How many of you guys watched Masterchef and always wanted to try a dish from there, well you actually can! With Bjorn Shen (Masterchef Singapore Celebrity Chef Judge) at the helm of Artichoke, getting fun middle-eastern inspired fusion food can never be more interesting! Artichoke is an extension of Bjorn’s slapstick personality; inspired by his favourite movie, You Don't Mess with the Zohan. Authentic middle-eastern flavours combined with Bjorn's ingenious creativity, you'll certainly get an interesting unorthodox middle-eastern theme culinary experience!
Bjorn is chefowner of Artichoke, and author of the Artichoke cookbook. Notorious for his rebellious personality and outlandish style of cooking, Bjorn has earned significant industry recognition over the years. Outside of starting food brands Artichoke, Bird Bird and Neh Neh Pop, Bjorn wrote a monthly column titled ‘Bjorn Says’ for Time Out magazine, lectured at the Culinary Institute of America, and actively consults on menus for restaurant openings. Industry accolades that he has accumulated over the years include ‘Chef of the Year 2013’ SC Global, ‘Rising Chef of The Year 2015’ finalist World Gourmet Summit, ‘Best Local Chef 2016’ SG Readers’ Choice Awards, and ‘WGS Best 20 Chefs 2016’ World Gourmet Summit. Bjorn is also frequently on television, having most recently featured as a judge on MasterChef Singapore on Mediacorp’s Channel 5, and also on programmes such as MasterChef Asia and Secret Eats, and in lead roles on Eat List Star Season 2 and The Ultimate Brocation.
I was invited to be part of the media testing group to try some of Artichoke's signature dishes and to also experience Bjorn's infectious energy & charisma! We had a plethora of dishes ranging from an appetizer that is not even on the menu yet, to their best sellers, their pizzas & their full range of sweet dessert treats!!!
|Fresh Home-made Lemonade|
As Artichoke gathers it's inspiration from the middle-east, most of its dishes have a twist of it here and there and the "Mezze platter" which features a few of this week's best vegetable dishes and they are "Burnt miso hummus" (chickpeas blended with miso, torched, topped with dried blackcurrant and walnuts) "Babaganoush" (smoked eggplant, pomegranate teriyaki sauce, pomegranate and sesame seeds), "Samphire" (sea asparagus, labneh, shallots), "Falafel" (breadcrumb crusted quinoa balls), "Jerusalem salad" (crumbled falafel, tofu tahini, mango amba) & traditional Turkish toast.
Next in the line-up is the salad, but it ain't no ordinary salad, it's a fried cauliflower salad! It is made from fried cauliflower, 5-min egg, miso hummus, labneh, Israeli salad, tahini, skhug and mango amba served with a side of toast. So is probably not the best choice for you health-nuts but it is certainly one of the tastiest salad I have ever tried as we all know anything fried taste good automatically.
|"Green Machine" pizza|
|"Cheeseburger Lahmacun" pizza|
|Clockwise from top: Soft served ice-cream, Date pudding & Malabi Split|
Address: 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978
Opening hours: Tuesdays- Sundays (Happy hour 1600- 1900) (Dinner 1800- 2230) (Weekends Brunch 1130- 1530)
Phone: +65 6336 6949