If Pollen has been quiet in the past months, it’s only because it’s been busy rolling out the red carpet to welcome East Sussex native, Steve Allen, as the new executive chef of its restaurant at the Flower Dome in Gardens by the Bay. An industry veteran with more than 21 years of cooking and corporate experience under his belt, Allen spent 10 years at Gordon Ramsay’s now-defunct restaurant Claridge’s in London and was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of The Delicious Group Sdn Bhd. Inspired by the restaurant’s Mediterranean garden setting in the Flower Dome, the new menu by Allen will field modern French cuisine that mingles Mediterranean flavours with those of Southeast Asia’s. While the 40-seat terrace on the second level offers a more casual all-day dining menu as well as afternoon tea, the 80-seat ground floor restaurant is where Allen will serve his multi-course tasting menu at dinner. Priced at S$168++ (S$120++ additional for wine pairing), the seven-course dinner tasting menu will feature dishes like “celery and seaweed”, a creation of seaweed-infused brown butter sand topped with celery sorbet, inspired by the chef’s childhood memories of Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex; and “red prawn tartare and tomatoes”, a textural dish that showcases multiple parts of red prawns from Mazaro del Vallo, Sicily, alongside frozen tomato consommé. This new menu will be served from 2 December 2016.