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Penny University Artisanal Cafe @ East Coast Road May 28, 2013

Posted by gurkhason in cafe, singapore.
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What a name! Penny University for a cafe. A penny is a one cent coin used in several English-speaking countries.  The irony is that in this Penny University, a penny will surely not buy you anything.  But I am happy to find an artisanal cafe in the east side.

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The cafe has a respectable stream of crowd coming into the cafe.  During my visit, the cafe is constantly filled with patrons.  I would prefer the cafe to be more intimate, sometimes too much people just makes me feel the whole place become so commercial.  But I guess these cafes are alright so long as they have their own individual character.  I hope this continue to blossom in Singapore so that we have a richer coffee drinking culture.

???????????????????????????????Cherry Pie

They have quite a good collection of pies and pastries which are freshly baked daily in the area.  My friend and I shared a cherry pie.  Prices of the pastries and pies are unlisted.  When you pay for your food and coffee they don’t give you a receipt, so you don’t really know how much are they so it is pretty not so transparent.  Something which I certainly think they should work on.  I personally think even if I think the food taste good, I would like to know how much it cost.  What do you think?

Anyway, the cherry pie was pretty awesome.  It is sweet and sour at the same time, and bursting with cherry flavour.  The cookie crust is soft and crumbly with coarse sugar on top.   I am usually not a fan of cherry pie, but not only does it look lovely in its all red glory, it is certainly tasty.

???????????????????????????????Chocolate Caramel Pudding

Fell in love with this chocolate caramel pudding immediately!  The chocolate doesn’t taste too chocolatey and the pudding has just the right sweetness.  Most important is what comes next – the taste of the smooth and rich caramel taste.  This dessert is really to die for.  I would order this repeatedly if it is available in their dessert shelf.

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Coffee menu is easy and doesn’t need you to decipher.  Either you have espresso, or you have espresso with milk.  Hot or cold.  Full stop.  A bigger cup of coffee will be 7 oz ($5.50).  Smaller cup is 3 oz ($4).  I ordered the 5 oz cup ($4.50).  The way the menu is designed is the latest trend in artisanal cafe scene.  So who started first in Singapore?

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The coffee-house serve two blends of beans.  When I was there, they had “X” which is a sweet, blackcurrant syrupy body.  The other is “Elprimero” which has tropical fruits, bright taste.  I am not so much a connoisseur of coffee but making a good coffee is just about a science as much as an art.  The coffee art shown above, is probably the easiest and most boring coffee art after.  *yawnz*.  My favourite coffee art is here.

In conclusion, quite a hip place to come.  Air-con is cool enough and most importantly, for those who drive parking seems to be very available which is just at the corner of the block.  The turnover is quite fast so just gotta wait a while.  I think I might just come here for a quick coffee if I am in the area.  Oh, not forgetting the Chocolate Caramel Pudding too.

Penny University | Artisanal Coffee House
402 East Coast Road
Singapore 428997
Tel: 9008 9314
Opening Hours:
Tues-Thurs: 8.30am – 6.00pm
Friday: 8.30am – 9.30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8.30am – 10.30pm
Closed on Monday

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An old retro cashier machine but what’s truly behind is a touch screen pad.  Look at how happy the cashier is.  Must be raking good money for the day.

???????????????????????????????Check out the crowd

The whole cafe can sit about 50-60 people.  Most people spend about 1 hour in the cafe.  Quite a nice place to chill.

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If you look closely enough, the brand of the radio is Phillips.

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Weighing machine seems to be dug out from a dungeon somewhere

???????????????????????????????Tin Cans

Need me to tell you more about my love for tin boxes?  Check out my post here.

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1. Sunnyace - May 29, 2013

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2. Penny L Howe - May 29, 2013

Well, obviously I need to go there. Great post ~ Penny 🙂

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