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

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

Wednesday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Thursday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

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Price

~$30/pax

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Turkish Apple Pie [$14].

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Reconstructed into softie paired with apples and apricot chunks. Lastly topped with brown sugar kataifi flakes for that extra crisp.
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Artichoke Fried Chicken โ€ข S$26++

Be still my heart.

The Artichoke Fried Chicken is some pretty darn good fried chicken. The sweet honey-lemon glazed chicken skin is mighty crispy yet the meat remains incredibly juicy. It's accompanied by a few sides of tahini (toasted ground hulled sesame seeds) coleslaw, Lebanese pickles, paprika fries. There's also a toum garlic dip that goes with everything. Just make sure to bring mints along!

Of well plated main dishes and well- balanced flavours.

@timchee and I decided to bring his mother, @cheangeelim to @artichoke_sg for Mother's Day Brunch. ๐Ÿ˜Š. ๐Ÿด
Lamb shashouka was well balanced with the tanginess from the tomatoes & yoghurt and tenderness of the lamb. Imam bayildi (Grilled eggplant, halloumi and kranji Mushrooms ) it has a super good sauce that goes w it. Maple glazed bacon and crab pate toast. Rye bread was a bit too hard. But crab was delicious and maple glazed bacon was a bit like maple glazed ham. ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿด
Overall good experience at @artichoke_sg , although there was a strange pair of customers that insisted on taking our corner table. We relented to being shifted (since the sun was so glaring at the seat anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚). But kudos to them for offering our coffee to be on the house when we agreed to be shifted. ๐Ÿ˜„
#burpple #sgcafe #artichoke #sgfood

Imam Bayildi ($23++)

I tried to behave today and pick a healthier brunch. So the vegetarian "Imam Bayildi" was what I zoomed in on. This new-ish dish turned out to be a real treat as it was surprisingly substantial, with some of my all-time favourites partying together like no tomorrow!
I've always been a sucker for the salty, squeaky yumminess of haloumi cheese since discovering it for the first time right here in Artichoke. To have it with juicy, meaty mushrooms, smoky grilled eggplant and soft, sweet caramelised onions was extra enjoyable. Lining the bowl was a luscious purรฉed sauce of burnt peppers that worked wonders with everything too.

Bacon & Crab Sandwich ($25++)

This is an evolution of a creation by Chef Jolene at one of Artichoke's "Young Guns Brunch Takeover" event that took place many months ago. It's all "grown up" now to become a streamlined, elegant thing but still packing that in-your-face flavour combination.
Renamed the "Bacon & Crab Sandwich", this has a slab of the infamous Artichoke maple-glazed bacon and a heap of spicily-seasoned crab pate on a slice of rye sourdough. Bonding these smoky-sweet and savoury elements nicely together are a sunny-side-up fried egg, some refreshing, crunchy cabbage and a fusion form of harissa (which is a Tunisian chilli pepper paste).
If you are seeking something bold for your weekend brunch, this sandwich should do the trick.

Of Egyptian Origins: The Ful Medames ($16++)

After a big Friday/Saturday night out, when your hangover is calling out for something substantial but you don't want anything meaty, this concoction would do nicely.
Artichoke's "Ful Medames" is a vegetarian bean stew that's pumped up with spices, pickles, tahini lemon dressing and fermented butter. Plonked in that pan of mooshiness is a soft-boiled egg for extra protein. Grab one of the accompanying warm grilled Turkish toast to dunk-scoop the piping hot goodness non-stop, direct to your mouth, and you'll start feeling human again very quickly.

Artichoke Fried Chicken ($26)

I love (love love) Artichoke and the beautiful space tucked away in Sculpture Square. The enclave on the inside, underneath the glass ceiling beside the concrete wall is my fave - I always ask for that section when making a reso for a larger group.

This dish is one that keeps bringing me back for brunch/lunch. Probably my favourite thing to order (next to the cauliflower sabbich), the chicken is beautifully marinated and fried to a perfect crisp. You get about 3 pieces, perfect to share so that you can try many of the other gems on the menu. Served with seasoned chips, red cabbage coleslaw and in-house made pickles.

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Cauliflower Sabbich ($23)

This was one of the first things I ever had at Artichoke, and I still always order it when I come here. An open faced pita sandwich with fried cauliflower, Israeli salad, hummus + labneh and rocket leaves. The fried cauliflower is charry, divine and so moreish. Working your way through a dish (well, sandwich) this complex is basically a party for your tastebuds - every bite (depending on what you scoop up on your spoon) is always a little different.

There's also a smoked egg, but it's not my fave - I've been spoiled by all the hanjuku eggs out there. ๐Ÿ™Š

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Fry-day Brunch

Not what I expected for brunch, but the Fried Chicken ($24) came w 3 massive pieces of drumlet/wings!!! Meat was so moist that the honey-lemon glazed batter kept sliding off the juicy meat. Loved the light toum (garlic whip/dip) that tasted so good w everything (fries, chicken, pita). Order this to share if you're not a big eater!

Cauliflower Sabbich

After hearing me constantly rave over Artichoke, my sister had high hopes coming here with me to eat. (She's the pickiest eater.) And trust me, she didn't even bother talking to me throughout lunch, because she was too busy eating her food. What amazes me always is how Artichoke takes such simple vegetables like this cauliflower, and completely transforms it to a whole new level of yum and satisfying. It makes you eat vegetables without thinking you're eating vegetables - you feel me? And they balance the flavours so well, that you will happily mop up everything (with their delicious pita bread) and luxuriate in every final bite. I swear - if my parents had brought me here when I was five, I think I'd actually enjoy eating vegetables. Typing this has made me hungry again. Help. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Imam Bayildi

Don't ask me how to pronounce this - I am clueless myself. Being a huge eggplant lover, my sister was a happy camper with this dish. Their chargrilled eggplant didn't turn bitter despite the grilling, remaining moist on the inside, and went perfectly with their sauce, mushrooms, caramelised onions and haloumi. It's like a vegetarian steak, but with a completely new texture that just makes you keep wanting more of everything. The sister highly approves! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Taro Soft Serve

Soft serve creations by Artichoke's Group Pastry Chef (and Burpple Tastemaker) @fionating never fail to please me with their imaginative yet thoughtfully curated flavours and textures.
The one I had at tonight's "Flavours of the Philippines" event featured a taro (yam) flavour soft serve. It came accessorised with familiar Pinoy ingredients of fresh jackfruit, crunchy Boy Bawang puffed corn, a fried banana springroll and a shower of desiccated coconut. I couldn't ask for a better sweet ending to my Filipino feast. And if you look closely at my pic, you'll notice Artichoke's Chef-Owner Bjorn Shen is as keen on my taro soft serve as I! ๐Ÿ˜†

The Tasty Filipino Style Chicken

Another favourite dish of ours at tonight's "Flavours of the Philippines" pop-up event was the Lechon Manok ($16).
Beautifully moist, it had a delicate fragrance from having been massaged with a lemongrass rub prior to cooking. Served alongside were housemade atchara pickles and coconut vinegar for the vital acidic cut through.
Let's just say we did an excellent job of making everything disappear in no time ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

"Flavours Of The Philippines" - One Night Only But Boy Did It Give Us Some Things To Remember

The night belonged to "Pinoy Dude Food" and it was done bloody well! Basically, Chef Frankie Le, the mastermind behind this event and the team, took an array of Filipino classics and gave it the Artichoke spin. His 3-week trip to the Philippines was obviously a great source of inspiration.
We loved everything we had but my favourites were the Kinilaw ($12), Sisig Hotcakes ($14) and the Lechon Manok ($16). The former two, shown above, burst with such mouthwatering flavours.
Kinilaw is essentially a Pinoy version of the ceviche and this version had cubes of red snapper fish tossed in vinegar along with strips of capsicum, jalapeรฑos and topped with extremely crispy chicken skin. Very appetising stuff.
The Sisig Hotcake ($14) had all the best parts of a pig (cheek, ear, liver, collar) chopped up and sautรฉed, then piled onto a maple syrup hot cake and topped with a fried egg and crispy chicharon (deep-fried puffs of pig rind). This sweet and savoury combo was so delicious we had to order a second round of it.

Gooseberry Softie Pie ($14)

A luscious soft serve that boasts an intense maple flavour. Went super well with the tart gooseberry compote and the floral rose jelly! Found the biscuit base to be a little hard but still very very enjoyable dessert that you can't stop shoveling. Loved the sprinkled sumac.

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