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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Open Door Policy / ODP @ Yong Siak St

Since the revival of Tiong Bahru area, we are bound to hear or read about Open Door Policy or known easily as ODP at this hip neighbourhood area. Along with Books Actually, 40 Hands and many more.

Always heard good rave about ODP so after many delays, we finally made it for brunch.

Reservation is A MUST at ODP, especially if you are in a group of 4 or more; as I heard the manager said it has 2-weeks waiting time.. Wow...Really Wow...for a venue like ODP in a neighbourhood that is not closed to Orchard Road, it kinda hard to believe if I didn't hear it by myself.

We were seated at the high counter table even though the 2 ladies came after me were seated at the lower counter table facing the glass separator to kitchen. When I asked whether I could move to vacant seats next to that 2 ladies, I was being given answer No and it was reserved. Even though, it made me puzzled in the first place on why I wasn't seated there first and to make matter worse, the seats later on was not given to patrons who had reservation.

Not a very good impression given by this 'manager-like' staff. The way he answered the phone and anyone who came in without reservation felt a bit pretentious and somewhat sounded quite arrogant. 

His insincerity also reflected on how he gave different attitude to different patrons. You could just tell who is genuinely friendly and courteous and who is not in F&B industry or shall I say who is well trained and who is not.

It was a pity indeed to encounter this minor fault in front service to otherwise good waiting staff (others that delivery our dishes) and good food in a very chic, very Manhattan vibe venue.

When our brunch came, it looked delish; well presented with fresh ingredients and a good portion for brunch per pax. These dishes definitely worth a visit for a good brunch.

It was no surprise that the restaurant were running full; even though we ought to consider this is a venue which is not easy to find if you are not familiar with this neighbourhood, a walk is required if you are taking public transport and looking for a parking spot is quite a nag in weekend where parking area is quite limited.

But, I really got to give kudos to Esprit Group to come up with such a clever interior design in such a tight space. Even the restroom is nicely laid out. To feel like as if you were in NYC bistro is not an easy feat.

We didn't order our dessert as we were intending to explore this neighbourhood which bound to take us to pastry shop nearby.

For bar seating outside the entrance
Didn't expect the menu to look like this
What we were facing at the counter table; the drinks prep area
As you could see, it was such a tight space, quite difficult to maneuver for staff
View to Yong Siak St
Clever announcement board near entrance
 Tightness of space resulting in clever storage
 View to the kitchen
 My fresh juice
 Ice Coffee with a bottle of cute was that?
 the greasy spoon (a proper London café style full English breakfast)
I would say this was the best presented full English breakfast that I've ever seen
It was cooked to perfection and I fell in love with their toasted sourdough (from a non fan of sourdough)
 eggs benedict 'a la' Indian, poached eggs with sautéed spinach, sourdough and curried hollandaise sauce
Again, it was well presented, beautifully cooked poached eggs and indeed, the sauce had that hint of curry but not overwhelming
The restroom is located in the back of the room, next to a group table, so instead of making it direct entrance to restroom, this sliding doors proceeded to washing basin area before restroom cubicle
It was tight, it was dim yet it didn't feel dingy at all
Open Door Policy / ODP

19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650
+65 6221 9307
Opens for:
Lunch from 12 pm to 3 pm
Dinner from 6 pm to 10 pm
Brunch 11 am to 3.30 pm (Saturday and Sunday only)
For the Bar, on Friday and Saturday, till 12 midnight
Close on Tuesday

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