I'm sure many of you have heard about Ryan Clift by now, owner of popular restaurants like Tippling Club, Open Door Policy and most recently, Ding Dong.
I was determined to try his restaurants out and you can read my review on Tippling Club here: https://www.treatsandmeats.com/blog/2013/7/15/tippling-club
And review on Ding Dong here: https://www.treatsandmeats.com/dingdong
In short, I think Tippling Club is incredibly overrated. I'd heard such rave reviews about this place and how it serves impeccable food and boasts an award winning bar. The interior of the restaurant was incredibly dated and old; not exactly a place you'd want to sit and have a $400+ meal! Yep, their tasting menus are incredibly expensive. Alternatively, you can opt for their bar snack menu, which is what I did. Their bar snacks were actually quite tasty, though I can't say the same for their cocktails. I wanted a cocktail with gin & Champagne but the waiter refused to customise one for me. It's totally not a big deal and I wasn't fussed by it, I just expected better service from a world class bar.
Ding Dong, on the other hand, was much more impressive. It's a newly opened restaurant along Ann Siang Hill serving South East Asian food and cocktails. The interior was trendy, bright and colorful. Their menu boasts a "small plates" and "big plates" section which is perfect for those who like to order several things and share. Overall, I thought most of their dishes were tasty and well presented, specifically the Vietnamese Scotch Eggs (a hard boiled egg, wrapped in sausage meat, bread crumbs then baked! Yum!).
I haven't written a formal review on ODP, but didn't find it impressive at all the last time I went. Maybe I ordered the wrong thing, I'm not sure. But either way, I think it's really hit and miss when it comes to Ryan Clift's restaurants!