Open Door Policy – My Recommendation for First Dates

11 01 2012

It’s been some time since I last found a place that I’d be comfortable bringing a first date to. A place atas enough to show that she is worth my while and me hers, a place intimate enough to carry out conversations without too much intrusion yet not deafeningly silent enough to make conversation intervals feel awkward.

Welcome to Open Door Policy (ODP).

ODP is very much a laid back bistro serving fun contemporary western fare, whose main clientele comprises of chic young professionals who know how to enjoy the finer things in life. I see or at least I want to see myself in their shoes in 5 years time, not mindlessly climbing the corporate ladder but having enough life to hang out with colleagues and friends after work, sipping a glass of wine or two to celebrate the end of a hectic day.

The place looks rather empty in this picture but don’t be fooled. Once it reaches 8pm (even on weekdays), the place is packed and one might find trouble getting seats without any reservation. The kitchen operates with an open concept, so if you are the kind of person who likes to sit in on the action and watch how your food is being prepared, you can try asking for bar counter seats which overlooks the kitchen.

I wasn’t here for a first date though, just a casual catch up session with T and CJ. We weren’t planning to have a proper dinner (each of us just had a main each) since we had post ODP plans at Magma Restaurant (should be doing a write up on it soon as it’s currently my favourite watering hole and I have patronised it 4 of the 5 past wednesdays for their german wines, the other wednesday it was closed for renovation!).

I ordered the 48 Hour Cooked Braised Beef Cheek with Mochi Potatoes, Carrot Puree and Snow Pea Tendrils ($29++) and I thought it was excellent. The cheeks are succulent and full flavoured, and the mochi potatoes are rather interesting as its texture really resembles that of mochi. The carrot puree is a little too sweet for my liking though but the beef cheeks taste just wonderful on its own.

CJ had the Roasted Salmon with Panzanella Salad ($25++). There’s nothing fancy about the salmon, but what caught my attention was the tasteful croutons that came served with it, crisp, buttery with a hint of tomato.

T got the Pan Seared Sea Bass with Artichoke, Potatoes and Rocket Salad ($27++). I much preferred this to the salmon as the skin is more crisp and the meat less chewy. I tasted some gentle drips of lemon juice that made this all the more refreshing. The roasted potatoes are well marinated as well, owning most of the wedges I have had elsewhere.

Overall, I wouldn’t rate the food here as world class but it is indeed competent enough to leave an impression, not to mention that the staff here are friendly. I would definitely return again.

Bon Appetit!

Open Door Policy

19 Yong Siak Street

Tel: +65 6221 9307




7 responses

12 01 2012
Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

ODP is opened by the same people at Tippling Club. Now we really have to go. Let’s set for 28 Jan? Really, really this time.

12 01 2012
Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

And I didn’t like Magma. I went there for dinner and wanted to puke.

13 01 2012

Magma wines affordable leh! What u eat there? i quite like their german pizzas tho.

ok i believe 28th jan i should be free! anyways u weekday should also be able to make it right?

15 01 2012
Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow

I had Magma’s 5-course dinner. Horrible leh.

Yes, I’m free on weekdays too but Tippling Club only has lunch on weekends and I can’t afford their dinners. Do you want to bring someone along? I’ll call and reserve so we won’t delay it over and over again.

16 01 2012

k i will drop u an sms bout this by this friday!

3 07 2013

Oh, the irony haha

5 11 2013

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