I’ve visited Group Therapy at Katong V at least five times, and the one at Duxton a couple of times, but somehow never got around to writing a post on it.
An ex-classmate of mine is one of the founders, and I initially visited the original branch at Duxton about 3 years back to try it out, show some support.
But after they set up a new branch in the East late last year, it’s kind of become our (Z’s and my) de facto place to have (Western) weekend brunch these days.
Located at a spacious spot in the quiet Katong V, a few buildings down from the much bigger I12 Katong, it is kind of like an oasis away from the hustle and bustle.
For S$18, our favourite Big Plate offers delicious value – a smorgasbord of perfectly cooked eggs, juicy sausage, bacon, tasty sauteed mushrooms, salad and toast of your choice – it satisfies, every time.
Though, not so much a fan of the thousand island-like dressing on the salad.
The rest of the food is pretty good too. Tried their popular Poached Eggs and Smoked Salmon (S$15) as well, which was quite a happy sight with a big helping of crazily thick and rich hollandaise sauce. Probably can’t have this too often!
Eggs-wise, they were firm and bouncy yet still gooey inside. I prefer a runnier texture for my poached eggs but this is good for people who like theirs with a bit more structure.
Found the coffee to be sufficiently strong and full-bodied, though I guess I’m not that picky about this.
Z is usually happy with his Mocha at GT, which I’m told already comes with a double shot of espresso (he usually adds one), and a friend mentioned to me that she thinks the coffee there is really good.
They also have a range of salads, sandwiches, pies and pastas, but I haven’t really tried these as I somehow always end up having the all day breakfast items… okay I did try a pie but that was a few years back, at the Duxton branch. It was quite nice, if I remember correctly.
Z did try a dinner dish though as we went for a super late lunch after 5pm once (that’s when they start serving dinner), the Hunter’s Chicken Stew (S$16).
Which was pretty tasty, with succulent pieces of chicken. I especially liked the Mediterranean rice it came with as it was fragrant and had a hint of herbs in it.
In terms of its food menu, I think Group Therapy has a better range of items than most of the smaller, coffee-focused cafes. Here you actually have a variety of things to choose from, so groups which don’t fully consist of egg-loving creatures can enjoy a meal together.
You can even put together your own meal by combining some sides like I did pictured below – scrambled eggs (S$3), avocado (S$3) and smoked salmon (S$4) – totaling up to only S$10!
Seems fairly generous to me, for that price. Anyway I also had the soup of the day with this, the Truffled Cream of Mushroom (S$9).
This seems a tad pricey, but it was delicious and creamy (homemade too, I think) so I guess it was worth it. And we were happy that it was served piping hot.
Ambience-wise the East branch is not as ‘chi-chi’ or hipster as some of the popular cafes locally (you know, being part of a mall and all, though a small quiet one) and seems to have more of a mass market appeal.
It has normal looking chairs and tables and some comfortable looking ones, proper painted walls – but with some quirky decorations like egg crate sugar packet holders and off-the-cuff instagram prints. So it probably isn’t all that mainstream either, really.
And now I will leave you to enjoy some final pictures of the delicious food at Group Therapy Cafe…!
They give butter and jam for the lovely toasted multigrain bread if you ask for it, which to me, makes a continental breakfast complete.
Service is warm and friendly, the wait staff at Katong V all look rather young and are likely students, but are polite and get the job done. And Weilin and Deborah are great hosts when they are around (haven’t caught them at the cafe in recent times but I guess they would be at Duxton more often).
Would most certainly be going back again, perhaps to Duxton some time (it’s always super packed these days though and we don’t like to queue…!).
*Note: This post refers mainly to the Katong V branch as that is the one I frequent.
Group Therapy Coffee, Katong
30 East Coast Road
Katong V, #01-11
Open daily from 9am to 9pm.
Group Therapy Coffee, Duxton
49 Duxton Road, #02-01
Tel: +65 +65 6222 2554
Open from 11am to 6pm on Tuesdays to Thursdays, 11am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 10am to 6pm on Sundays and public holidays. Closed on Mondays.