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Artichoke

3416 Wishlisted
~$30/pax
What We Love
  • Make reservations to get a table in their charming cobblestone courtyard
  • Funky vibes against a backdrop of 60s soul and 90s pop culture with both indoor and outdoor seating
  • Charming courtyard restaurant serving bold Middle Eastern-inspired fare great for sharing
  • Brunch: Mezze Platter, Crab & Bacon Toast Dinner: Green Harissa Prawns, Hummus with Spiced Mushrooms, Lamb Ali Nazik

161 Middle Road
Singapore 188978

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Monday:
Closed

Tuesday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

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

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Grab a seat on the cobblestone courtyard at Artichoke and pull up your pants for the most exciting Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine you'll find in town, complete with a great soundtrack. Chef Bjorn Shen holds nothing back with creations like Crab Toast ($16) with chicken crackling and trout roe. Confused? So is Burppler Terence Ong, who loved the fluffy brioche buns and sweet blue swimmer crab mixed with tzatziki. "You can never go wrong with fried chicken skin." Burppler Kristen Yeo likes the Green Harissa Prawns ($38) too.

Photo by Burppler Julius Lim

Love the sour cream, and the hashbrown was really crispy

4/5

thick hash brown topped with sour cream sauce tasted like rosti. steak of the day was really tender and juicy.

tiger king prawns with delicious sauce!! sauce tastes like creamy thai curry with herbs. not too sure if it’s worth $38 but i must say, they give fresh and big prawns!

T R E A T
Available Wednesdays to Sundays, @artichoke_sg has a Deli Dinner for takeaway. As the set menu for 2 pax ($80) changes every week, you can’t sit around on your asses if you want to get your paws on it.
I had the privilege of a sneak eat last Sunday of this week’s Vietnamese-inspired version when the bossman himself dropped off a very generous meal at my home - thanks so much again for that @bjornshen.
Although the main act of the Deli Dinner is the monster of a modified Banh Mi (it’s apportioned into 2 x 300gms heavyweights for the Set), I found the rest of the items real attention-grabbers too.
Take the Chicken Broth for instance, the only thing that needed heating up. It was extremely tasty, especially with the beansprouts, onions, herbs and enoki mushrooms (by the way, these should only be chucked in moments before you commence slurping).
The Potato Salad was a side so bold from fish sauce caramel, fresh basil and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, it threatened to steal the thunder from everything else. It’s easily one of the more exciting potato salads I’ve ever had.
With shredded cabbage, carrots, pickles, firm tofu and peanuts tumbled together, the Vietnamese Coleslaw was vibrant in colour but that wasn’t why it made an impression. Leave it to a sliced chilli-filled “nuoc cham” to create the splash (quite literally).
Be prepared to unhinge your jaw for Bjorn’s larger-than-life cold-pressed Vietnamese sandwich. But remember, DO NOT REMOVE the plastic wrap around it. I made that mistake and it was like trying to get toothpaste back in the tube 😂 The wrap is to keep all the stuff packed in there, IN THERE. And there’s a lot of stuff. We’re talking lemongrass-grilled pork, bologna, housemade pickles, fresh herbs, vegetables and more. Except for coriander. Coriander gets its own ride.
One of the sweets I received was a box of pretty, gold-dusted Donuts topped with pineapple and jackfruit. It was nice but the Chocolate Pudding was the dessert that made me sit up and go wow. I‘ve never been into chocolate-and-banana combos but Pastry Chef Nancy had me happily eating my words (and her coconut cream-covered intensely chocolate-y dessert with bananas and peanuts).
The drink included in the Set was a pleasant and not overpowering Lychee and Lemongrass Cooler.

To order, go to:
www.bjornshen.com

You may want to also take note a new Deli Dinner menu drops every Monday at noon.

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You might be thinking why a Middle Eastern restaurant might be serving crab toast. But Artichoke isn’t a place where you feast on conventional Middle Eastern food.

I was amazed by the crab toast with chicken crackling and trout roe ($16++). So this may look like an elevated version of a crab mayonnaise toast but it isn’t.

The base features fluffy brioche buns that are baked in-house. A generous serving and sweet blue swimmer crab is mixed with tzatziki. What a pleasure it is to devour this small yet satisfying snack. The popping bursts of umami from the trout roe played its part in boosting the flavour profile of this toast.

And not forgetting about the chicken crackling which is basically fried chicken skin. What hit my soft spot was that the skin was really crispy and not oily at all, and certainly added a crunch to the dish. You can never go wrong with fried chicken skin.

This was part of the tasting menu and this picture may not accurately reflect the portion of the ala carte version.

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