She is the one who dreamt of a cafe culture in Singapore and made that happen with cafehopping.sg. She walks the streets and go hyper-mode behind her keyboard to discover and share new cafes in Singapore. She adores cafes with intricate interior and would die for divine desserts, droolicious brunch and great coffee. Other than cafes, she loves cats, marketing and ultimate frisbee.
Hidden away from the centre of the Katong area, Penny University is indeed a worthy discovery. Even though this cafe is perpetually crowded on a weekend, I still love it for its indie ambience, very affordable prices, delicious drinks and laptop-friendly facilities! I can’t seem to find any flaws about this place, except that it is crowded, which isn’t a bad news for the cafe anyway. I highly recommend you this cafe!
LOOK & FEEL
Right from its door steps, it has already created a rustic feel with vintage furniture and simple bronze coloured door frame.
If not for the hot weather, I might just sit at this “alfresco” area and watch the afternoon go by!
I really liked how they pay attention to the details. The bike stands at its doors, as well as benches are functional, yet decorative.
As I was there for the entire afternoon to their closing time, I tried to avoid being a hogger by sitting at one corner of this communal table. In fact, I stayed so long only for the crowd to leave so I could get some nice shots of the cafe.
Its dark yellow lights gave a very relaxed ambience to the place and it makes a perfect place to catchup with friends or enjoy good food with your date.
FOOD & DRINKS
As usual, I ordered a Cafe Latte and though it is priced at average, I thought it came in a pretty small size. However, the taste made up for it. It was smooth and had a roasty after taste.
Later in the afternoon I ordered a Cheesie Toastie with Marmite and Poached Eggs. The toast met my expectations and the marmite spread was really nice. The salad was nice too. Overall, I wouldn’t say it is a must try, but this is is enough for you to get by tea time!
Lastly, an Iced Chocolate! This is one drink which I would rave about! I haven’t really found any place which sells real good Iced Chocolate before Penny University. The chocolate sauce was thick, yet not too gooey. After mixing with the milk, it formed a really nice rich chocolatey flavour. It taste fuller than chocolate milk, and carries the smoothness of a chocolate shake. Really delicious!
IN A NUTSHELL
Penny University is definitely one of my top picks for cafes! If you are looking for a place which gives you a hearty brunch without burning your pocket, I would say this is it! I would definitely revisit on a weekday if possible, to enjoy its ambience during its quiet hours!