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Singapore restaurant REVIEW:
Open Door Policy Chope

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    Chorizo and octopus salad at Open Door Policy
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    King Paiche fish at Open Door Policy
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    Gluten-free fresh spaghetti with smoked mackerel at Open Door Policy
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    Dairy-free date and walnut cheesecake at Open Door Policy

The buzz: It's always a bit scary when a beloved restaurant radically alters its concept. But given our love for Open Door Policy, and the expert changes in the menu over the years, we knew that when they announced they were going completely gluten- and dairy-free, it would be something good. And we were rightODP is now perhaps the only restaurant of its kind in Singapore, serving light, produce-driven fare that still delivers both the comfort food, inventive flair and casual-glam vibes we've grown to expect from chefs Ryan Clift and Daniele Sperindio.

The vibe: The new concept has brought ODP more in line with its sister restaurant on Demsey Hill, Open Farm Community, which makes a big to-do about its on-premises food gardens grown in partnership with Edible Garden City. It should come as no surprise then that there's some farming stuff going on in the narrow, Tiong Bahru space as wellthe entire left-hand wall is mounted with rows of exotic microgreens, nourished by subtly mounted pink lights. Naturally, the kitchen doesn't get all its goods from these planters, but we're gradually growing less eye-roll-y and more cautiously admiring of the Spa Esprit Group's commitment to urban farming.

The food: Easily the sexiest gluten- and dairy-free menu we have tried, the focus here is on sustainably sourced seafood, locally grown greens whenever possible and nut-based cream and cheese subsitutes. Naturally, herb sauces and garnishes abound and enhance. But that doesn't mean there's any dearth of meat here. One of our favorite starters is the chorizo, octopus and spinach salad ($25), served with a homemade gluten-free pita. The bread is a bit dry, so do douse it in the olive oil that comes with. Most intriguing is the selection of pastas—all gluten free, of course. The simple aglio e olio-inspired fresh spaghetti is one of our favorites, with artichoke hearts, ribbons of mountain asparagus and smoked mackerel ($28). Also remarkable is the vegan maccheroni pasta ($24), with toothsome pasta and a pitch-perfect Bolognese sauce made with portobello mushrooms. On the fish front, don't miss the deceptively simple and very meaty King Paiche fish ($36), sourced from the Amazon and served with a subtle green curry sauce. Save room for the wonderful, all-raw date and walnut cheesecake ($16), with a crumbly wholegrain crust and a lemon zest-y, cashew based "cheese" filling.

The drinks: The brief cocktail and mocktail lists are priced at $20 and $10 respectively. Try the tangy and aromatic blackberry and rose bellini, and the booze-free Moroccan punch (with English breakfast tea, mint, orange and cinnamon).

Why you'll be back: You are gluten intolerant but deliciousness supporting; you are intrigued by inventive cooking methods and substitutions; or because you've been coming to ODP for years and a concept overhaul is just another reason to continue.

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Spirits, selected housepour red and white wines, Asahi and cocktail of the day at $8. Guests who make 6pm reservations also enjoy the same happy hour promotions.
The deal: At this hip Tiong Bahru hangout—by Tippling Club’s Ryan Clift and Spa Esprit’s Cynthia Chua—you get three courses, plus a drink (pick either wine or a mocktail) for $35. The courses change on a daily basis but we’ve had some super smooth cauliflower soup, kicky black pepper scallop pasta and indulgent chocolate banana cake, all paired with crisp vinho verde. Why it’s worth it: The food’s never boring and the space has the most appealing urban...
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Phone: 6221-9307
Open Door Policy, 19 Yong Siak St., Singapore, 168650 Singapore

Nearest Train:

Tiong Bahru

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri noon-3pm; daily 6-11pm; Sat-Sun 11am-3:30pm

Price Range:

$$$

Cuisine:

Western

Open Since:

October, 2011
Parking available: at Chay Yan Street
8.69231
 
 
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