Open Door Policy Introduces 100% Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Menu
With my colleagues, Ji Cheng and Raymund
I have always wanted to try the cuisine at Open Door Policy, therefore I was delighted when my colleagues organised an advance birthday lunch for me at this restaurant.
The rustic interior
What attracts me to the restaurant is the rustic look and the wooden furniture, making me feel relaxed instantly. The menu is refreshed recently by Executive Chef Ryan Clift and Founder of Spa Esprit Group, Cynthia Chua. Open Door Policy prides itself on its 100% gluten-free and dairy-free sustainable menu which does not compromise on taste, making it the perfect venue for diners who are health conscious and have gluten or dairy intolerences. The menu draws inspiration from Latin America, Europe and Australia and every dish is crafted with passion and care to appeal to diners who desire tasty and wholesome food.
In line with its emphasis on healthy food, ODP has also introduced a new indoor vertical farming programme where vegetables are grown in-house and incorporated with the restaurants’ dishes.
A new creation to look out for is the Rustic Tapioca ($18) a tomato-based sauce served with barlotti beans and accompanied with fresh bread on the side. A simple soup which is soothing to the palate and delightful to the senses.
Another new item on the menu is the vegan maccheroni pasta topped with portobello Bolognese grain and béchamel ($24). This is the ultimate comfort food which hits the right notes in all aspects. It is flavourful and abounds with fresh, wholesome ingredients. The best part is that it is completely vegan which makes it much healthier than the usual Bolognese pasta.
Another dish which deserves a special mention is the fresh spaghetti tossed with artichoke hearts, mountain asparagus and smoked mackerel ($28). It is a hearty combination of savoury, nutty and creamy flavours. The sauce is slightly creamy but not overly rich.
Pistachio and mortadella ham ravioli
For those who prefer lighter flavours, go for the pistachio and mortadella ham ravioli served in a tasty hen’s broth ($26). It is a clear consommé soup which is refreshing and subtle in taste. It is not exactly mind-blowing but it is palatable. The skin of the ravioli can be a little thinner though.
The restaurant also has a daily set lunch priced at $35++ which includes a soup, pasta and mocktail.
We tried the garden lemonade ($10++) which was not exactly the most memorable mocktail on the menu. It had a zesty and slightly tart taste which I did not really enjoy.
Overall, I like Open Door Policy for its concept, cuisine and its focus on sustainably sourced ingredients. What I did not really enjoy was the service which in my opinion was not amicable enough.
Open Door Policy is located at 19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650. For enquiries and reservations, please call 6221 9307. For more information, please visit here.