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!