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Penny University

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This specialty coffee coffeehouse pays homage to the vibrant coffee culture in London and the owner even went through a training stint in Central London's Prufrock Coffee. The coffee menu is kept simple - espresso and espresso with milk in 3, 5 and 7 ounce portions.

Mon - Thu: 08:30 - 18:00

Fri - Sat: 08:30 - 22:30

Sun: 08:30 - 19:00

+65 90089314
$13 based on 61 submissions
Brunch (11 votes), Breakfast (9 votes), Chillout (9 votes)
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Great food at cheap price!

http://poohlovesfood.com/2015/03/01/penny-university/ for full review with pics

2 years odd old Penny University is definitely standing strong along the stretch of East Coast Road. Strong aroma of coffee brew welcomes you once you step into the cafe. A corner of the cafe is decorated with bookshelves making it like a reading chilling corner. & a thing to note is that the wait is crazily long during the weekends! You may wonder why with so many cafes around right now, but it’s just for 2 simple reason, Cheap & Quality food.
 
 Since the last time i tried a babycino i begin to fall in love with it, partly due to the mini marshmallow i must say. Babycino ($4) are basically frothed milk without the caffeine. & topped with mini marshmallow for some sweetness when melt in your mouth. As i’m not a milk lover, i find it a little too overwhelming for me, i’ll probably go for the chocolate flavor the next time i drop by there.

 As you may or may not know by now, Penny university do not really serve the typical all day breakfast where you can get it almost in any cafe. They had something simpler, not too fanciful, and it started all with toasts and croissants with scrambled eggs or something healthy like yoghurt with granola. And this Turkish Eggs ($8) caught my attention almost instantly. 2 poached eggs on lightly whipped yogurt, topped with homemade spicy Moroccan harissa sauce and oregano leaves, served with toasted bread. Very light and refreshing flavor, sourish yoghurt with the savory eggs. A very special and delightful combination i would say. You could add on smoked salmon or ham / turkey at some extra penny.
 
 We wanted to try their buttermilk waffle but it was sold out on that day, so we decided to go for their Brownie with ice cream ($5.50). Very chocolatey and nutty. It’s a little dry and crumbly too. Goes well with their generous scoop of vanilla ice cream nonetheless.
 
 Overall, a cafe still keeping their prices affordable and not compromising the quality of food all these while. It’s definitely commendable and worth a visit when you’re near the vicinity.

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Great food at cheap price!

http://poohlovesfood.com/2015/03/01/penny-university/ for full review with pics

2 years odd old Penny University is definitely standing strong along the stretch of East Coast Road. Strong aroma of coffee brew welcomes you once you step into the cafe. A corner of the cafe is decorated with bookshelves making it like a reading chilling corner. & a thing to note is that the wait is crazily long during the weekends! You may wonder why with so many cafes around right now, but it’s just for 2 simple reason, Cheap & Quality food.
 
 Since the last time i tried a babycino i begin to fall in love with it, partly due to the mini marshmallow i must say. Babycino ($4) are basically frothed milk without the caffeine. & topped with mini marshmallow for some sweetness when melt in your mouth. As i’m not a milk lover, i find it a little too overwhelming for me, i’ll probably go for the chocolate flavor the next time i drop by there.

 As you may or may not know by now, Penny university do not really serve the typical all day breakfast where you can get it almost in any cafe. They had something simpler, not too fanciful, and it started all with toasts and croissants with scrambled eggs or something healthy like yoghurt with granola. And this Turkish Eggs ($8) caught my attention almost instantly. 2 poached eggs on lightly whipped yogurt, topped with homemade spicy Moroccan harissa sauce and oregano leaves, served with toasted bread. Very light and refreshing flavor, sourish yoghurt with the savory eggs. A very special and delightful combination i would say. You could add on smoked salmon or ham / turkey at some extra penny.
 
 We wanted to try their buttermilk waffle but it was sold out on that day, so we decided to go for their Brownie with ice cream ($5.50). Very chocolatey and nutty. It’s a little dry and crumbly too. Goes well with their generous scoop of vanilla ice cream nonetheless.
 
 Overall, a cafe still keeping their prices affordable and not compromising the quality of food all these while. It’s definitely commendable and worth a visit when you’re near the vicinity.
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10 Feb 2015 • 12 reviews • 0 follower

Needs improvement

i loved the deco of the place and the ambience of it all.
but seriously i got close to zero service and its not like it was great coffee like Timm Roberts, just average cafe coffee. Needs improvement on their coffee and service. Not coming back.

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25 Jan 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

DAT AVOCA-DOE

...cheesecake was awesomeeee. So is the mango mango soda thingamajiga. Affogato is nice if you are into expressos.
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16 Jan 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

Unpleasant visit

Coffee good. Cake was ok. No big deal for cafe pricing. Unpleasant visit though. Not returning.

Staff seem more interested in ogling with each other than serving customers.

With many other cafes in the vicinity, I'll have no problem getting my coffee fix with better service and attitude elsewhere. 


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16 Jan 2015 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Cafe ran by kids in their own bubble

Was around the area after a good lunch with a friend at Royal's so thought i'd drop by for some cakes as i've read up an online recommendation for Penny University for halal cafes in sg.

As my friend and I walked in, a chinese staff walked towards me n straight into the counter without any eye contact or greetings. I was quite taken aback by the cold and unfriendly demeanour. Upon realising that we're not getting served, we walked in, took a menu and found a seat which we're fine with.

We ordered a hot mocha and a waffle. The mocha came fast and was good. The waffles didn't come. After 20 mins of waiting and watching about 10 staffs walking to and fro in the almost empty cafe and grouping right outide the cafe facade, SMOKING, little did we realise that no one was preparing our waffle. We reminded one staff who not aware of our order. 

We observed, the staff went outside and approached one of the male staff whom we assumed was the cook/chef. About five minutes later he walked in to the kitchen. The same staff then came over and apologized to us and gave us the excuse that the waffle that was made was undercooked so the chef had to prepare a new one. BS???

So we got our waffle after more than half an hour of waiting. The waffle was good. However i shall not return to this cafe. i was just disgusted with the bunch of staff smoking in front of the cafe and am more disgusted by the zero service that was rendered here. 


If all local owned cafes were managed this way, no wonder many of them cease operations within 2 years.
Such a pity!

P.S I did not manange to take any pictures as i was quite agitated by the time my waffle came!
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