In Singapore there are restaurants aplenty, and often the most difficult aspect of dining out in the city is choosing where it is that you want to go. Nice to know then, that there is a restaurant with an Open Door Policy down in Tiong Bahru, where you can go and enjoy yourself without pretension or presumption. Open Door Policy – ODP, for brevity’s sake – on Yong Siak Street boasts a 100% dairy-free and gluten-free men, with a lot of the produce coming direct from the on-site vertical farm! Whether you head on in for Sunday brunch, a full evening meal or simply for a drink of an evening, you’re sure not to be disappointed by the wholesome Western and contemporary Asian fare you find in front of you. Book a table today.
The open door policy at, well, Open Door Policy, is a testament to their laidback attitude and their welcome, which is as warm as any found in Singapore. Their philosophy is pretty simple: completely gluten-free and dairy-free food made with farm fresh ingredients and cooked with time-honoured techniques in their show kitchen, a bar stocked with wines and spirits of an international bent and decor that is chic and sophisticated. The best way to experience Open Door Policy on Yong Siak Street in the centre of Tiong Bahru is with a big group of your mates, so gather them together and head on over to make the most of this most modern of restaurants.
The welcome and the atmosphere are what might get you through the door at Open Door Policy, but the food on offer down on Yong Siak Street is what will keep you coming back time and again. The menu is curated by Cynthia Chua of the Spa Esprit Group and ODP chefs Ryan and Daniele Sperindio, and is inspired by Western and contemporary Asian cuisines. Moreover, the new ethos at ODP is all about alternative food sources, substitute ingredients, fermentation and pickling. Favourites include the vega macaroni topped with a portobello mushroom Bolognese gratin and bechamel sauce, ribeye steak with a herb salad and hazelnut dressing, and the sago and coconut with fresh mango for dessert. Reserve a table for you and your friends at Open Door Policy and take the trip out to Tiong Bahru for a meal that everyone can enjoy.
Great service! It was my first time in the district and got lost while searching for the restaurant and the staff was out to look for us. Food was 100% gluten free which was a pleasant surprise to my friend from overseas as she has Celiac disease and had trouble searching for gluten-free food or places that is contaminated with gluten food. Kitchen was a open concept and staff was friendly and thoughtful. I would definitely be back again.
Great food and great atmosphere. The latte could be served a little bit hotter, a minor deffect in an overall great brunch with a friend
The service was fast and the waitress had very good recommendations! Also liked the ambience which was quiet and not too rowdy. A lot of greenery in the restaurant too!
Great food, nice music and good service. Bar seats overlooking kitchen are an interesting spot to sit
Good food but pricey and a little pretenscious. The restaurant was not full but at least 3 people asked me to confirm my reservation. I had the quinoa salad starter. It was quite small for the price. I had a large lunch so I wanted a light salad. I didn’t find many options in the mains so I had to choose from the starters. The quinoa was good but pricey for what it was. I also got the soul juice (?). It was raspberry, ginger, and some other stuff. It was good but also very pricey. The staff was pleasant but it was hard to get their attention for water refills, inquiries or the check. They were eager to clear the table though, so even though my friends and I chose the restaurant because we thought it would be nice place for a good meal and to catch up, we were done in 45 minutes and felt like we needed to move elsewhere, especially because they kept asking “can I clear” as soon as you put down your spoon or fork. Overall the food was decent but very pricey, atmosphere was nice and intimate, with a pleasant staff that was a little too concerned with making the place exclusive (which is strange for a place called Open Door Policy).
This was a great experience with exceptional food. We have been there twice and all of us cleaned our plates to the last morsel. I highly recommend Open Door Policy. Being gluten and dairy free and having so much choice is almost unheard of, but everyone else loved it too!
We went to Open Door Policy after a walk by the neighborhood, what a great experiencie, the Quinoa Salad is the best we have tried in SG, Salmon and Veal were tasty as well Excellent food and service
The food is always excellent though pricey - but where in singapore isn't For good European food? My only complaint is the aircon which blows an icy gale to the point of discomfort - it's something many places in singapore get wrong - over airconditining places so they positively freezing - to their credit they did adjust it when asked to be more comfortable - it's a great restaurant for really excellent unpretentious food
Excellent service, meal quality of flavour and choice was superb. Comforting to know that everything on the menu was gluten free. The atmosphere with the herb plants along the wall and great background music added to the night. If I had to say something was not good it was that the airconditioning was a bit cold, but that's all.
The location was a little walk from the mrt, but well worth it. Great feel as you enter the restaurant and a fantastic relaxing meal ahead. The food was top notch sand very flavoursome. It was complemented by the fantastic service of the staff there. Will definitely be returning to try other items in the menu.
The company's website was down so there was no information that the champagne promotion was limited to the first 1.5 hours. Neither was the information available on the company's fb page. However they very kindly allowed us to drink beyond 1.5 hours at $5++ after the first 3 glasses. Food was good as well. Only grouse is the sofa seats which to me were not too comfortable.
Avocado salad - awesome, taste blended well with the ingredients coupled with the black crisp. pork rack - tasty with purple sweet potatoe makes it salty and sweet at the same time. king crab - yummy, generous serving of real crab meat served with pasta. vege risotto - so so calamasi choco tart - unique and flavourful with a tinge of coconut soufflé - so so overall quite an experience but a little pricey.
Food & ambience was lovely. Service a bit 'meh'.... staff were not intuitive / service oriented. Had to ask / prompt for everything.. water, more coffee, bill etc. Also there was a chemical / astrigent smell when we walked in which was unpleasant. Will go again as i liked the place overall hopefully better experience next time.
It was good service and my Daughter loved the banana pancakes. The hot chocolate was a little bitter and I forgot to give it a stir. Husband was not keen on ravioli he offered although I liked my egg benefit on salmon. If you like nutrient dense food that satisfies you with a small serving with dairy and gluten free, this is the place.
It was a pleasant experience overall. The waiters managed to concoct drinks that were not in the menu. The portion size was a bit on the small size, but the quality and balance of Flavours was just right.
Ambience is delightful. Though it may not be child friendly cos of the space constraints. Service staff is attentive & accomodating to our needs. The food & dessert are pleasing. There are flying insects around probably due to the indoor herbs/plants but the scent from the herbs is like a natural air freshener.
Great food, decor and concept. Service mixed though as in not attentive which was a bit of a shame given restaurant not even full. For example, empty glasses of wine not being refilled (and wine bottle not within reach). Just missing that little edge service-wise. Still, an enjoyable evening and would go back.
we ordered the miso salmon. great taste! This is my 2nd trip. Service was great. My friend requested for some lemon slices for the drinks and was immediately given some. hope to see more variety or special instead of the usual menu.
Tummy- friendly (gluten and lactose free) yet delicious, the foods are great for those who are allergic to lactose and gluten, including those with irritable bowel syndrome. Staff are friendly and accommodating. Set in the rustic Tiong Bahru estate. Highly recommended.
Great decor with friendly staff. All menu now gluten and dairy free, small menu but well executed. Curry with cauliflower and sweet potatoe was delicious, will definitely return. Now as restaurant dairy free - only have soya mild for coffees.