The east side of Singapore is well known for our local food heritage such as the famous Katong Laksa, or prawn mee noodles establishments at Joo Chiat and East Coast Road. Due to the growing trends in Singapore, brunch hang outs and hippy cafes are starting to pop up as fast as the dodgy KTV pubs along Joo Chiat change names.
One of them is Penny University. Located along the same road with the pretentious Mad Nest and overhyped Beach Road Prawn Mee Noodle, this artisanal cafe provides easterners with a reason to park their bikes in a very car unfriendly neighbourhood.
On the Saturday that I went, inside the tiny cafe, you needed to shout to converse with your friend seated just right beside you. Maybe I didn’t try the right food, or maybe it was just too crowded that day, but even the highly recommended, yet ultimately disappointingly bland, Iced Muddy Espresso will not entice me to go back again in a long while.
Recommendation: If it gets too crowded, head down to the equally car unfriendly nearby Garden Slug where you can have a proper conversation at the very least.
402 East Coast Road
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