By Cheang Kaiwen
Tucked away on the second floor of a reconstructed shophouse along Duxton Hill, a cosy little café welcomes its patrons with its well-lit and rustic furniture. With fast Wi-Fi, comfortable seats, and really warm service, Group Therapy Café has seen a range of customers – from white-collared adults to teenagers in sweat-soaked uniforms.
I visited Group Therapy Café on a Saturday for a friend’s birthday brunch. The service staff was not only very tolerant of all our chatter, but was also friendly enough to offer their help with taking pictures despite their busy serving duties.
The menu changes from time to time, but you can expect to find all-day breakfast staples. Food and drinks can get a little pricey, but I’d say there are a few items that give you a bang for your buck.
An all-day-breakfast menu item, the Poached Egg & Smoked Salmon on Thick Toast ($16+), was a favourite among quite a few patrons. While the smoked salmon wasn’t too big a serving, the hollandaise sauce was refreshing with a hint of lemon in it. The toast was indeed thick and fluffy, and went well with the salmon and the eggs. However, if you leave the dish waiting on the table for a little too long, the toast may turn a little soggy from the hollandaise sauce and the runny egg yolk. Overall, though, my friend commented that this dish would be a favourite with sashimi-lovers – I wouldn’t know for sure as sashimi ain’t my thing. But this semi-Eggs Benedict is definitely worth a try.
If you’re alright with a cool treat for brunch, the Chocolate-drizzled Waffle served with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and fresh fruits ($12+) will make for a filling and satisfying meal. The strawberries and blueberries served alongside the waffle prevent it from becoming too ‘jelat’. While the Belgian waffle isn’t as aromatic as it looks, this treat isn’t bad for a quick brunch, or to share with a few friends if you’re craving for some dessert after your main course.
My personal favourite was the Wild Mushroom Truffle Ravioli. Stuffed with wild mushrooms and some truffle, the ravioli was bathed in freshly made tomato basil sauce. Featuring a generous portion of pasta, this dish can be a little pricey ($20+), but I’d definitely order this dish again if I were to make another visit.
The coffee wasn’t too impressive, though I’d heard that most of their coffees were nice and thick. Also, service was a little slow, especially if you’re there on a weekend and it’s packed – not surprising considering how they prepare everything on the spot. While the café doesn’t accept reservations, do call them at 6222 2554 about half an hour before you arrive and they’ll set aside a table for your group if there’s one available.
If you have some cash to spare, and you’re into rustic furniture and good truffle ravioli, Group Therapy’s the place to go.