BUGIS - Casual, comfortable and cool, Artichoke is a top choice for brunch-goers looking for something a little bit different. Set amidst the greenery of Sculpture Square, the cafe offers a breezy patio for al fresco dining or a mix of high and low wooden tables inside. In the kitchen chef and owner Bjorn Shen and his team create Middle Eastern inspired dishes that fuse exotic spices and fresh ingredients sourced from local farms and artisan producers.
Why you should come here:
If you’re not in the mood for a hotel brunch or a typical cafe, Artichoke is a good in between. The vibe is buzzy, the service is friendly, and the food is wholesome and hearty. Your brunch could start with an orange mimosa or housemade lemonade, then a heaping plate of Haloumi and Mushrooms with Turkish toast, creamy Feta Burrata, or the Lamb Shakshouka with baked eggs and a spicy tomato sauce.
What we love:
The menu here is not huge, but the dishes are interesting and original, and there is enough variety to suit all tastes. For veggies we highly suggest the Challah French Toast with popcorn custard, popcorn and chickpea crumble, spiced berry compote and orange blossom caramel. For the meat lovers, the Artichoke Fried Chicken kicks things up a notch with crispy chicken coated in a lemon-honey glaze and sides of paprika hash browns, tahini coleslaw, Lebanese pickles, toum garlic whip, and green harissa. The Huevos Rancheros are also a great hangover cure.
Artichoke is pretty straightforward with the menu and they make it plain and clear that they don’t do special requests for dishes that are not on the menu or make changes to the dishes that are on the menu, so be sure to read the menu thoroughly before you order. And definitely make a reservation ahead of time because this place gets hopping on the weekends.
About $35++ to $45++ per person.
Where: 161 Middle Road, Singapore 188978
Hours: Brunch: Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 3:30pm, kitchen closes at 2:45pm