Muslim-owned artisanal coffee house with an intimate, cozy space offering a menu of all-day brunch, breakfast, hearty sandwiches and a selection of western fare, featuring a rotating selection of desserts from local bakers, and bread freshly-baked daily in the area.
To start, grab one of the snug booth seats and order Penny University’s signature Muddy Espresso with Cold Milk ($5.50) or the Spiked Muddy ($6.50) laced with gula Melaka, followed by crowd-favourites such as the unique Turkish Eggs ($8.60) of two poached eggs in whipped yogurt topped with homemade harissa & oregano, Double Poached Eggs on Toast ($7) with marmite cheese, as well as hearty sandwiches in Mango Chicken Thigh ($9.50) and Steak & Cheese ($14). From the lunch/dinner selections, consider Penny’s Mac & Cheese ($14.80) or Beef Burger ($16.90) in addition to a couple of light bites like Truffle Fries ($8).
Behind the name: The first coffeehouses that originated in London, England in the 17th century were called Penny Universities. People would pay a penny to enter and once inside had access to coffee, the company of people from all social and economic classes, newspapers, bulletins and the latest news and gossip. It created a unique environment for the sharing of ideas and conversation whereby one would step out of the cafe feeling more intelligent and enlightened for the price of a cup of coffee.