For a fail-proof meal of modern bistro fixings and an urban décor to match, the heavily applauded Open Door Policy is a go-to spot along the Tiong Bahru row. Nearly three years old, Open Door Policy started as a collaboration between Australian chef Ryan Clift, the talent behind The Tippling Club, and the Spa Esprit Group. The restaurant maintains a rustic feel with chalkboards announcing specials, a long dining hall opposite a glass-encased kitchen, and geometric ceiling treatments that give way to an urban skylight. Friendly staffers serve up hearty portions of fresh produce, meats, and fish atop a bare metal table accompanied by mismatched seating. To start, we recommend the halloumi salad served with olives, white anchovies, and the perfect crusty bread. Mains are a tough call with slow-braised short ribs, roast lamb cutlets, and pan-seared barramundi to choose from. Open Door Policy also stocks around 100 varietals of wine and features a balance of classic cocktails. Most patrons, however, choose to conclude their meal the same way, with a cup of 40 Hands Coffee single-origin coffee sourced from the shop across the road.
19 Yong Siak Street; 65/62219307; odpsingapore.com