Sightseeing and eating are two of our favorite things to do on any vacation, so a few days after arriving in Singapore we decided to combine both and visit the sprawling Gardens by the Bay, walk around the Flower Dome, and have lunch at ‘Pollen’, the recently opened restaurant of Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton.

The sun was shining and the humidity was high, but despite the heat that day, the temperature was like a perfectly crisp (if slightly chilly) Mediterranean spring day inside the Flower Dome. The smell of the herbs and flowers in bloom was intoxicating, and walking by a gnarled olive grove, rows of Italian cypress trees, towering palm trees and even a forest of cacti was amazing and slightly surreal.

After a short stroll we had our lunch at Pollen, which is housed inside the Flower Dome. We were in the mood to try something new (after our perennial Singapore favorites of chili crab, chicken rice and duck noodles) and we weren’t disappointed. The food was delicious, and after our scrumptious desserts we even got an extra helping of sweetness when they surprised my brother with a mini cake. Yummm! It’s a good thing we were still going to do a lot of walking through the rest of the garden after lunch πŸ™‚

Pleasant stroll before (and after) lunch

Olive trees, vegetables, herbs, and even flowers grown outside supply the kitchen

Eager to dig in πŸ™‚

Starters of ‘Trip to Japan’ and an ‘English breakfast’

Delicious artichoke soup with roasted scallop & squid, red snapper & duck confit with buttered mashed potatoes

Imaginative desserts of pistachio parfait and a version of peanut butter & jelly that were almost too pretty to eat

Surprise mini birthday cake from the ‘Pollen’ staff

It’s always a perfectly crisp spring day inside the dome

Mother Nature at her picture-perfect best

Super trees and green, self-sustaining technology at Gardens by the Bay

*Photos by Ito Ocampo, John Lacson & myself πŸ™‚

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