Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Open Door Policy

What's great about the weekend is that you can wake up naturally and not by some alarm clock or meeting to rush to. What's even greater is to have breakfast during lunch, minus the worry about scuffing it down as the clock ticks. 

Couple of Saturdays ago, we finally found a common free time to have brunch together at Open Door Policy.  Trying to get people to agree on a time and day isn't such a simple task. We've heard and talked so much about how Tiong Bahru has been spruced up with cosy coffee joints such as Forty Hands, Stranglets, Orange Timble etc. I know it's a little late, but better late than never right. 
So, we finally made it to the much raved about Open Door Policy.

The rustic bistro was warmly lit by a lot of natural lighting filtering through the glass ceilings, and we scored a nice spot right at the under the glass roof. Surprisingly, we didn't get a turn a tone darker by the end of brunch (the paradox of wanting to sit under the sunny area without getting the effects of it). 
The menu here is rather straightforward and concise, making decisions less of a hassle. 

I decided on the smoked salmon and scramble eggs on a toasted ciabatta with spinach and fresh herbs (S$19++). I'm a huge fan of salmon and the last time I had a good smoked salmon breakfast was eons ago at Artichoke. The portions were really hearty and earthy, as compared to most of the breakfast places which aim for the dainty English breakfast that come in "princess portions". Or perhaps I'm just too much of a hearty eater, especially when it comes to weekend brunch. The smoked salmon was alright but the star of the dish was the fluffy scrambled eggs. The creaminess of the eggs complemented the saltiness of the smoked salmon and the robust flavours were gently toned down by simplicity of the toasted ciabatta. Towards the end, bitterness of the arugula rocket gave a roundness to this ensemble, giving it a complete and rustic flavour. 

If you're wondering where's the scrambled eggs, its tucked right under this huge slices of smoked salmon. 

Unfortunatly, I didn't managed to catch a picture of Tony's breakfast but snapped Taisong's one before he dug in. Poor Tony, must have been too hungry from all the waiting for the ladies to arrive. My bad. The Poached Asparagus with Scrambled Eggs, rocket and fresh tarragon on a toasted brioche (S$18++) stayed true to its rustic theme as it was served on a wooden chopping board. The eggs were lightly infused with truffle oil and olive oil. The brioche was amazing for this one, adding a buttery aroma to each bite.

Brunch isn't complete without the sweets. I had to order an extra portion of ODP pancakes with strawberries and cream (S$16++). I love strawberries anything. Strawberry shortcake. Strawberries and cream in pancakes or crepes. Strawberry lip balm. Strawberry........
I love the vibrant colour of starwberries and the blend of sweet and sourness to it,, especially when it's paired with whipped cream and fluffy hot pancakes!! 

Strawberries and Cream Pancakes drizzled with strawberry sauce 

Open Door Policy is definitely one of my "to go" places for brunch. Don't expect a quiet and dainty weekend brunch, but a vibrant and homely morning. Do remember to book in advance cos' ODP sure is a hot spot among weekend brunch goers.

Open Door Policy

19 Yong Siak Street
(Yong Siak View)
Singapore 168650

Lunch: 12 to 3:30pm
Dinner: 6pm to 11pm
Brunch: 11am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday only)

Closed on Tuesdays

Tel: +65 6221 9307

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