Before I start on my meal at Open Door Policy, I would like to explain how we got there.
Our initial plan was to eat at Forty Hands, which is just across the road from the restaurant. However, they stopped serving dinner a month ago (though they still have not updated their menu), as they are concentrating on their brunch business. One of the staff told us that more updated information can be found on their Facebook page.
She then suggested for us to try Open Door Policy, which I have been putting off for a while due to the mixed reviews I have heard. It was still early then and we managed to secure a seat without any reservation.
There is a bar counter right at the entrance, I suppose to hold people during peak periods. You can also choose to sit at the counter and watch the chefs prepare your food.
We intended only to have main courses here, so we only tried two items on the menu.
The first main course is the pan-seared barramundi with qazpacho crystal bread and panzamella salad ($28). The barramundi is one of my favourite fishes and this was prepared just nice (I hate it when the fish is overcooked). The bell peppers really complimented the fish.
Folllowing that, we had 48 hour braised beef cheek with red wine quinoa and beetroot puree ($30). The beef was tender, but I felt that it was a bit too heavy for one person to finish, especially for those who are unaccustomed to eating this part.
By the time we finished our meals, it was just beginning to turn dark. I wished we had space for dessert because we happened to see the man next to us having his and it looked awesome. This probably means I need to make another trip back!
Open Door Policy
19 Yong Siak Street
Opens on Monday, and Wednesday to Sunday, from 1200-1500hrs and 1800-2200hrs.
Closed on Tuedays.