On and off Penny Restaurant has evolved over the decades. Change of management twice since 1986 (EXPO era). Now it is owned by a middle aged lady whom works at odd hours and happens to be a runner (Sun Run and Half Marathons). The location is same since day one but the extra parkings next door (tire shop) after 6PM no longer available. The restaurant has a new paint job about four years ago, still tacky Chinese New Year and Christmas decorations have not been removed. Bathroom door for mens is wide open for ventilation but at times floor can be wet and dirty. Large cluster of ice cubes and moth balls just don't mix well in urinals.
Not sure if you are looking for authentic Chinese food or Canadianised dishes. If you can read Chinese characters then order something most Chinese would like. Pan Fried Rice Noodle with Beef, Bitter Melon, or something like that. The House Specials are acceptable. Reasonable priced at $5.49 and up and it comes with small bowl of Chinese soup. The Won Ton and Sui Gaus (dumlings) are kind of OK but the soup stock is not real Won Ton Soup that I used to. The real one requires lots of prawn or shrimp shells, burned dried fish (sole) and dried shrimp eggs (expensive) and concoctioned for hours. So far I have not found one Won Ton soup shop that prepares the soup the way it should be back in the 60s.
The mini combo of congee + choice of fish balls, fried tofu, spring rolls etc for $5.95 is acceptable. However do ask them to cook the congee a bit longer if you order the liver, kidneys etc. They tend to under-cooked and it is often bloody in the bowl when served. This is unfortunately the traditional way to prepare congee but only if and when the ingredients are fresh and not frozen stuff.
Package dinner menus (10 courses etc) are reasonable. However, banquet style package dinners is not their specialty. They do ask you to request substitutions if needed. Don't laugh at their English spellings, so many mistakes and hilarious!
They don't use the fresh Rice Noodle (Haul Fun) from Hon's any more. They use the dried stuff which has to be soaked in water to soften it and has a different texture and pale grey in colour. I don't like it any more. Hence I stick with rice, noodle dishes. Crispy noodle is better than the soft one. Just a matter of taste personally.
I come here simply because they close late and I am a night owl. Think they close at 2AM on weekdays and 3PM on weekends. However if business is slow I know they close a bit early!