And Why Cafe At Bali Lane

And Why, a cafe at Bali Lane, sandwiched between Stateland and Honeycomb has a New York Deli concept which was well executed in all aspects. From the interior design to the menu to the waiters’ uniform. And Why is bought to us by the folks of I Am. They use very intriguing names. Interesting! Since it is by I Am, so this is another Halal Cafe. Definitely great news for our Muslim Cafe Hoppers.

One Part of the Cafe
One Part of the Cafe

And Why does something very different to their coffee. They do not serve Espresso based coffee, something that we are very familiar with. For pure Espresso based coffee drinkers, you might be disappointed. Instead two brew method were available; the Chemex and V60. And there are 3 beans to choose from; Panama Boquete SHB, Sumatra Mandheling Gayo and Guatemala Puerta Verde. They provide a good mix of choices and I like this concept. One good point about And Why is they do provide milk or soda water, at least for now, if you do need them to mix with your black brew coffee. In addition, you will find the Cold Brew on the menu too.

Coffee
Coffee

If you do not prefer the Black Coffee, there are Mocktails and other hot beverages such as Tea and Chocolate and Sparkling or still Water.

Food-wise, you will find mainly Sandwiches and Salad. There are also pastries, Cheesecakes and Muffins too. For the Sandwiches, there are 3 selections of bread, the Foccacia, Italian Bread and the Baguette.

Now the big question. How does the food and drink fare? Was it good?

Lobster Mobster Sandwich
Lobster Mobster Sandwich

When I saw And Why’s menu, immediately, I knew what I wanted. It was the “Lobster Mobster” Sandwich. I have it with Italian Bread. Each sandwich comes with a side of either Salad or Chips. I chose Salad, a healthier choice, though I prefer Chips. When served, I find the portion a little too small. I am sure most will not be filled after a portion but it was good for me. The open sandwich filling of lobster was well mixed with rich mayo and lots of chopped celery and onions were added to enhance the taste. I like such strong tasting food. But I find that I should have requested for Foccacia instead as the herb taste was a little too strong for the lobster filling.

Sumatra Manhedling Gayo, Chemex
Sumatra Manhedling Gayo, Chemex

Now, the coffee. I always like Sumatra Manhedling. So when I spotted Sumatra Manhedling Gayo on the menu, I was pretty excited. I always enjoy the earthly, heavy body of this coffee. Likewise this coffee has this characteristics. But somehow, it was a little too acidic then the usual. Not too sure why.

The service in And Why was friendly and warm. And what I really like about And Why is that they provide a very good introduction to the menu. While I was enjoying my food, they even posed for a fun photo upon a request from a customer. I enjoyed that sight. I am keen to try other sandwiches from And Why when I am in the mood for sandwiches. And I am sure I would be trying the Sumatra Mandheling with the V60 at my next visit.

And Why is the name And Why? Hehe!

And Why
31 Bali Lane #01-01 Singapore 189867
Tel: +65 6291 0993

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/andwhyatbalilane

Opening Hours

Monday – Tuesday, Thursday 0800 to 2000; Friday – Sunday 0800 to 2100; Closed on Wednesday

Getting There

By MRT: Downtown line or East West line – Bugis station

By Bus:
– alight at or opposite Plaza Parkroyal along Beach Road – 100, 107, 107M, 961, 980;

– alight before Sultan Mosque along North Bridge Road – 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197;

– alight at bus stop near Bali Lane, along Ophir Road – 48

Rating: 7/10

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Sacha & Sons Delicatessen At Mandarin Gallery

Sacha & Sons Delicatessen at Mandarin Gallery are by the people behind The Wild Honey; converted the former Wild Honey all day breakfast at Mandarin Gallery to a New York Deli.

The layout is pretty much the same as the former Wild Honey, but the feel of the cafe now is totally different. A bit of New York deli element and feel exist in the cafe.

Menu
Menu

I enquired with the crew on what’s their signature and was informed that they specialises in sandwiches, especially the Reuben Sandwich and Bagel. Besides the sandwiches and Bagels, they offered some Toast, Knishes and Latkes, desserts and cakes too. Quite a nice variety. The salmon were cured in house. Soup is also served in Sacha & Son. I noted something unusual, Matzo MeatBall Soup and I asked what it was and the service crew told me that it wasn’t made of meat but of Matzo Crackers. Sounded interesting for me to try on some other visit.

I went with the Sacha’s Reuben Sandwich choice and it turned out to be fantastic.

In the Sacha’s Reuben Sandwich, you will find slice of pastrami (a must have), cheese and sauerkraut with pickled cucumber and coleslaw by the side. I didn’t enjoy both the pickled and coleslaw. It is the sandwich, particularly the roast beef that was absolutely awesome. It was tender, slight peppery and well roasted. With the combination of sauerkraut and cheese together with the bread, brought the sandwich to its best. By the way, there are two types of Reuben Sandwich, if you are looking for the one with Pastrami, you need to ask for Sacha’s Reuben. The other is the Classic Reuben with corn beef instead.

Toasted Bagels with House Cured Gravlax, Horseradish Cream Cheese, Onion & Capers
Toasted Bagels with House Cured Gravlax, Horseradish Cream Cheese, Onion & Capers

I am always attracted to Bagel somehow. I chose Bagel with Cured Gravlax. I was wondering what’s the different between Cured Gravlax and Smoked Salmon. Basically, it was the preparing method and of course the taste would be different as well. The Cured resulted in a sweetish, sourish and softer texture of the Salmon while the Smoked is briny and with a firmer texture. I quite like the Cured Gravlax. If you like sweet & sour, you probably like this.

Coffee
Coffee

For Beverage, I was recommended to have their house made soda. But I was thinking of coffee instead. There isn’t the espresso coffee such as Cappuccino, Latte or Flat White to choose from, all they have is brewed Common Man Single Origin and so I will have that with milk. It was decent, medium to high in acidity, medium body. Oh ya, and comes with free re-fill.

Gyphon Tea, Earl Grey
Gyphon Tea, Earl Grey

Other beverages option was tea, they were using Gyphon Tea.

I am looking forward to my next visit, to try more of their food.

 

Sacha & Sons
333A Orchard Road. Mandarin Gallery. #03-02 Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 6735 6961

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/sachaandsonsdelicatessen/info

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday 0900 to 2130; Saturday 0900 to 2230

Getting There

By MRT: North South line – Somerset or Orchard station

By Bus:
– alight opp Mandarin Orchard along Orchard Road – 36, 77, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 174, 174e, 190, 518, 700, 700A

– alight at National Youth Council along Grange Road – 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 174, 174e, 175, 971E

– alight opp Ngee Ann City along Orchard Turn – 14e, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A

– alight at Midpoint Orchard along Orchard Road – 7, 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502

Rating: 7.5/10

Note: Post was updated on 11 Dec after a second visit.