Group Therapy is really an old player in Singapore's café scene. Not-so-conveniently located in Duxton, among all the other amazing eateries, it's been on everyone's "Hipster Café" list for the longest time - including mine. And so when I finally got the car for a day, Group Therapy was the first place I wanted to visit.
Do note that I visited nearly a year ago; prices and menu may differ slightly now.
Mint Iced Chocolate ($7.50++)
Not a fan of mint so I didn't take a sip, but my friend commented that it was mediocre. That most accurately describes the drinks on their menu. Group Therapy's been receiving rave reviews on it's coffee, and unfortunately that set the bar for disappointment. It was decent, and nothing more. For great coffee I'd much rather head to Common Man Coffee Roasters, or Ronin.
Salmon Avocado Multigrain ($12++) - a thin spread of cream cheese, smoked salmon, avocado, arugula, served with side salad and potato crisps
This is what a great sandwich looks like. Well-toasted bread, generous fillings, all layered and stacked high. It tastes as great as it looks, and for $12 this is quite the steal.
Grilled Ham & Cheese Panini ($16++) - mushrooms, rosemary, tomatoes and mozzarella, served with side salad and potato crisps
The panini paled in comparison: overly toasted crispy focaccia that lacked that wonderful yeasty we like in a sandwich bite; depressing ham that tasted like something out of the supermarket's frozen section; and an overdose of processed cheese. This is something I could've made better at home.
Beef Cheese Burger with Sunnyside-up ($19++) - beef patty, cheddar, lettuce, salsa, mustard & a fried egg, served with side salad and potato crisps
Run-of-the-mill slightly dry patty, commercial bottled mustard, processed Kraft cheese, all between two well toasted but mediocre buns. While I wasn't expecting the best burgers, Group Therapy's was no where better than an average one. At its price, I'd much rather go to dear ol' Macs for a better burger.
Poached Eggs ($15++) - on thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere & hollandaise
The Poached Eggs were a gorgeous dish. 2 perfectly poached eggs atop generous slices of smoked salmon and a thick fluffy toast, drenched in copius amounts of creamy, delicious hollandaise. The thick toast was perfect for wiping up the oozy wet mess of yolk and sauce as I ate. Hands down my favourite of the meal.
Into it's 5th year of operation, Group Therapy is definitely doing something right to be able to survive in Singapore's cut-throat F&B industry. Enough for them to open a second branch at Katong, and a new hot kichen and ice cream bar at Kim Keat road. We've had a few hits and misses, but given their simple hearty sandwiches I'd say their success is rightly so.
Group Therapy (Duxton)
49 Duxton Road #02-01
Tuesdays to Thursdays: 11am-6pm (kitchen closes at 5pm, bar closes at 5.30pm)
Fridays to Saturdays: 11am-10pm (kitchen closes at 9pm, bar closes at 9.30pm)
Sundays & PH: 10am-6pm (kitchen closes at 5pm, bar closes at 5.30pm)
Closed on Mondays