There’s nothing quite like the familiarity of your local restaurant, welcoming you with open arms like an old friend. In Singapore, regardless of where you come from, that restaurant is Artichoke, an upbeat, eccentric and downright charismatic venue in the city’s Bras Basah Bugis precinct.
Chef-Owner, Bjorn Shen, is showing Singaporeans what it’s like to break the culinary rules, with a playful approach to Middle Eastern cooking. Known for his ‘dudestronomy’ cuisine, he delivers a dining experience that’s a reflection of his unpretentious cooking style and welcoming and laid-back personality. Even the name of the restaurant was chosen in a very casual way – Bjorn recalls the process of flipping to a random page of the book, Food: The Definitive Guide, picking a point and choosing the first word as the name for the eatery. Voila! Artichoke was born.
Playfulness is at the centre of Artichoke’s mandate, with the arabesque flourishes in red, black and white covering the walls and menu. This colour scheme, coupled with grungy murals and customised silkscreen posters, provides the perfect setting to enjoy an innovative yet delicious Middle Eastern meal unlike anything you’ve tasted before.
Taste the difference at Artichoke’s weekend brunch – a must-try for Singaporean locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re after a boozy start to Saturday with a peach bellini, or quick caffeine fix with beans from a local roaster, Artichoke has you covered. Tear into a house-made pizza like the Croque Manoushe, the restaurant’s take on a traditional Middle Eastern breakfast that’s topped with Wagyu ham, eggs, fresh tomatoes and za’atar.
By night, the dinner menu is full of delicious share plates and larger dishes to devour. Snack on hummus or babaganoush with a refreshing beer in hand before moving on to the serious stuff, like the fried cauliflower salad with labneh ranch and the house signature, hot skillet prawns with green harissa and split cream.
While the menu is diverse and delicious, one of the must order dishes is the signature slow-roasted lamb shoulder – the Lambgasm. In what Bjorn described as, “throwing caution to the wind” and testing their diners’ tolerance, the Lambgasm is served sizzling hot at the table.
Refresh your palate with something from Artichoke’s wine list, which has been thoughtfully curated by General Manager, Ronny Choo. Ronny has been a part of the restaurant since its early days and with a deep love for wine and strong knowledge of the menu, each Middle Eastern–inspired dish has a beautifully matched drop waiting for you to try.
Artichoke’s playful vibes and exciting atmosphere are unmatched, making it the ideal destination for dinner with an old friend, a date with a new one, or somewhere to get the whole gang back together. Whatever the occasion, you’ll feel instantly at home at Artichoke.