I know. How is it that I’m mentioning Artichoke Cafe & Bar only now? I’ve passed by as many times as I can remember, either coming through from Bras Basah to City Hall or popping by the now-defunct Sculpture Square for a weekend market – but I’ve only visited the joint once. Briefly, too. I had an insatiable craving for sticky date pudding one evening and they were the closest in vicinity to still be opened. Hurrah! It lived up to my expectations.
I was back here last Sunday for brunch and I had a wonderful time. Firstly, the staff were constantly attentive and friendly. On top of that, the menu is an extraordinary breath of fresh air; its Greek and Middle-Eastern flair is a nice alternative to your usual eggs & sausages, and all the mains we ordered were whipped up with fresh ingredients and a big old heart.
We felt it, Artichoke.
We picked a main each to go around and Ale ordered the Feta Burrata. What a divine combination of tomatoes, feta & mozzarella cheese, beetroot and baby cucumbers atop a piece of toast. I found the recipe from chef and owner Bjorn Shen here – so go crazy with recreating it if you enjoy it like we did.
I didn’t get a shot of my salmon special but it was my favorite of the three. Sandwiched between two pieces of toast are smoked salmon, a lobster mayo mix and greens. It was a 100% melt-in-your-mouth experience. Ask for a nice thai chili dip for your fries too. Perfecto.
And like most shakshukas, this lamb option did not disappoint. The onions and meat were generous in portion and the eggs were cooked to a nice, runny consistency – most def value for its money and just the way I like it. Shasha and I love food with strong flavors and this was pretty much a pan of gastronomic heaven. We say, bring on more pita bread please.
We were properly stuffed at the end of our feast and couldn’t lift a finger to order any desserts, but Ale couldn’t resist giving the popsicles from Neh Neh Pop SG a go. They’re the resident ice cream men at Artichoke, and the flavors are crazy amazing: Mango Sticky Rice, Strawberry Pockie, Baklava, Sneekers, Rocky Road and so many more. I’m heading back this weekend to try some. Will be back with some a thumbs up I’m sure.