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Food and flora at Gardens by the Bay

Phase One, to open next year, features eight eateries and two giant greenhouses
The Straits Times - November 2, 2011
By: Ng Kai Ling
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Food and flora at Gardens by the Bay IT MAY still look like a muddy construction site, but Phase One of Gardens by the Bay is set to blossom by June next year.

IT MAY still look like a muddy construction site, but Phase One of Gardens by the Bay is set to blossom by June next year.

And when it does, visitors will be given a taste of local and international cuisines, with the opening of eight of the planned 13 eateries.

Yesterday, three dining concepts were revealed: An open air foodcourt reminiscent of the old Satay Club, a casual dining area at the Supertree Grove and a Mediterranean restaurant in one of the conservatories, the Flower Dome.

The three will cater to a wide range of diners, from those who prefer budget local fare to dishes created by a Michelin-star chef.

Dr Tan Wee Kiat, chief executive of Gardens by the Bay, said: 'Whether it is a family gathering over a weekend lunch, a business meeting, or simply relaxing with friends, there is something for everyone in this people's garden.'

He added that entry to the Gardens is free except to the conservatories - two giant greenhouses named the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.

The former features flora from the Mediterranean and semi-arid subtropical regions which would otherwise not survive in Singapore's tropical climate. The latter resembles a tropical rainforest with a 35m-high waterfall.

Ticket prices to the conservatories have not been fixed, but Dr Tan said they will be affordable. There are plans for discounts for People's Association PAssion card holders and a Friends of the Gardens pass.

'If you come here five to six times a year, it will be no more than a couple of dollars per visit,' said Dr Tan.

Similarly, prices of food at the Gardens will start low. The estimated cost for a meal per person at the waterfront Satay by the Bay is between $4 and $7.

It will be run by construction company Planar One & Associates, which operates the popular Bottle Tree Village.

Mr Alex Neo, managing director of Planar One, said the plan is to gather hawkers famous for their respective dishes to take up the more than 20 stalls available.

'We want to re-create the feel of the old Satay Club,' he said.

Over at the Supertree Grove dining area, run by Select Group, visitors can choose to have dim sum at Peach Garden Noodle House, spicy fried chicken from fast-food chain Texas Fried Chicken or kaya toast from Hill Street Coffee Shop.

The cost? About $6 to $15.

The Gardens will also have their own celebrity chef at Pollen, a mid- to high-range restaurant located in the Flower Dome.

The two-storey restaurant will have chef Jason Atherton as its chef director. A former executive chef at Gordon Ramsay's Maze in London, he received a Michelin Star in August for his restaurant, Pollen Street Social, which is also in the British capital.

Mr Loh Lik Peng, who is collaborating with Mr Atherton to open Pollen, said the name is apt for a restaurant in the Gardens. 'We already run the Pollen Street Social in London. The name translates very well in the garden setting,' said the man behind boutique hotels 1929 and Wanderlust.

Altogether, the three operators are pumping in between $8 million and $9.3 million to set up their eateries.

At yesterday's media conference, Dr Tan reiterated that Gardens by the Bay will have something for everyone, with its range of dining options, various activities and long opening hours of 5am to 2am.

Those who cannot wait for the Gardens' opening next June will be able to get a sneak preview of the Flower Dome during the World Orchid Conference this month.

Tickets, which include a visit to the Flower Dome, cost $15 on weekdays and $20 on weekends for adults. Concession tickets for children, students and senior citizens are $9 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

Satay by the Bay

  • Green features: The open air foodcourt will be located by the sea and kept cool by the breeze.
  • Menu: Popular local fare such as fishball noodles, chicken rice and satay.
  • Price: $4 to $7.
  • Seating capacity: More than 900.
  • Opening: Third quarter of next year.

Supertree Grove casual dining

  • Green features: The space will be naturally lit by sunlight with floor-to-ceiling windows.
  • Menu: Dim sum, fast food, local fare, speciality coffee, desserts and ice cream.
  • Price: $6 to $15.
  • Seating capacity: 450.
  • Opening: June next year.

Pollen

  • Green features: A garden to grow special herbs and vegetables to be cooked for the guests.
  • Menu: Mediterranean-influenced cuisine to be created by chef Jason Atherton.
  • Price: $40 to $80.
  • Seating capacity: 120.
  • Opening: June next year.

 

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