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.

Feta Burrata, $22


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.

Lamb Shakshuka, $25

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.

Rocky Road, $7

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.


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