& Why… is more than the mysterious complexity its name implies. Bringing a much-needed taste of New York to Singapore’s Bugis, this Bali Street café-bistro-restaurant is nothing short of a neighbourhood hub. Bringing together food, fashion, art and drinks has assured the permanence of & Why… in this eternally cool Singaporean district. Frequented by the young, the fashionable and the famous, & Why… is the answer to its own question.
My friends and I had a really good experience at &why. Their food was tasty with rather big portions and customer service was commendable! Throughout our stay we have had the servers check on us a couple of times, taken the initiative to refill our water jug and one even offered free bread to accompany the salad as she was worried I did not have enough to eat. As they saw that we have had nothing to snack on since we finished dinner and as we continued to talk, the very thoughtful server offered us a complimentary cheese tart that was delicious. Their kind service persisted even after we paid, as one of us dropped a $5 note and the server chased us all the way to the main road to return us the note. Overall, it was an amazing experience and we really enjoyed their big breakfast and truffle fries.
The service was excellent, pretty and nice ambience with friendly staff who were attentive and our orders for 12 of us came timely. Our birthday girl was served a free dessert too!
Great ambience in a small group setting. Excellent mains and drinks. Staff are friendly and answered enquiries about food really well. Will definitely pay another visit again! :)
Bugis in Singapore has long enjoyed a reputation as a progressive, fashionable district in the city. From the 1950s right through until the 1980s, Bugis Street was the city’s stomping ground for transwomen, something that went on to become something of a tourist attraction. From this progressive history comes & Why… and its bold American flavours. It would do the place an injustice to simply deem it a café – there is some much more going on here.
Of course, there’s plenty of good food in the offing here too. Guests inevitably end up gushing about the buttery soft croissants and pastries and USA-OK-sized sandwiches. Although Singapore and Bugis have plenty of great places for coffee and light bites, what sets & Why... apart is that it manages to blend so many elements together so smoothly. You’re as likely to find fashion and art bloggers kicking back (and snapping photos on the sly, no doubt) as you are to find some studious types hunched over their French literature. The fun of Bali Street’s & Why… is that these elements can sit together so comfortably. There are few places as welcoming as this place in Bugis – come and meet your new favourite café.