Open Door Policy @ Tiong BahruWife grew up in the Tiong Bahru area. We love the hawker food at the famous Tiong Bahru Market food center, its close proximity to town and amenities and most importantly the old-world charm and serenity of the area.
Few years ago, we moved here to be near to the kids' school in addition to all the reasons stated above. During this period, we had witnessed an influx of designer home offices, creative small businesses and retail outfits with artsy facades in the area.
One of them is ODP (Open Door Policy). The latest bistro concept aims to offer great food, gourmet coffee & unique wines with an institution like ambience in the nostalgic neighborhood of Tiong Bahru.
I have heard great reviews about the new joint but never got the chance to check it out although we are just a stone's throw away from the restaurant. We decided to give the restaurant a try last Saturday evening and were pleasantly surprised to get a table for the family without any reservation although we were told to finish our dinner by 815pm for another reservation.
The staff was friendly and the service was prompt, too prompt - the food was served minutes after we placed our order. Maybe it has a very efficient team in the kitchen but it gave me the feeling that we were rushed to finish our meal for the next reservation.
Food quality was good (except the chicken wings which I thought was very average) but the serving portion was small. It was like paying for starters at main courses price. We finished the dinner within an hour and left half-hungry.
Will I return? Probably but not in the near future.
Open Door Policy
19 Yong Siak Street
(Yong Siak View)
Tel: +65 6221 9307
Lunch: 12 to 3:30pm
(last order 3pm)
Dinner: 6pm to 11pm
(last order 10:30pm)
Brunch: 11am to 3pm
(Saturday and Sunday only)
Closed on Tuesdays
Fri and Sat – bar open till
Long narrow dining hall with interesting wooden and laid-back interior
Crispy chicken wings with curry, yoghurt, and cucumber salad
48 hour cooked braised beef cheek with mochi potatoes, carrot puree and snow pea tendrils
Roast pork belly with black chorizo cassoulet
Wild mushroom risotto with truffle crumbs
Chocolate and pistachio souffle, cream anglaise
I like the Latte - Strong, thick with a long finish.