& 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.
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.
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! :)
The food is really delicious. We ordered Rosemary Chicken dish. I really want to thank the chef for his skills. I also really want to thank the barista. She took her initiative to show us the different types of tea and also recommended my friend a drink that she might like. She is friendly and always tries her best to entertain her guests. I also want to thank the waiter for always checking up on us if we are done with our food. I love the interior design of the whole place as it gives an old vibe of the past. Keep up the good work!
We had a fantastic time at the cafe. Food was great, ambience was cosy ,friendly and welcoming, though a tad bit dim for a few "makchics" needing glasses to read the fine print menu! The servers were attentive to our needs and amused us with their lighthearted humour. Insya Allah, you will see this few and maybe more of the "makchics" :)
Good food, great service. The Affogato is one of the best I have ever had. We were also given a huge piece of complimentary yummy cheesecake at the end of our meal. An absolute 2 thumbs up for an awesome service. Will definitely make return trips and spread the good word.
Really nice environment. Food was great. Service was really good. Staff was attentive and kept coming back to check on us even though we were seated in the next unit. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu!
Highly recommend the Grilled Cajun Chicken, served with rocket leaves and mushrooms. Super yummy. Ambience was really nice. Excellent service by the waiters and baristas. Will definitely be coming back here for more.
The food is delicious.. Ordered the crabmeat pasta, rosemary poussin, soup of the day (tomato cream soup) and lavender pinna cotta.. Went during lunch time and not crowded at all.. Will be back again to try different dishes..
- the ambience was good - the cafe was not cooling enough - have ordered the steak sandwich but the beef patties were salty - the potato wedges with sour cream and tomato paste was good