Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Group Therapy Cafe @ Duxton Hill
I chanced upon Group Therapy Cafe one evening on my way to Etna.
Located on the second floor, it is quite a trail of its own.
Opening the door, you get greeted by a bunch of smiley ladies and lad. Cosy mismatched furniture with odd corners created for customers seemed to be the way to go. Find a seat by the counter or away from the rest of the cafe - facing the wall alone fulfills 闭门思过 (facing the wall to repent!) really well.
Two parts to the cafe.
Adoring the layout, totally.
Amidst the mismatched furniture and ornaments, it did look quite good!
Like the clock!
Tattered double page menu gets placed infront of you. Choices are limited.Holler your order is their way of communication, I actually liked the two way communication. Rules out of the window!
Melody Chen strides in, if there's any star power..it had to be it for the lazy afternoon.
Homemade bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers, onions ($8)
There is a choice of plain or wholemeal bagel. This arrived in a saucer and looking most forlorn on the plate, without salad or chips or anything that made it look like a wholesome item. This is the other kind of bagel attempted - just like bread. Fluffy bread bagel with fishy smoked salmon. Not quite a fan of this.
Grilled smoked ham, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese
Comes with a side of cous cous and chips fresh from the packet. The owner recommended this over Chicken Ham and Egg Pie with salad and chips, only to hear that it was sold out thereafter. Certainly a better choice than their bagels in terms of portions and heartiness. Loved the crunch sounds as the knife sliced through my toaste panini. Hamming up with a thick slice of ham (oops the pun!), cheese and mushrooms...I thought it was a really good sandwich.
Not a fan of cous cous unfortunately. I actually thought mixing in apples and tomatoes was strange.
Pecan Pie ($5)
Crunchy pecans meets buttery crust. Liked this!
Can't wait to return for this!
I like this place more than I like the food. Would be back for their Poached Eggs with Thick Toast, Cured Ham and Gruyere which the whole of the next table ordered. Dripping melted cheese is always a deal sealer.
The second visit followed hot on the heels of the first.
A repeat, still as delish.
Poached Eggs with Thick Toast, Smoked Salmon and Gruyere ($13)
Thick crispy toast blanketed with hollandaise sauce, gruyere, smoked salmon and two lovely poached eggs.
I'm beginning to be a runny egg convert. I actually do not mind the perfect yellow and soft insides. Loved the sounds of the knife cutting through the toast and colours put together - beautiful and tasty mess. One of the few times I actually thought hollandaise was yummy.
Chicken Ham and Egg Pie with salad and chips ($11)
A simple homemade pie filled with such an awesome buttery fragrance, it had me at hello. Loved the ham chunks and egg but lacked some moisture though.
4 Layer Carrot Cake ($8.50)
I get sold very easily on description, truth be told. Highly recommended by one of the bosses with a cheeky grin - I feel bad saying no to carrot cake, one of my ultimate comfort foods.
4 even layers of moist and fluffy light carrot cake with an incredible cream cheese frosting and immensely lovable flavours. So here it is, my favourite carrot cake after dense coffee bean's. I actually do like carrot cake light!
Boy, I am so loving Group Therapy Cafe!
Group Therapy Cafe
Duxton Hill (Above Etna)