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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 65 submissions
Brunch (12 votes), Breakfast (10 votes), Chillout (9 votes)
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Quite a cool place and value for money

I like the ambiance here. Gives you a very relaxing feel to make you enjoy your food. Nothing exceptional about the food; but it's not too bad either. The ambiance and good service makes it a memorable dining experience. Recommended!

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23 Mar 2015 • 349 reviews • 55 followers

Decent But Forgettable Cafe

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Full Penny University review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/03/penny-university.html


Since opening its doors in November 2012, Penny University has established itself as a hip, vibrant coffee joint in East Singapore. Founder Mustafah Kamal styled Penny University after the 18th century English coffeehouses of old, a place where good, affordable coffee was served, along with the latest news and gossip of the town. While other coffee joints have since sprouted in the area, Penny University has held its own all these years, and is still going strong.

Ambience at Penny University has a rustic, eclectic charm. Heavy wooden furniture lines the small floor space, while the decor is decidely retro industrial chic. Items from years past stacked upon shelves, dim designer light bulbs cast a warming glow. Seats are sturdy but hard. True to form, the place is vibrant and buzzing. I had the unfortunate experience of sitting at the bar, which is poorly designed, with little leg room, and rather cramped space, blocking the main passageway.

Service at Penny University is semi self-service, where ordering and payment is done over the counter. This causes queues to form at the cashier, which also blocks the main passageway in the cramped floor space. Orders are served to your table, but staff don't seem too friendly. They do however, try to accomodate requests, and are able to make recommendations on pastries and desserts.

Food at Penny University is a mix of Western and Middle Eastern influence. You're assured of getting pretty good pastries, cakes, desserts, and coffee at Penny University, as these are outsourced items, made by reputable brands. Food in the form of mains are another matter though, decent, not terrible, but not outstanding either, and ultimately, rather forgettable. Portions are nicely sized for 1, and prices are affordable, on the lower range for a cafe, budget about SGD $15 per person for a meal here. Overall, my experience here was semi-decent, but I doubt that I'll return

Loved their Spiked Muddy (SGD $6.50) which features their excellent muddy espresso with cold milk and gula melaka / palm sugar, served in a jar. You'll need to spin it around to mix it before drinking. The coffee is suitably strong and smooth, with a slight sweetness that isn't overpowering.


The Turkish Eggs (SGD $8.60) are 2 poached eggs served in a bowl, topped with lightly whipped greek yoghurt, home made spicy Moroccan harissa sauce, and oregano leaves. It's served alongside several pieces of toasted sourdough bread. I find this poor value for money, as the bread portion is too little, and of the 2 poached eggs, I got one that was perfect, while the other was semi-solid. Overall, a very light dish, decent enough, but I wish there was more bread to go with this.
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13 Mar 2015 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Redemption of Vouchers

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We bought 2 vouchers from deals.com.sg and went down Sunday Mar 1 but it was very crowded. We waited for 45min still without getting any food. So we decided to try again the next day - which was also the last day the vouchers were valid - March 2nd, 2015.

And because we knew it would get crowded, we made the effort to be there early in the morning. So 9am monday morning we arrive happily only to find that the cafe was closed for maintenance!!! We tried calling the contact number but to no avail.

I went home and sent 2 messages - one on facebook and another an email asking how should we go about using our vouchers since the cafe was closed on the last day of validity when it was meant to be open. And till now, I have received no replies.

So I'm reviewing here in hope of a reply please!!! I've also contacted deals.com.sg but they have yet to have gotten back to me as well. So this is really frustrating especially since I live in the west and made 2 trips specially to try this place.
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10 Mar 2015 • 90 reviews • 0 follower

Quite a cool place and value for money

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I like the ambiance here. Gives you a very relaxing feel to make you enjoy your food. Nothing exceptional about the food; but it's not too bad either. The ambiance and good service makes it a memorable dining experience. Recommended!
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09 Mar 2015 • 35 reviews • 0 follower

Worth every Penny indeed!

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Having visited Penny University for brunch, I decided to head back there to try their offerings for dinner! Alot of customers were getting cakes to go.
 And the end results, hardly any cakes left, compared to what I saw earlier in the day.
 Pretty much 50% of their menu were also sold out!
 
 1. Earl Grey Tea Cake $5
 I decided to quickly grab the last two slices of cake in the display and it was definitely worth my while. This was more like a pound cake that tasted like tea, with a hard sugary top coating. It was quite dense and great to share amongst two people.
 
 2. Tropical Earl Grey $6
 So moist and so good! Best cake ever!This is by far, my favourite cake. Do not like the layers of cream intimidate you, the cream isn't sweet, the cake is super moist and I even got two more slices to take home with me. Even with the cakes sitting in the fridge for 1-2 days, the cake remained moist! The tea flavour was present in every bite, and you can even smell it!
 
 3. Peppermint Iced Chocolate $5.50
 This literally tasted like an "After-Eight" chocolate in a liquid form, the peppermint flavour wasn't too overpowering and the chocolate was very real and not too heaty. My friend and I enjoyed this so much!
 
 4. Salmon Guacamole $9.50
 I feel that for $9.50, this was worth every penny! There was so much salmon, I couldn't find enough bread to eat it with the salmon! The salmon tasted great and the bread was very crispy and toasty. It stayed crispy even after 10-15 minutes.
 
 5. Affogato $7
 One dose of Affogato at noon wasn't enough, I needed a second dose! Ice cream, coffee and gula melaka! It's heavenly, I will definitely be ordering this every single time I step into Penny University! The smell of the caffeine, just wakes you up!
 Cakes and the Salmon Guacamole, a perfect dinner time treat, along with the Affogato, even though almost the entire kitchen was wiped out of food and we couldn't order anything else, I was still a very happy customer.
 
 Great Cakes, Great Service and Great Coffee = Happy Customers like Me :)
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01 Mar 2015 • 73 reviews • 0 follower

Great food at cheap price!

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http://poohlovesfood.wordpress.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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