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Published October 6th 2014
Breakfast charms in the East End
We were walking past at 7am and could smell some coffee, so we thought we would drop in to one of Adelaide's newest pop-up cafe's in Union Street, just off Rundle Street. The breakfast menu looked very appealing so we elected to take some seats inside the small but friendly Penny University.
Penny University is named after the 18th-century coffee houses in London where people paid a penny to enter and enjoy coffee, company and the latest news or gossip. Adelaide's own Penny University opens each weekday at 7am with a breakfast menu available until 12 noon. From mid morning the lunchtime trade commences with various pastries, soups and salads available. Adelaide's morning newspaper was also available and was spread across the larger table while being read by constantly by new customers.
The coffee was promptly prepared and delivered by Foti, the proprietor in my preferred large sized cups. The coffee was warm, not burnt, and had a very smooth and more-ish flavour to it. By now the growing crowd near the coffee machine provided enough supporting evidence to the assertion that the coffee was good.
Breakfast arrived, with firstly the Gourmet Roll, with housemade chilli jam, a soft fried egg, rocket and bacon. The soft roll coupled with the crispy yet soft bacon was a delightful mix of flavours which were topped with the gentle heat from the chilli jam.
The toasted muesli with pecans and coconut, served with compote and yoghurt also arrived, and was graciously devoured. The raspberry compote was had a certain tang which when eaten with the coconut sweetened muesli left a pleasant taste in the mouth.
All in all, breakfast at the Penny University was a great, albeit opportunistic, start to the day with good customer service matched by quality food and coffee.