as impressive as some other high teas that come in fancy trays with refillable sandwiches/sweets. But the one word I can think of to describe it: elegant.
The only thing that comes “refillable” with these sets are the beverages, which are “free flow” till 5pm.
Please note these beverages are mainly coffees and teas. And if you are going to walk into the dome after your meal (like we did) I implore you to note this for your bladders’ sake. Especially since the loos are usually rather busy in this popular tourist attraction.
The main plus point of dining at Pollen always is the fact that you get entry into the Gardens for free. (Most people pay an average of $28 a ticket.)
Plus, the food is always pretty good. (And you have private bathrooms that public don’t have access to. )
And while not a huge high tea by any means, the scones were filling. The pate was creamy and tasty that even my non-liver eating family managed to finish it off on those little crispy toast bites.
The coffee was solid. The sweets were good, especially the macaroons with the chocolate ganache and what I think was a yuzu gelee centre. The salmon bruschetta, a.k.a “Mozzarella bread served with salmon” – was also scrumptious.
Best thing about the tea of course though, is the ambience. The smell of the flowers. The nice coolness of the dome. Eating there always feels like a mini-holiday, and my whole family enjoyed it, and the walk in the park after.
Would I say this was the best high tea of my life?
I probably would give it a 3 to 3.5.
But would I return?
Hell yeah! Especially now we have my mom’s card to get us a good deal! It was really a lovely afternoon. And, the kind folks at Pollen also gave Mother’s at each table a little YSL goodie bag complete with sample sized makeup and perfume. Nice touch might I add.
Meanwhile to all the Moms, Godmothers, Fathers who have to be mothers, and anyone out there who basically leads a selfless life, taking care of those you love wholeheartedly – Happy Mother’s Day!
P.S. Next on my to do list at Pollen – DESSERT DEGUSTATION.. Apparently $60+++ per person. *sara rubbing hands in glee*
Main Dining Room – Level 1
Lunch 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (last order 2:30 PM)
Dinner 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (last order 9:30 PM)
Pollen Terrace – Level 2 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Cuisine: Modern European with Mediterranean influences
Tel: (+65) 6604 9988