For a city whose ethnic quarters seem a little like Disney theme parks, there’s a refreshing authenticity to Singapore’s Tiong Bahru district. Opening amid its charming mix of Buddhist temples, hawker stalls and Art Deco-style flats is Spa Esprit group’s latest foodie venture, Open Door Policy. Creative director Jerry De Souza makes the most of the deep, narrow pre-war space, bouncing light off the embossed-tin ceiling and installing a glass-walled show kitchen. The menu has an eclectic mix of modern European bistro and comfort fare (try the beef cheeks, braised for two days). The sophisticated coffee menu is an offshoot of the Third Wave coffee house 40Hands, across the road.