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Artichoke. So Singapore, Inauthentic Middle Eastern Restaurant. Non Halal

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Today's dabao dinner was from Artichoke - inauthentic Middle Eastern food that is so soul Singapore. Heard a lot about Artichoke - I mean, I know people who swear by it and others who are not as enthusiastic. After tasting the dabao Meal for 2 today, I belong to the love it group.

Rather than inauthentic, I'll called it Middle Eastern inspired 😄

Restaurant name: Artichoke 


Address: 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978


Tel: 6336 6949


Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm | 5:00pm - 9:30pm (Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri lunch only | Mon off)


Non Halal



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Our dabao dinner spread. It's Artichoke's CB2 Meal for 2 which is available online for $80  👈 click

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The Meal for 2 has a choice of 2 mains. One of our picks was Roast Chicken with shish taouk marinade (yogurt, garlic and spices).

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The roast chicken was tender and moist - I mean not as moist as Hainanese chicken rice chicken, but more moist than roast chicken that I had in the Middle East.

There's nice savoury, smokey, spice flavours on the skin and subtle bit of chicken taste in the flesh.

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Our other main was Pan Seared Snapper.

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It's a thick slab of fish. Tender and slightly moist. A bit of savoury and spice taste outside while the meat had a bit of fresh fish sweetness.

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The Meal for 2 comes with a fixed set of mezze (Middle Eastern appetisers) starting with obligatory Hummus. The ubiquitous hummus is one of the dishes I remember most from my Middle East trips. Artichoke's version is zhng-ed with tehina, miso, pomegranate, pistachio, currants, etc. Cough.. cough.. nice but I still prefer unembellished hummus 🤭

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This was my first Beetroot Borani - 
cream cheese with beetroot topped with charred radicchio, 3-nut dukka and dill. The creamy dip has a nice zesty tangy sweet beetroot flavour and savoury nutty taste. 

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Obligatory vegetable side of Rainbow Slaw with red & white cabbage, carrot, bell peppers, fried chickpeas, Green Goddess dressing, etc.

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Turkish Bread (pita bread).

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Cots and Cream - sourish sweet yuzu-chamomile pudding (contains pork gelatine) with fruity fragrance. Apricots add zesty tangy sweetness and tarragon adds its unique spice flavour.


Artichoke have other dabao / delivery meal sets. Based on what we had today, I feel it is worth checking out.

Today, we didn't have any falafel and olives 🤔, some food things I remember most about the Middle East.


Good job, Seth. You all got ask Bjorn why he named his restaurant Artichoke or not, ah?


Written by Tony Boey on 9 Jun 2021 🥡 Day 25 of Singapore Phase 2 Heightened Alert to curb Covid-19 spread.

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