Before Open Door Policy introduced her new concept last year, Singapore’s dining scene was severely lacking in the gluten-free and dairy-free arena. After months of researching on alternative food sources, the bistro has up its ante with a revamped menu, offering diners 15 new exciting options.
Warm the tummy with Warm Wasabi Green Pea Scallop Soup ($23), which spots lightly seared Hokkaido scallops green pea and fennel soup that’s mildly spicy. A sprinkle of chia seeds add more nutrients and texture to the starter. Major love the fried gluten-free foccacia bread dunked inside.
If you prefer something more refined, go for Watercress Soup ($18), presented in a fancy fashion a la fine dining restaurants. The creamy soup is served with a sous-vide egg, sweet wolfberries and fried gluten-free bread.
The Avocado Jumbo Lump Salad ($25) is perfect for hot days when you need something invigorating to stimulate your appetite. The light starter is a melodious mix of spicy avocado, succulent crab meat, sweet corn kennel and salted egg crumble, decorated with charcoal gluten-free bread.
If you prefer bolder flavours, Vitel Tone ($25) will fit the bill. Chef Freddy’s take the popular Italian summertime antipasto comprises of thinly sliced sous vide veal loin on gluten-free fried bread slathered with homemade diary-free tuna mayo. Pickled purple cabbage adds an refreshing touch to the dish.
Comforting carb dishes include Spaghetti Alle Vongole ($28) and Vegetable Tempura Risotto ($25). The former features flavoursome rice flour strands, well-coated with creamy Japanese white miso sauce and a generous portion of white clams, while the latter delights with luscious potato based rice adorned with rice-flour battered okra, baby carrots, oyster mushrooms and broccoli fried till crisp.
Can’t decide between carbs and meat? Get the best of both worlds with Braised Veal Ossobuco ($32) where green pea puree risotto meets fork-tender braised veal ossobuco. The unique creation is enhanced with pickled purple baby carrots and a drizzle of preserved lemon juice.
Carnivores, satiate your cravings with Roasted Pork Rack ($38), hearty plate of swine that has basked in five-spice marinade for hours, then roasted expertly in the oven. The meat is further enhanced with spicy pineapple glaze. The purple sweet potato side is lovely too! Skip the Roasted Pork Rack and you’ll regret it!
Achieve your #eatclean goals without compromising on flavour with the Sous Vide Salmon ($32). The pink fish is marinated with garlic and thyme, and crowned with delicate dill foam. Pour the jug of braised mini chilli daikon broth and savour the appealing myriad of flavours.
Get your dose of omega-3 oils with the Pan Seared Threadfin ($32). The snowy slab boasts buttery flesh which is contrasted with sweet and spicy Thai mango salad tossed with Sakura Shrimp imported from Japan.
Round up the meal on a zesty note with the Calamansi Chocolate Tart ($16) where yolk-based calamansi and lime zest custard nesting in a no-bake bitter chocolate tartshell, finished with torched meringue and dehydrated calamansi slices.
Open Door Policy’s Dairy-free Apple Crumble ($16) gives lactose intolerant peeps the opportunity to enjoy the classic dessert that exemplifies timeless comfort. Sous Vide apple chunks marinated in a medley of 8 different spices are topped with crunchy oat flour and extra virgin coconut oil crumble. Accompanied with cashew nut milk creme anglais.
Those who prefer something light on the palate will appreciate the pretty Cashew Nut Milk Custard ($16). The silky cashew nut milk custard is glittered with vanilla bean specks, and adorned with paper-thin bitter-sweet chocolate tuille. Tangy golden kiwi compote, reduced with lime and mint surrounds the wobbly custard.
Open Door Policy’s new menu certainly deserves two thumbs up, for demonstrating once again that gluten-free and diary-free creations are a far cry from boring. In fact, the team nailed flavours and textures spot on, I could not even tell that all the dishes were gluten and diary free. Even if you don’t have any food allergies, you’re bound to enjoy the wholesome cooking, rustic flare and sustainable fare here. The ambiance is great too, suitable for dates and social gatherings.
Many thanks to Bless Inc Asia for the invite and Open Door Policy for the warm hospitality.