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.
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161 Middle Road
Singapore 188978

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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~$30/pax

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In the bugis district where smooth full-flavored hummus is easily found, this version stands out with its bold flavor and outrageous creaminess. The addition of walnuts for flavor and blackcurrants as a fruity treat is always welcome.

300g Australian flank steak with za’atar butter and garlic, so full of flavour, juicy and tender!

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A rollercoaster of layered flavor, this was a hit with the table, with the middle eastern flavored butter adding hefty knockout blows towards an idyllic food coma.

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We each got a Baklava Croissant ($7++) to take home, which was such a thoughtful gesture by Artichoke because it's like they predicted, wait no-- they ENSURED we were super well fed. Baked fresh daily, if you are afraid this will be crazy saccharine sweet like actual baklava, fear not. It isn't! Not even after Bjorn drizzled some orange blossom honey over it & then a bit of powdered sugar.

I honestly don't know about eating this as dessert, but I had it with a good cup of coffee for breakfast the next morning 😎

Thanks Bjorn & Sheena for hosting us, & Burpple for the invite! 💕

Chocolate is not my go-to flavour, but the Chocolate Pie ($5++) impressed me. Everyone's face lit up upon tucking in to this oozy chewy goodness, & ended up raving about it 😍 It was recommended we pair this with the Sea Salt Burnt Honey Soft Serve, which was excellent because I felt the soft serve was too icy on its own to enjoy, but with the chocolate pie, it was a party in my mouth.

Thanks Bjorn & Sheena for hosting us, & Burpple for the invite! 💕

Surprisingly, despite the red meat galore in front of me, my favourite dish was the Hot Skillet Prawns ($38++) - in my opinion, this is pricey. BUT the plump prawns & delicious green harissa flavours more than make up for the splurge. We used the extra bread we had left to greedily soak up the delicious zhup. Very drool worthy - I would order this again on a fancy night out.

Thanks Bjorn & Sheena for hosting us, & Burpple for the invite! 💕

The Lamb Adana ($28++) is definitely in my top few favourites - a Turkish lamb kebab so juicy & moist, paired with Pistachio yogurt & mint that calmed the explosion of lamby goodness in my mouth as I chewed on with a smile on my face.

Thanks Bjorn & Sheena for hosting us, & Burpple for the invite! 💕

Artichoke's signature slow cooked lamb shoulder, cheekily called The Lambgasm ($220++), feeds 5 or more. It's a whole roasted bone-in lamb shoulder that is MASSIVE & requires a 48-hour advanced order.

While the meat was tender & fall off the bone, I felt that this dish mostly all about the theatrics; in terms of flavour, I preferred the Lamb Adana, which had a stronger lamb flavour. This, of course, is personal preference, seeing as to how many people don't actually enjoy the lambyness of lamb. But if you are looking for a show & you have a good number of people to split this between, you could give it a shot.

Thanks Bjorn & Sheena for hosting us, & Burpple for the invite! 💕

Do not expect the usual flakiness, because this is not your typical, classy croissant in many ways. Buttery, dramatically drenched in the most aromatic orange blossom honey, more powdered sugar and even so, it wasn’t overly sweet and there was a little nutty, crunchy goodness from pistachio!

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However, artichoke does a great rendition using mentaiko. The Mentaiko Taramasalata ​($18), is a luscious cod roe dip with charcoal-fired garlic bread and a side of peas. One of my favorites, I could easily have an entire portion to myself.

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Haven’t had a good Date Pudding in awhile - thanking my lucky dessert stars that I got to try this during the eatup here! The moist date cake wasn’t cloying at all, goes superbly well with the dulce de leche custard, espresso agar and the most delightful crunchy cashew brittles for differing textures, making this a dessert that welds beautifully together. 🤤

A rollercoaster of layered flavor, this was a hit with the table, with the middle eastern flavored butter adding hefty knockout blows towards the idyllic food coma.

Thanks @burpple for the invite and @artichoke_sg for hosting!

Still missing this sweet thing from Artichoke! It's the last dessert that looked appealing to me just by looking at the name on the menu because I am neither a date nor a pudding person. But it turned out to be a bomb.

I like how this date cake, that's not too sweet on its own, actually gets soaked up by the pool of caramel-like dulce de leche custard, turns so moist and crumbles in the mouth. Though appears to be messy, this pudding has so many surprises; a shiny mosaic of caramelized cashew brittle, salty-sweet confection. The buttery flavour reminded me of popcorn. Added roasted coffee aroma and hint of bitterness from the espresso jelly hidden in the custard and the sprinkled cocoa powder on top.

Thank you Burpple for the invite and Artichoke for hosting!

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The Iberico Pork Collar ($34++) surprised me with its perfect meat-to-fat ratio, & the Coca-Cola caramel sauce was a balanced level of sweet. I liked this grilled spanish pork dish very much because it simply just melts in your mouth & makes you so happy. Not something you'd hear often from me about my least favourite meat. This is really special.

Thanks Bjorn & Sheena for hosting us, & Burpple for the invite! 💕

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BJ’s Favourite Steak ($36++), a plate of 300g of lean Australian beef flank, looked super delicious, & it was. Unfortunately, the texture was a little too chewy for my liking, but thumbs up for the great flavours especially with the za'atar butter & huge soft cloves of garlic.

Thanks Bjorn & Sheena for hosting us, & Burpple for the invite! 💕

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