It was my hens weekend the week before last and naturally I had to kick it off with brunch.
My bestie picked me and my bags up and we headed for Penny University in Kingston. It’s been open since November and I had been before but loved it so much I wanted to return for a second bite and to get some photos. The restaurant is owned by Effie Kochinos and Ellie Raymond. You can read more about their vision in Her Canberra’s interview with the girls. They’re both very young and it’s really inspiring what they’ve done with the place.
The decor feels like you’re stepping into a Frankie magazine. It’s uber hipster, but that’s fine by me – I love hipster. I can describe it as a mix between vintage and industrial with metal pendant lights, a stripped back wall of “Canberra Reds” bricks, cute plants hanging from the walls and mismatched seating, all which give it a stylish and communal vibe.
The space is long and narrow with tables lining the walls and a long counter teeming with staff greeting customers and making coffee.
I particularly like their retro serving ware; the iced teas and juices come in jars and the water is served in antique looking milk bottles. Coffee is served in a range of bright coloured coffee cups & saucers.
Crates fixed to the wall display fresh produce.
And a wall of chalkboard boards boast their daily specials.
I love the long table in the front, perfect for groups or communal dining. This shared dining thing is very hip right now.
Every table is topped with a unique dressing, some bold and retro, others vintage and dainty. Here are some of my favourites.
There is ample seating outside included crates, perfect for diners popping in for a coffee and to read the paper.
The other end of the venue has a hidden little courtyard with a handful of seats and a coffee station for take aways. I can imagine this courtyard is well sought after on busy days. Here you’ll also find retro sinks and an open style kitchen which adds to the community feel.
I absolutely love the interior design of this venue, it’s the perfect eclectic mix of modern cool and has so many vintage highlights that finish it off nicely. I could have spent much longer exploring but I was abruptly called to alert by my grumbling tummy.
Being such a beautiful day, we snagged a table outside.
I attended mid morning on a work day and was surprised how busy it was. This didn’t phase the staff though, the service was very friendly and efficient. We put our coffee orders in while we perused the menu.
For lovers of strong coffee, you won’t be disappointed. Soy flat white for me – which was strong and smooth. And Delicious!
It was the juice of the day for my bestie. Which from memory was apple, raspberry and ginger.
The menu matches the decor, inventive dishes that feature unique flavour combinations. They serve breakfast and lunch daily and dinner from Thursday to Saturday. Although this review is only for breakfast, I can’t wait to return for dinner.
I particularly loved their milkshake menu, um salted caramel & hazelnut ($7)? Yes please!
My breakfast was to die for. The baked miso cured snapper ($22) which was served with charred corn, asparagus and a fried egg topped on a bun. All I can say is that (aside from the stale bread) it was BANG ON.
The snapper was sweet salty, the corn was sweet, juicy and perfectly charred & the fried egg was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. I devoured it like i’ve never eaten a meal in my life. My only fault is that the bread was truly stale.
The bestie ordered the green eggs & ham and it looked equally as good. I’m told the eggs were creamy and flavoursome and the ham was soft and salty.
Other stand outs from the menu include the traditional blueberry & ricotta hotcakes ($16) and the Cazuela ($16), which is a pot of harissa baked beans, dukkah, pistachios, labneh served on a bed of spinach baked beans topped with a soft poached egg.
Overall I am really impressed with Penny University and can’t wait to come back, for the bangin’ interior design as much as for their food.
Perfect for: Lovers of cool interior design, casual weekend brunch or fun weekend dinner.
Address: 15 Kennedy Street, Kingston ACT 2604
Open: 7am – 4pm, 7 days + dinner from 6pm Thursday – Saturday
Phone: (02) 6162 1500
Bookings: Not on weekends
Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
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Or The Elk & Pea in Braddon…
Don’t forget to hashtag #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this event, we love to see you exploring Canberra.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx