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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 54 submissions
Breakfast (9 votes), Brunch (9 votes), Chillout (9 votes)
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Affordable brunch!

Penny University is definitely not a new name in this industry, yet they were the 223rd cafe/restaurant I’ve visited. I find it difficult to access the cafes at East Coast due to the absence of a particular MRT station
 
 The place was bustling with cafe-goers like us, and even though we reached at 3.30, which was not exactly lunch time, we still could not get a seat for ourselves. They were having a bake sale on that day till 3pm though, so that could have contributed to the crowd.
 
 There are ample of seats, in fact. So can you imagine how brisk their business is, since I heard that they are always packed on weekends? We managed to get ourselves a relatively large square table before we decided to place our orders, and the crowd was also beginning to subside when the time was approaching 4 in the afternoon.
 
 In my opinion, i thought the prices of the food and drinks at Penny University were pretty affordable as compared to many cafes out there, even though they have recently raised their prices for most of the food items. On my blog features the most updated menu and prices for the food.
 
 We got the weekend special, Moroccan Baked Eggs ($16+), while I was contemplating really hard between the Blat open-faced sandwich($9.50+), or their ever popular Eggs Benedict ($15+), which by the way saw a $3 increase in the menu. I eventually went for the former, because I decided that I needed my meat after all that cycling. I also requested to share a dish of Turkish Eggs ($8.50+), as our appetizer because it looked so… EXOTIC.
 
 Overall, the visit to Penny University was quite satisfactory! I had fun trying the egg items from the different cuisines! I would have loved to try their much raved Eggs Benedict though, and the truffle mushroom sandwich, only if the sourdough toast was crispier and fresher. The food on the menu is definitely affordable and they provide a wide range of choices too!
 
 For the full review with pictures, visit https://fatassbean.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/review-penny-university/

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Eggs Benedict7 votes
  • espresso5 votes
  • Marmite Cheese toast4 votes
  • muddy espresso with cold milk4 votes
  • turkish eggs4 votes
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14 Dec 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Over-priced mediocrity with indifferent staff

Dropped by for breakfast one morning whilst on the way to Parkway Parade.

 Wow, this place is noisy. Not that it was busy with patrons, because it was only about half-full. No, it's the less-is-more approach in decoration used that causes the high noise level. Either way, one thing's for sure, forget about a nice chat over breakfast.

Would be nice to be greeted with a welcoming look as you walk in, or a smile or a nod, some kind of acknowledgement. Alas, no such thing. Same when we left by the way: no one bothers to acknowledge you. Disappointing, taking into accoun the modest size of the establishment.

You have to order and pay up-front. Not sure why that is, but it lends the place somewhat of a hawker ambiance. That said, it's mostly a young clientele here, so if they're ok with it....

I'd ordered scrambled eggs on toast, which came with a single slice of bread, which was rather bland. The eggs tasted quite ordinary. My friend ordered the salmon/guacamole, which was good.

I had a cup of English Breakfast Tea and my friend had a fresh OJ. The tea was tepid, so I asked a member of staff to replace it. He gave me a refill, but it was just as tepid. The OJ was nice, included pulp and tasted fresh.

In a nutshell, in view of the indifferent staff, the noise, my - at best - ordinary meal experience, I won't be going there again. I mean, $5,- for a cup of tea?!?! Total bill was over $26,- way too high, given the very bare-bones service that you get.
05 Dec 2014 • 23 reviews • 0 follower

Affordable brunch!

Penny University is definitely not a new name in this industry, yet they were the 223rd cafe/restaurant I’ve visited. I find it difficult to access the cafes at East Coast due to the absence of a particular MRT station
 
 The place was bustling with cafe-goers like us, and even though we reached at 3.30, which was not exactly lunch time, we still could not get a seat for ourselves. They were having a bake sale on that day till 3pm though, so that could have contributed to the crowd.
 
 There are ample of seats, in fact. So can you imagine how brisk their business is, since I heard that they are always packed on weekends? We managed to get ourselves a relatively large square table before we decided to place our orders, and the crowd was also beginning to subside when the time was approaching 4 in the afternoon.
 
 In my opinion, i thought the prices of the food and drinks at Penny University were pretty affordable as compared to many cafes out there, even though they have recently raised their prices for most of the food items. On my blog features the most updated menu and prices for the food.
 
 We got the weekend special, Moroccan Baked Eggs ($16+), while I was contemplating really hard between the Blat open-faced sandwich($9.50+), or their ever popular Eggs Benedict ($15+), which by the way saw a $3 increase in the menu. I eventually went for the former, because I decided that I needed my meat after all that cycling. I also requested to share a dish of Turkish Eggs ($8.50+), as our appetizer because it looked so… EXOTIC.
 
 Overall, the visit to Penny University was quite satisfactory! I had fun trying the egg items from the different cuisines! I would have loved to try their much raved Eggs Benedict though, and the truffle mushroom sandwich, only if the sourdough toast was crispier and fresher. The food on the menu is definitely affordable and they provide a wide range of choices too!
 
 For the full review with pictures, visit https://fatassbean.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/review-penny-university/
27 Nov 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

It only looks crowded because it's small

I get what they're trying to achieve here, although it's not a place for conversation. Noise bounces off the hard walls and every hipster there is trying to out-hipster each other. 

The coffee I had was too bitter and burnt for my liking. I like the cakes, but they're not made there. They're smart enough to outsource the baking.

Don't even get me started on the service. I think only one person (probably the boss?) bothered to smile and welcome me and my companion. Everyone else was surly.

There are places nearby with more seating, decent food & coffee, and better service. I guess it's still 'new' in the area, and I might give it another chance once the fanfare has died down. I really wanted to like this place. 


12 Nov 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

One of the best in Singapore and the best in the East

This place is one of those places that gets it right in all areas that matter for a true serious coffeehouse - namely coffee, ambiance and friendly cool staff. I just moved to the East recently and have been visiting Penny University ever since.

Their coffee is simply divine and probably the best in Singapore (before I was a regular at Nylon which is highly recommended too). They have a house blend and a rotating overseas roaster blend and also single origins. Seasonally they also do special brews on V60 and Aeropress and iced brews. Their baristas are very knowledgable about their beans. The milk is textured to perfection. They also make their own cakes/pastries and have some unique food offerings too (eg Turkish eggs, Moroccan baked eggs, citrus chicken salad). In fact they have a spin-off bakery called Fluff Bakery which has a cult following now.

I am also highly impressed at how they work very closely with their roaster and suppliers, so they know exactly what goes into their products and product knowledge is excellent. That's not something most cafes can claim!

Penny University started the specialty coffee movement in the East two years ago and recently many new cafes have sprung up around the area. But Penny still come up tops in terms of coffee and staff. They don't need the fancy and swanky decor that some of these new cafes/roasters may have because they simply let their quality and vibe speak for itself.

Whenever I come to Penny, it is always buzzing and staff always friendly and the coffee smell is heavenly. There is just something about the place that the others around the area is lacking..... soul. Penny really reminds me of my regular cafes in London.

Highly recommended, folks! A gem in the East!
07 Sep 2014 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Good coffee, a business run by people who care

This is the place to go to for your coffee and desserts in the East. While the place is getting slightly run down from wear & tear, the coffee is consistently good. Desserts, cakes, and ice cream are always well presented and thought out. Most importantly, I am a big believer in businesses run by people who actually care. It's obvious that the people who work there are close knit. Kudos to the management team.