Artichoke is a Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant in the heart of Singapore’s Arts and Heritage district. At the helm is chef-owner Bjorn Shen, who’s been slinging out plates of tasty food for you since 2010. Artichoke is an extension of Bjorn’s slapstick personality; inspired by his favourite movie, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Go watch it if you haven’t.
Artichoke is probably the least authentic Middle-Eastern restaurant around. And that’s exactly how it should be. The food is fun and creative; drawing inspiration from Middle-Eastern flavours and ingredients, as opposed to being traditional. Imagine funky stuff like cuttlefish shawarma, “malabi”-style avocado pudding with passionfruit ice for something sweet, and bacon chops on toast on the weekends, all served to a backdrop of 60’s soul and 90’s hip-hop.