To mark his full-fledged return to the restaurant after the closure of Bird Bird, chef Bjorn Shen gives the menus at Middle Eastern-inspired Artichoke a refresh.
True to his self-termed ‘dudestronomy’ moniker, Shen continues to elevate comfort foods with the use of quality ingredients and more than a touch of creativity.
For starters, the mezzes feature longstanding crowd pleasers such as babaganoush ($10), along with new items to tease the palate such as Iraqi spiced mushrooms ($12) served on a bed of fried egg puree and topped with shaved parmesan.
Among the shared plates, signatures such as hot skillet prawns with green harissa ($38), those tender, juicy lobes of prawn bathed with an aromatic, umami sauce; and Lambgasm, a fork-tender whole roasted bone-in lamb shoulder ($220; feeds at least five; two-day advance order required), stay firmly on the menu.
Shen complements these mainstays with new flavour-packed dishes such as BJ’s favourite steak ($36), an Australian flank steak with za’atar butter and garlic; Iberico pork ($34), a Spanish pork collar with coca cola sauce; and mentaiko taramasalata ($18), a cod roe dip paired with garlic bread. Each dish’s combination of flavours meld together so well that we scarf them down in seconds.
For sweets, look out for the new pistachio-strewn baklava croissant ($7) and a sea salt burnt honey soft serve. And if you happen to be in the neighbourhood between 4-7pm on Tuesdays to Sundays, they’ve got a new Hang Time menu featuring $1 wings and $8 drinks to keep you occupied.
This may be the latest iteration of the menu at Artichoke, but we have no doubt that it won’t be the last. With Shen, who is also judging the inaugural MasterChef Singapore series later this year, there is never a dull moment.
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