I have been to Pollen before, about 6 months ago, but that was lunch. This time I went for dinner and I was just as impressed.
Set in one of the two beautifully-made "greenhouse" dome in Gardens by the Bay, Pollen has an advantage over many restaurants. It is much drier in the dome so I instantly felt as if I was in Europe. The views are lovely - you can see the Singapore flyer and Marina Bay Sands.
Service was excellent; we arrived 45 minutes early and had the option to view the Flower Dome before dinner. After a short stroll we started dinner at 7pm. The restaurant wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be but I understood that it was fully booked for the evening.
My partner had the tasting menu while I ordered a few dishes from the a la carte menu. I had the "Trip to Japan - 2012" which was sublime (Hokkaido scallops on Japanese radish, with wasabi cream and pickles), and the Halibut - great, but wasn't the best I had. The presentation of the dishes were truly a delight; it reminded me of the kaiseki meals I had in Kyoto.
What I liked about the dinner was actually the bread and the starters - all very well done.
I shared desserts with my partner and it wasn't excellent, but they were still very good. We then took our wine and tea upstairs to the courtyard to enjoy the rest of the evening. It was very quiet in the dome by the time we went upstairs, and it felt as if we were having a glass of wine in a quiet bistro under the stars. Definitely a romantic date option!