Open Door Policy at Hipster Estate Tiong Bahru Revamps Weekend Brunch + New Cocktail Menu

One of our favorite things to do on the weekend is strolling around hipster neighborhood Tiong Bahru; be inspired by creative designs at Strangelets, drool over one-of-a-kind pieces at Nana & Bird, and (the journalist in us can’t resist in) adding more books to our endless wish list of books at Books Actually—only after brunch at the ever popular Open Door Policy, lovingly referred to as ‘ODP’.

Popular weekend brunch spot Open Door Policy (ODP) at Tiong Bahru

Open Door Policy Brunch Restaurant - Tiong Bahru - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Open Door Policy Brunch Restaurant 2 - Tiong Bahru - Review by Gourmet Adventures

As if the previous menu isn’t enough of a draw—the place is perpetually crowded, and for good reason—Head Chef Daniele Sperindio has upped the ante with a spanking new weekend brunch menu that elevates a fusion of European, Western and Asian flavors à la bistronomy.

We order an espresso martini ($20) to satisfy our caffeine fix, and morning glory fizz ($19) from the new cocktail menu (there’s a total of 14 very enticing tipples) crafted by Tippling Club’s Head Bartender, Kamil Foltan. The former awakens the senses with a dose of espresso and spiced Jamaican rum in place of traditional vodka, while the latter is a refreshingly fruity brunch option made with our favorite Monkey Shoulder whiskey, fresh lemon juice and a touch of absinthe.

A cure for hangovers—assuming you’re having one—the Kentucky Mary ($18) is a spin on the classic Bloody Mary with Redemption bourbon and red wine, coupled with the usual salt, pepper, Worschester sauce, fresh lemon juice and tomato mix before gently smoked with a barbecue-infused finish. It may seem a little boozy for a hangover cure, but sometimes fighting fire with fire is what’s needed.

Kentucky Mary ($18) at Open Door Policy (ODP)

Open Door Policy Weekend Brunch - Kentucky Mary - Review by Gourmet Adventures

We scour through the brunch menu and decide on eggs benedict ($21) adorned in green curry hollandaise sauce, layered with poached chicken, baby spinach, diced fresh tomatoes and deep fried shallots. The hollandaise is light and creamy without being overpowering, with floating hints of laksa leaf amid notes of Thai green curry. We now understand what we were here to do: to witness a happy marriage of eggs benny and Thai green curry (and they lived happily ever after).

 Eggs benedict ($21) at Open Door Policy (ODP)

Open Door Policy Weekend Brunch - Eggs Benedict with Poached Chicken in Green Curry Hollandaise Sauce - Review by Gourmet Adventures

Our dining companion orders the potato rosti ($26)—an item we generally do not order, for one simple reason: we can cook it ourselves. While we may find it a little disconnecting to part with 26 bucks for fried potato, but here, the classic comfort is dressed up with buttery scrambled eggs and premium pork sausages sautéed in red onion jus and a touch of balsamic vinegar that truly allows the quality of the meat to shine; the caramelized sweetness of red onion aiding in its flavor.

 Potato rosti ($26) at Open Door Policy (ODP)

Open Door Policy Weekend Brunch - Potato Rosti Served with Scrambled Eggs, Sliced Pork Sausages - Review by Gourmet Adventures

When the buttermilk pancakes ($22) finally arrive, all civility quickly dissipates as we fight to call dibs on the stunning tower of pancakes. House-made citrus-flavored crème patisserie is sandwiched between three layers of fluffy pancakes as freeze-dried raspberries and poached strawberries rain over the glorious dessert structure, finished with a scoop of house-made vanilla and brown sugar ice cream and a drizzle of lemon balm. It’s all sorts of luxury in a bite—definitely not to be missed.

Buttermilk pancakes ($22) at Open Door Policy (ODP)

 Open Door Policy Weekend Brunch - Buttermilk Pancake with Creme Patisserie - Review by Gourmet Adventures

More lunch than brunch is the roast wagyu rump ($28). Here, iceberg lettuce is sautéed gently with French dressing, topped with crunchy ratte potatoes, wagyu rump, two poached eggs and a robust chili béarnaise on a brioche bun. The pinkish meat is tenderly cooked, offering the right amount of pull and bite to justify medium rare doneness, and we appreciate how Chef Daniele has managed to fuse subtle Asian nuances in his creations.

Roast wagyu rump ($28) at Open Door Policy (ODP)

Open Door Policy Weekend Brunch - Roast Wagyu Rump, Ratte Potatoes, Poached Eggs - Review by Gourmet Adventures

It’s the perfect weekend destination for a lazy brunch, all right.

Open Door Policy, 19 Yong Siak St., 6221-9307. Brunch is available on Sat-Sun 11am-3pm.

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