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Full Penny University review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2015/03/penny-university.htmlSince 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 U
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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.
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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.
Spiked Muddy
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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.
Turkish Eggs
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2015-03-22
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Spiked Muddy
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2015-03-09 99 views
Having visited Penny University for brunch, I decided to head back there to try their offerings for dinner!As crowded as this looks, it's actually alot more empty compared to brunch! Alot of customers were getting cakes to go.And this was 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 $5I decided to quickly grab the last two slices of cake in the display and it was definitely worth my while.
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Having visited Penny University for brunch, I decided to head back there to try their offerings for dinner!
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As crowded as this looks, it's actually alot more empty compared to brunch! Alot of customers were getting cakes to go.
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And this was the end results, hardly any cakes left, compared to what I saw earlier in the day.
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Pretty much 50% of their menu were also sold out!

1. Earl Grey Tea Cake $5
Earl Grey Tea Cake
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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
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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
Peppermint Iced Chocolate
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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
Salmon Guacamole
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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
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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!
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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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2015-03-03 46 views
There's been an increased number of halal cafes popping up and Penny University has been around for the past 2 years. It's so common to see cafes popping up, but no one really knows when they close down. But Penny University is a survivor and I decided to go learn why.It's not exactly close to any MRT station, so I took bus there and at 12pm, I was told to give my name and they said it would take at least 30 minutes for a table. I patiently waited and as other potential customers gave up waiting
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There's been an increased number of halal cafes popping up and Penny University has been around for the past 2 years. It's so common to see cafes popping up, but no one really knows when they close down. But Penny University is a survivor and I decided to go learn why.
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It's not exactly close to any MRT station, so I took bus there and at 12pm, I was told to give my name and they said it would take at least 30 minutes for a table. I patiently waited and as other potential customers gave up waiting, my waiting time was reduced to a mere 15 minutes.
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Their menu is printing in a old/washed out font and it makes it quite difficult to read, I struggled at first, but we still managed to order our food.
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I read on their facebook and instagram that they now serve Fluff Bakery cupcakes, the cupcakes which I queued for an hour for! But at 12pm, the cupcakes hadn't arrived and when I left at almost 1:30pm, the cupcakes still hadn't reached. The boss himself had no clue when the cupcakes would arrive, even though I called at 830am to ask if there would be cupcakes.
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Penny University is famed for their coffee, as such I decided to go with an affogato.

1. Affogato $7
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When the affogato was served to me, the waiter explained that the center cup was the coffee and on the left, it was gula melaka. I was like. WOAH!
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As you gently pour the coffee over the ice cream, it melts the ice cream into a silky, and creamy texture and with the gula melaka, the sweetness offsets the bitterness of the strong coffee. I felt awakened as I sipped the affogato. This is some strong stuff! I enjoyed it so much I will have to order it again soon!

2. The BLAT $9.50
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The minced beef patty was pink in the center and was very juicy and soft. We enjoyed the sourdough toast which was very crispy and thick. The texture of the cheese was also very hard and I enjoyed the fresh tomatoes which tasted sweet.
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3. English Breakfast $16 + $2.20 (smoked chicken)
I really enjoyed the poached eggs, and with sourdough toast. Definitely a more western style of soft boiled eggs with toast. Everything was pretty okay, but I did like the sausages, one was slightly spicy. The smoked chicken was slightly on the dry side, but it still tasted good.

Awesome cafes that sell baked goods, have baking classes so awesome coffee shops that sell coffee also have espresso workshops!
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So after my brunch at Penny University, I feel that the key reason why Penny University is still around after 2 years it that their prices are on the reasonable side, and also because it's a halal cafe. I just wished that they would take reservations. Food wise, they're okay, and though not fantastic, with their prices.. I think they can survive a lot longer.
Other Info. : NETT priced, no reservations allowed
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2015-03-01 79 views
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 fa
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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2015-01-14 73 views
Penny University is a term that originated from 18th century coffeehouses in London, England. Instead of paying for drinks, people were charged a penny to enter a coffeehouse. But here in Katong, you don’t have to pay a penny to enter the cafe lah. There is no cappuccinos or lattes here. You just have to pick from the 3, 5 and 7oz. cup sizes and simply state if you’d like milk in your coffee.The place was bustling with cafe-goers especially on weekends. They source their beans from local roaster
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Penny University is a term that originated from 18th century coffeehouses in London, England. Instead of paying for drinks, people were charged a penny to enter a coffeehouse. But here in Katong, you don’t have to pay a penny to enter the cafe lah. There is no cappuccinos or lattes here. You just have to pick from the 3, 5 and 7oz. cup sizes and simply state if you’d like milk in your coffee.

The place was bustling with cafe-goers especially on weekends. They source their beans from local roasters, serve specialist cakes and bread freshly baked daily in the area, support and collaborate with local bakers and aim to be a haven for people of the East Coast and beyond. I had a plate of Turkish Eggs ($8.60) for brunch. With lightly whipped yoghurt and topped with homemade spicy moroccan harissa sauce, it gives the eggs a spicy dimension. And there’s sourdough for dipping.

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http://www.misstamchiak.com/20-halal-cafes-in-singapore/
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I paid my visit to penny university at east area during Christmas Day 25/12/2013 around 1pm.. The place was packed and we waited half an hour to get our seat. You place your order at the counter then you get your table no.. The cafe is quite small and can only fit not more than 15 table.. The food and service was good.. However, the poached egg were overcooked on the day.. The must try is hot chocolate which the taste is just perfect in my opinion.. Not too sweet..
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I paid my visit to penny university at east area during Christmas Day 25/12/2013 around 1pm.. The place was packed and we waited half an hour to get our seat. You place your order at the counter then you get your table no.. The cafe is quite small and can only fit not more than 15 table.. 

The food and service was good.. However, the poached egg were overcooked on the day.. 

The must try is hot chocolate which the taste is just perfect in my opinion.. Not too sweet..
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2013-12-25
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  • Hot chocolate
  • Granola with fruits and Greek yogurt
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2013-12-23 36 views
for photos and also a review on Rabbit Carrot Gun, check out http://thelittlemomentsofmylife.blogspot.sg/2013/11/mini-cafe-hopping-in-east.html we came here for brunch! (: and i like how their menu was pretty affordable (: was deciding between this and rabbit carrot gun (which is the other place we went to), but this seemed like the menu was more interesting. and it's definitely much more affordable too!!!! the most interesting of the lot were the turkish eggs ($8) and we added smoked salmon whi
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we came here for brunch! (: and i like how their menu was pretty affordable (: was deciding between this and rabbit carrot gun (which is the other place we went to), but this seemed like the menu was more interesting. and it's definitely much more affordable too!!!!
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the most interesting of the lot were the turkish eggs ($8) and we added smoked salmon which was an additional $2. they totally didn't look like how i expected, because i thought it sounded similar to something from jones the grocer but looked nothing like it! anyway, this turned out to be a real surprise because i loved it! sam was...slightly less enthusiastic towards it but he thought it was not bad. personally, i really liked how the various flavours from the tangy-sourish yogurt and spicy Moroccan harissa sauce went together with the simple poached eggs and livened up the entire dish. i enjoyed dipping the sourdough toast into the yummy sauce to soak up the juices ^^

i waited an absurdly long time for my french toast ($8) to arrive, and the fact that we were in a rush didn't help at all. seems like the french toast takes an exceptionally long time to churn out? because another table had to wait really long for it as well. i don't understand why. anyway, these were not too bad! the toast wasn't very tasty on its own, but paired with the maple syrup, it was delicious of course ;) i think i still prefer savoury food!

my friend also ordered a shot of espresso ($3.50) which he declared to be not good at all because it was too acidic.

overall a very nice little cafe, with lots of delicious sweet treats on display as well! it didn't seem wise to order those though, because they were almost the same price as the brunch dishes we had ordered.

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2013-12-17 23 views
I arrived here on a weekday morning around 10am and the place is pretty packed already! I managed to find a seat and quickly ordered my breakfast. It's been so long since I last tasted marmite! I remember my mom always spreadng it on my bread during my childhood days. I knew I had to order that when I saw it on the menu, even better that it is served together with a slice of cheese and poached eggs on my sourdough toast! This combination is perfect! The previous time I ordered their signature
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I arrived here on a weekday morning around 10am and the place is pretty packed already! I managed to find a seat and quickly ordered my breakfast.
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It's been so long since I last tasted marmite! I remember my mom always spreadng it on my bread during my childhood days. I knew I had to order that when I saw it on the menu, even better that it is served together with a slice of cheese and poached eggs on my sourdough toast!
This combination is perfect!
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The previous time I ordered their signature Muddy Espresso, which I find it to be so-so only. This time, I had their hot espresso with milk, and I much prefer this! The latte art is nice too!
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2013-12-17
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Located along the shop houses of East Coast Road are quite a number of food outlets but what the stretch severely lacked: A good cosy coffee joint that people can hide out in with friends or their mountain of assignments. Penny University made all the dreams of east-side cafe hoppers come true and 2 things you might like to know - They've got free wifi and halal cupcakes!CoffeeUpon seeing the words ‘Monmouth’ on the chalkboard, instant flashbacks to London hit me like a freight train, in a good
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Located along the shop houses of East Coast Road are quite a number of food outlets but what the stretch severely lacked: A good cosy coffee joint that people can hide out in with friends or their mountain of assignments. Penny University made all the dreams of east-side cafe hoppers come true and 2 things you might like to know - They've got free wifi and halal cupcakes!

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Upon seeing the words ‘Monmouth’ on the chalkboard, instant flashbacks to London hit me like a freight train, in a good way. Borough Market. Monmouth Coffee. Queuing for Monmouth Coffee. Sipping on one of the best cuppas to date.
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That up there, was definitely a good cup of coffee. Comforting in the damp weather, frothy and smooth to slither down my throat.

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Their cupcake flavours vary from day to day. While I absolutely have no recollection of the actual name of the one I had up there, I do know one thing — their cupcakes are halal! In fact, I believe halal ingredients are utilized for baking in Penny University though I can’t be certain that it goes the same for everything else on the menu.
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Simply said, the Cupcake I tried was an amazing chocolate story. The kind that consumes you. A perfect chocolate frosting atop a base that had just the right level of fluffiness. But while I do admit their cupcakes are good, it did pain me a little to fork out $4.20 for such a small portion.

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Penny University is the Eastie's best kept secret. The only problem is that everyone and their grandma knows about it. I have been wanting to go there for the longest time, to see for myself if the online raves were justified. And I was surprised to see throngs of early-risers occupying the little cafe on a Saturday morning.I got a little cute mango cupcake ($4). Quite expensive for this size. Luckily it tasted good. In fact, it was one of the better cupcakes I've had. Sweet mango jam filled the
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Penny University is the Eastie's best kept secret. The only problem is that everyone and their grandma knows about it. I have been wanting to go there for the longest time, to see for myself if the online raves were justified. And I was surprised to see throngs of early-risers occupying the little cafe on a Saturday morning.

I got a little cute mango cupcake ($4). Quite expensive for this size. Luckily it tasted good. In fact, it was one of the better cupcakes I've had. Sweet mango jam filled the core of the fluffy and moist pastry. Vanilla cream atop the cupcake and decorated with stripes of mango jam. I like how it wasn't overly sweet and how light it was. A simple cupcake yet it was satisfying.
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I am no coffee expert but the iced mocha ($6.50) that I ordered tasted excellent in my opinion. The mocha was smooth and balanced. Talk about that perfect ratio between the bitterness of the coffee beans and the sweetness of the chocolate. Makes me wanna shout, "Penny University, you've got a very good barista!"
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I could see why the Marmite toast with poached eggs and cheese ($4.50) was a crowd pleaser. The toast was spread with marmite and cheese, making it very salty and savory. Looked at that poached egg! Doesn't it look heavily pregnant? Golden orange runny egg yolk flows out when the knife cuts through it. Only one word could describe when I soak the toasted bread in the egg yolk and the melted cheese - Blissful! The accompany refreshing greens gave a healthy side to the dish. Although the portion looks little, it was sufficient enough for my brunch.
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While I adore the rustic wooden theme - wooden chairs & tables, wooden cupboard, I wished the ambience was quieter. In fact, it was too noisy until I couldn't make out the music playing in the background. A planned morning of solitude was shortened by the incoming flux of customers queuing up which made me feel too guilty to linger around any longer.

However, I observed that the queue at 10 or 11am was much shorter. Hence try to come at those times else you might have to join the insane queue which was trying to get in at 12pm.

In conclusion, a lovely cafe that's worth every penny (pun intended) except it was too overcrowded.
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Situated along the stretch of East Coast Road, one can easily spot this small cafe nearby the famous Prawn Mee stall. This cafe has been much raved about as one of the few precious cafe gems in the East. Haha it was no wonder that the place was packed then.The decorations and lightings give off a rustic ambience. There were huge bookshelves at one side of the wall holding books and some merchandise like KeepCups for purchase. Seatings are quite limited. But there are some carrel-kind of table se
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Situated along the stretch of East Coast Road, one can easily spot this small cafe nearby the famous Prawn Mee stall. This cafe has been much raved about as one of the few precious cafe gems in the East. Haha it was no wonder that the place was packed then.

The decorations and lightings give off a rustic ambience. There were huge bookshelves at one side of the wall holding books and some merchandise like KeepCups for purchase. Seatings are quite limited. But there are some carrel-kind of table seatings which would be ideal for chatting and gossiping with more privacy hehe

Ordered my favorite Egg Benedict with smoked salmon ($12). There is a choice of turkey ham instead too. The hollandaise sauce on top was too generous that it felt a bit gelat. But what really bothered me was my poached eggs were a bit too well done. It was not as runny as it should, the egg yolks were a bit too solid. I would love if the brioche were to be toasted.
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Had affogato for dessert. It is heavenly to combine espresso with vanilla ice cream. But, for someone like me who is particular about eating only real good ice cream so that the calories are worth it haha, it was disappointing as the ice cream were like the standard of Walls ice cream.
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Nevertheless coffee was great! Good coffee never fails to make me happy even if the food were just satisfactory hehe
Ordered the Mud Espresso with cold milk ($5.50) and it was GOOD! Kinda cool that it was served in a glass container thingy instead of a normal glass.
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There is quite a variety of food choices. There is no GST or service charge! I would definitely return to this place, preferable on a weekday so that I can sit there longer to chill


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2013-10-14 30 views
Met up with two of my east side buddies to check out this cafe at Marina Parade area and also to catch up with one another! The cafe is quite small and was full house when we arrive. However, lucky us got the cushion seats at a corner after one family left 5 minutes later ;) As usual eggs benedict is always seen during brunch dates! I love looking and tasting runny poached eggs. The smoked salmon was salty on its own but otherwise both food items were decent! I ordered the muddy espresso with c
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Met up with two of my east side buddies to check out this cafe at Marina Parade area and also to catch up with one another!
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The cafe is quite small and was full house when we arrive. However, lucky us got the cushion seats at a corner after one family left 5 minutes later ;)
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As usual eggs benedict is always seen during brunch dates! I love looking and tasting runny poached eggs. The smoked salmon was salty on its own but otherwise both food items were decent! I ordered the muddy espresso with cold milk, which can be said as the most popular drink as I see it on almost every table. It is their signature drink and they describe it as a reverse latte where cold milk is added before the espresso shot. It really did tasted like latte. I can tell that much effort was being put into the decor of the cafe and I love the whole atmosphere, very cosy and warm and has an indie vibe to it
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We later ordered a Banofee pie to share, which was so delicious it was gone within minutes digging into it
Absolutely love the combination of banana, cream and toffee! I am happy to have this awesome cafe in the East! Will be coming back for more!
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IMO, this cafe is kinda overrated.Sure it's cheap(er than others), but I don't feel like it was worth my visit.That said, I didn't order any lattes from there la, so....perhaps their lattes would make it worthwhile?Ordered the Marmite toast with poached egg.Oh my, it was soooo salty, I left a mouth of the bread on the plate :XI love Marmite when I was young, I love it in my porridge and on my toast.But this was soo salty, I just couldn't stomach it...furthermore, the toast was pretty small.Bf ha
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IMO, this cafe is kinda overrated.
Sure it's cheap(er than others), but I don't feel like it was worth my visit.
That said, I didn't order any lattes from there la, so....perhaps their lattes would make it worthwhile?
Ordered the Marmite toast with poached egg.
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Oh my, it was soooo salty, I left a mouth of the bread on the plate :X
I love Marmite when I was young, I love it in my porridge and on my toast.
But this was soo salty, I just couldn't stomach it...furthermore, the toast was pretty small.
Bf had a bite of it and cringed - Marmite isn't his thing (he's like a frog in a well, he has never ate Marmite before. Huh?!)
Poached egg was normal, and the salad, kinda meh since there wasn't much dressing.
IMO, this plate costs me $4.50 simply because the portion is really small.
But I shan't complain further since it's comparatively cheaper compared to what other cafes price!

Ordered a slice of coffee choc cake at $4.50
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It was a really thin slice, don't expect it to be a generous portion.
Felt that the cake had quite some different tastes to it: the top coat was chocolatey, hence it was sweet; the centre and the bottom of the cake was rather salty.

Another downside was the lack of 3g and Singtel connection.
Felt as if like I was in Malaysia; no idea why the connection was that bad.
Luckily there was free wifi for me to tap on for instagram.
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For full review and more photos, visit shirlynnyang.blogspot.comPenny University is not a new university in Singapore. It is a cafe located in the east side of Singapore. So why is it called Penny University? "Penny University is a term that originated from 18th century coffeehouses in London, England.For the price of a penny, one had access to coffee, the company of people from all levels of society, discussions, bulletins, newspapers and the latest gossip.Penny University is an artisanal cafe
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For full review and more photos, visit shirlynnyang.blogspot.com

Penny University is not a new university in Singapore. It is a cafe located in the east side of Singapore. So why is it called Penny University?

"Penny University is a term that originated from 18th century coffeehouses in London, England.
For the price of a penny, one had access to coffee, the company of people from all levels of society, discussions, bulletins, newspapers and the latest gossip.
Penny University is an artisanal cafe born out of a love of coffee discovered in London. We source our beans from local roasters, serve specialist cakes and bread freshly baked daily in the area, support and collaborate with local bakers and aim to be a haven for people of the East Coast and beyond. We serve all-day breakfast, a rotating selection of fresh pastries and cakes, and great coffee using our favourite local blends."

Penny University uses earthy colours for its decor, consisting of mainly brown and grey. I thought that makes the place very inviting. However, when I was there at 2 plus on a Sunday, the whole cafe was packed, as if the whole of Singapore was there. I had to wait for 15 min before I could get a seat at the communal table.

Like I've mentioned in my post about Windowsill Pies, they cater their pies to lots of cafe and one of them is Penny University! I tried the Strawberry Lemon Tart which was excellent. I like my lemon tarts to be sour and this totally hit the spot.

Coffee can't go wrong here as beans are sourced from Nylon so go ahead and have your caffeine fix ;)

The cafe became really empty after 530pm and it was really relaxing to just sit there and read a book. Such bliss..

Penny University is one of the few artisanal cafes in the east and I can see that it's a great hit amongst the easties. Go check it out if you are living nearby!
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For detailed review, please visit http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2013/02/penny-university.htmlWonderful place to sit back, enjoy their coffee, and reading some materials. I had wanted to try their mains but arrived too late, and have to settle down with their tea and cakes. Ordered Smores which is like chocolate cake with marshmallows. Didn't quite like their marshmallow, but their chocolate taste is sweet and mouth-watering!Also had the Houjicha Karingue tea. Originated from Japan, and its sweet
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For detailed review, please visit http://foodesteem.blogspot.sg/2013/02/penny-university.html

Wonderful place to sit back, enjoy their coffee, and reading some materials. I had wanted to try their mains but arrived too late, and have to settle down with their tea and cakes.

Ordered Smores which is like chocolate cake with marshmallows. Didn't quite like their marshmallow, but their chocolate taste is sweet and mouth-watering!

Also had the Houjicha Karingue tea. Originated from Japan, and its sweet, totally complementing with my chocolate cake.

Its quiet ambience is definitely a place to relax, and kill off some free time. Crews are friendly, and their concept is pretty interesting. Hope to visit them soon to try their mains!
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