Artichoke

3057 Wishlisted
~$30/pax
Deviant Middle Eastern food. Not the kind of thing you'll ever get in the Middle East itself. We love doing things differently, and hate conforming to so-called 'norms'. Communal plates, cool music, chummy service, no pretentious bullshit, nuff said.

161 Middle Road
Singapore 188978

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Wednesday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Thursday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Friday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Saturday:
11:30am - 03:30pm
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Sunday:
11:30am - 03:30pm

Monday:
Closed

Tuesday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

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MEDIA TASTING
For some reason, this dish of Sea Asparagus has taken up permanent residence in my head ever since I had a taste of it.
I must admit, I didn’t expect to get so hung up on the innocuous looking thing but the taste of those scallion oil-tossed briney, crunchy and succulent strands from the salt marshes of Israel with creamy labneh, pickled garlic slices, freshly ground black pepper and buckwheat is something I can’t forget.
A trip back to Artichoke needs to happen soon I reckon.

We were so full after all the dishes we had (read previous post for reviews on it), there’s always another stomach for dessert 😋 Hence, we decided to try the most expensive yet tantalising one which is the Baklava Cheesecake 🍰($22)

When it came, immediately wow-ed by the portion is huge for 2! And it looked great too with all the different components; the ricotta cheese dollop on the huge piece of cheesecake with generous pistachio bits and crunchy pastry skin called Kataifi which is made of almond and walnut being sprinkled all over.

First of all, the cheesecake was warm, moist soft and flavourful on its own with a floral-orange syrup poured all over it. Would have been better if the cheesecake was more firm and burnt around the edges to give more texture. The whipped cream cheese was warm also and felt that a simple vanilla ice-cream would have made a better pairing. Overall, it was a too sweet dessert and too big for 2 to finish. Would probably stick to their non-dessert items and go elsewhere around the area for dessert (such as the uh-mazing softserve 🍦 from Brotherbird to name one hehe)

We later found out that this item is new on the menu and were asked on our thoughts on it by one of the staff. So is it worth the extra calories? Answer is no. Save it for an additional main and that would do your dining there justice

You don’t survive nearly a decade in the industry if you’re all gimmick and not substance.
There’s a new menu at Artichoke (here are some of it, clockwise from left Beetroot Borani, Sea Asparagus, Turkish Eggplant, and - my fave of the lot - Hummus & Iraqi Spiced Mushrooms), and these should have people returning for another decade.
I’ll tell you about it in my #WeetsEats column on Thursday.

Love the ambiance here, opted for the al fresco dining.

To start off our 5 dishes meal, its the Hummus Musabaha ($10) from the appetiser section. Ordered it with the Turkish Bread ($4.50) to thoroughly enjoy the dish. It was a very good plate of hummus except that there were mention of burnt miso but there were no trace of it at all. 🤔 But still swept the whole plate clean 👌

Secondly came all three as seen in the picture. On the bottom is under the Vege section, Fried Cauliflower ($20). We felt it was too oily and too much going on despite it tasting not bad. Personally, I liked the rice popcorn to give that crunchy texture to the rather mushy dish. Would not order it again unfortunately.

The Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder ($42) was extremely good. Love the gaminess flavour from the lamb with its tender meat soaked up in the soup. It came with a plate of onions sprinkled with sumac and two sauces which I forgot 😅 Eat it together with them!

And my personal favourite, the Green Harissa Prawns ($38). This dish was such a delight with the split cream and harissa flavour combining to create an absolutely delicious sauce (reminiscent of green curry) 🤤 Ordered another bag of the bread to sweep up all the goodness. There were 5 medium-sized prawns that came along with the dish and sadly, its just like any other regular prawns. Felt that they weren’t seasoned enough.

Had their dessert as well (new on the menu!), which is on my next separate post. Do read it to see if it is worth the extra calories on your next visit! 😉

Middle Eastern inspired restaurant is not something we would usually get excited about due to the lack of familiarity with the cuisine. The lack of what to expect contrasted well with the quality of dishes we had, such as this Cauliflower Kushari, which is really quite forward thinking when we look at the weekend brunch landscape today.

Sinfully delicious, this Fried Cauliflower with Egyptian Jewelled Rice, Smoked Japanese ramen Egg, Mint and Puffed Corn work magic when tossed together.

We have quite a feast of meals lined up today, very excited!

After all, this was 1 place on our list for a long time to try some (not-so-traditional) Middle Eastern cuisines.
Tucked away in a green corner, this was a great al fresco dining place away from the high-rise buildings.
We knew their green Harissa prawns were a must-order and for good reason. Not so much about the tiger prawns but the sauce was the hero of the dish. Tasting like a green curry with mild spiciness, the split cream added an addictive creaminess to the sauce. Best to soak up the sauce with their tasty bread.
Loved their bread that came in paper bag, fresh with a thin crunchy crust. We had 1 bag served with our hummus and Iraqi-spiced mushrooms which was a great starter. And we ordered another bag to go with the green Harissa prawn sauce.

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