Group Therapy @ 49 Duxton Road

"A Space Away from the Daily Grind."

“A space away from the daily grind.”

Group Therapy is yet another cafe in the Tanjong Pagar/Duxton Hill area. The cafe is situated on the second level of a reconstructed shophouse, right above Etna Italian Restaurant. This is one reason why many people tend not to notice the cafe unless you have a keen eye or you are specifically looking for it. (Me included). The cafe is one of the more relaxing & cosy places amidst the numerous other food places in the area. Group Therapy offers your usual All-Day Breakfast & Brunch dishes which makes it another great cafe for weekend brunches.

Look closely & you can spot Group Therapy's side signage outside the second level of the shophouse.

Look closely & you can spot Group Therapy’s side signage outside the second level of the shophouse.

Stairs leading up to the cafe. "Fresh Hot Coffee".

Stairs leading up to the cafe.
“Fresh Hot Coffee”.

Inside the cafe.

Inside the cafe.

Additional seating.

Additional seating.

Aesthetic
To get to Group Therapy, you would need to walk up a flight of stairs before arriving at a closed door. It may seem somewhat confusing at first, but once you open the door, you will realize that the cafe lies behind it.

Group Therapy’s space is split into two parts, the kitchen & bar counter in the first & an additional seating area in the second. The whole place has a very homely feeling, with various shelves filled with knick knacks & potted plants. It’s something similar to the sets of cooking shows. (Eg. Martha Stewart, Jamie Oliver) The additional seating area feels more like an art gallery, with the artwork on the wall changing on a regular basis. The whole place has a mixture of vintage intertwined with modern elements but still kept simplistic. The space was deliberately secluded so that customers could seek respite from the hustle & bustle of the commercial district & scorching heat.

The counter area with wooden block letters of the cafe's name.

The counter area with wooden block letters of the cafe’s name.

Menu of Group Therapy. Weekend Edition.

Menu of Group Therapy. Weekend Edition.

Food
Group Therapy offers your usual breakfast & brunch items. Ranging from their version of Eggs Benedict, Croque Madame to waffles & pancakes. They also offer sandwiches, burgers & mains if you’re not interested in having breakfast/brunch food. The food here is quite good, I thought they still retained a certain special quality to them even though Group Therapy among the horde of cafes in that area. Their waffles were also part of the whole “Waffles Craze 2014” a while back and I’ve finally managed to try them myself. You should also note that their coffee seems to have positive reviews, with their beans being a tailored blend of 100% Arabica beans, which are freshly ground on premise for each cup.

Pricing-wise, it’s all pretty standard for cafes. I find that it’s pretty mid-average, with their mains being more pricey. If you stick to some of the brunch items, your wallet should be fine. Unfortunately, though they do not charge service fees, they do charge GST.

Matcha Latte ($6.50) I've been ordering my fair share of Matcha Lattes lately as I quite like the taste of it. Group's version was a tad too overly sweet. The latte art was also neither here nor there, but it does seem like they at least tried. So points for that.

Matcha Latte ($6.50)
I’ve been ordering my fair share of Matcha Lattes lately as I quite like the taste of it.
Group’s version was a tad too overly sweet. The latte art was also neither here nor there, but it does seem like they at least tried. So points for that.

Mango Citrus Tea ($6) Honey Lemon Tea ($6) As usual, scorching hot day calls for a cold drink. The drinks were good, I liked the taste of the Mango combination with Citrus. My friend liked his Lemon tea as well. I do find it quite pricey for quantity. (And I'm also being nitpicky, but the plastic cups they came in made it feel cheap. Like something you'll find in a coffeeshop.)

Mango Citrus Tea ($6)
Honey Lemon Tea ($6)
As usual, scorching hot day calls for a cold drink.
The drinks were good, I liked the taste of the Mango combination with Citrus. My friend liked his Lemon tea as well. I do find it quite pricey for quantity. (And I’m also being nitpicky, but the plastic cups they came in made it feel cheap. Like something you’ll find in a coffeeshop.)

Poached Eggs ($15) Thick Toast, Smoked Salmon, Gruyere, Hollandaise Probably one of Group Therapy's most popular dishes. I've seen this constantly on Instagram.  Basically an Eggs Benedict, Group's version was superb. Looks extremely simple,  but tasted simply divine. This is definitely one Eggs Benny to try. Really delicious, recommended.

Poached Eggs ($15)
Thick Toast, Smoked Salmon, Gruyere, Hollandaise
Probably one of Group Therapy’s most popular dishes. I’ve seen this constantly on Instagram.
Basically an Eggs Benedict, Group’s version was superb. Looks extremely simple, but tasted simply divine. This is definitely one Eggs Benny to try. Really delicious, recommended.

Truffled Ravioli ($18) Porcini & Truffle Filling, Tomato Herb Sauce, Parmesan Cheese, Truffle Oil Truffle! Who could resist?! This was pretty good as well. My friend found it addictive. I kinda thought the tomato sauce was slightly too wet, but overall it tasted pretty great. Perhaps by offering a cream sauce version, this could be taken to the next level? (Then again, it's just because I'm a fan of cream based pastas.)

Truffled Ravioli ($18)
Porcini & Truffle Filling, Tomato Herb Sauce, Parmesan Cheese, Truffle Oil
Truffle! Who could resist?! This was pretty good as well. My friend found it addictive. I kinda thought the tomato sauce was slightly too wet, but overall it tasted pretty great. Perhaps by offering a cream sauce version, this could be taken to the next level? (Then again, it’s just because I’m a fan of cream based pastas.)

Pancake Stack ($15) Fresh Bananas, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, Honeycomb Sprinkle Another impressive looking dish. Pancakes tasted great with the fresh fruits & syrup. One of the better pancake stacks I've had. Loved the addition of homemade honeycomb, though it would have been great if there was more of it rather than a "sprinkle".

Pancake Stack ($15)
Fresh Bananas, Strawberries, Maple Syrup, Honeycomb Sprinkle
Another impressive looking dish. Pancakes tasted great with the fresh fruits & syrup. One of the better pancake stacks I’ve had. Loved the addition of homemade honeycomb, though it would have been great if there was more of it rather than a “sprinkle”.

Classic Cheesecake ($5.50) Cream Cheese, White Chocolate, Graham Cracker Crust I originally wanted to try their Keylime Crumb Cake, but sadly, it was unavailable that day. Decided to go with the cheesecake instead. The words "White Chocolate" will always entice me to no end. This was really good, really smooth, sweetness was just right. Pretty much perfect.

Classic Cheesecake ($5.50)
Cream Cheese, White Chocolate, Graham Cracker Crust
I originally wanted to try their Keylime Crumb Cake, but sadly, it was unavailable that day. Decided to go with the cheesecake instead. The words “White Chocolate” will always entice me to no end.
This was really good, really smooth, sweetness was just right. Pretty much perfect.

Ice-cream Waffle ($12) Added $3 for Seasalt Caramel Almond Ice-cream Fresh Fruits, Almonds, Maple Syrup By this point, my friend & I were extremely full and couldn't eat another bite. (Do bear in mind that we came here RIGHT after we visited D.O.C.) Of course, I could not bear to leave without trying their famed waffles & so I decided to order it. The Seasalt Caramel Almond ice-cream was knawing at me, so I added $3 for it. The ice-cream was "da bomb", even my friend who was full gave it a try & his eyes opened wide with glee. Waffles were also good, cooked perfectly through & through. Everyone I saw visiting Group Therapy that day were ordering waffles, so you know it's definitely good. (Yeah, I ended up packing 3/4 of it to takeaway, but still enjoyed it at home nonetheless!) #WoesofaFoodBlogger

Ice-cream Waffle ($12)
Added $3 for Seasalt Caramel Almond Ice-cream
Fresh Fruits, Almonds, Maple Syrup
By this point, my friend & I were extremely full and couldn’t eat another bite. (Do bear in mind that we came here RIGHT after we visited D.O.C.)
Of course, I could not bear to leave without trying their famed waffles & so I decided to order it. The Seasalt Caramel Almond ice-cream was knawing at me, so I added $3 for it. The ice-cream was definitely “da bomb”, even my friend who was full, gave it a try & his eyes opened wide with glee.
Waffles were also good, cooked perfectly through & through. Everyone I saw visiting Group Therapy that day were ordering waffles, so you know it’s gotta be good.
(Yeah, I ended up packing 3/4 of it to take home, but still enjoyed it after nonetheless!) #WoesofaFoodBlogger

Nice little metal tin for your cutlery that also serves as your order number.

Nice little metal tin for your cutlery that also serves as your order number.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Group Therapy is definitely another cafe worth visiting. It’s also getting as popular as nearby cafe, Department of Caffeine. Having visited Group right after D.O.C., I found that I kinda preferred Group’s environment & food. It’s much more relaxing at Group Therapy and their food seems more homely & non-generic. The cafe is definitely nice & quiet, a great place to shun the outside world for a short time & just enjoy a cup of coffee or waffles.

Food
8.5/10
Aesthetic
7.5/10
Price
6.5/10
Service
7.5/10

GROUP THERAPY

49 Duxton Road, Singapore 089513
(Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar)
Contact: 6222 2554
Opening Hours:
Tue – Thu: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
http://www.gtcoffee.com/
https://www.facebook.com/grouptherapycoffee

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