Tiong Bahru Neighborhood Guide

  • The storefront of BooksActually on Yong Siak Street.

    The storefront of BooksActually on Yong Siak Street.

  • Kenny in his store.

    Kenny in his store.

  • The open air entrance to Coq & Balls.

    The open air entrance to Coq & Balls.

  • Owners Sean and Zhuwei.

    Owners Sean and Zhuwei.

  • Flock's owner, Edith.

    Flock's owner, Edith.

  • Flock Café's signature runny eggs.

    Flock Café's signature runny eggs.

  • A well edited selection.

    A well edited selection.

  • Fresh OPD fare.

    Fresh OPD fare.

  • The Open Door Policy kitchen.

    The Open Door Policy kitchen.

  • Georgina and Chiewling, owners of Nana & Bird boutique.

    Georgina and Chiewling, owners of Nana & Bird boutique.

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Open Door Policy

The Open Door Policy kitchen.

The Open Door Policy kitchen.

Fresh OPD fare.

Fresh ODP fare.

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

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