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Restaurant Week Singapore 7–14 October 2012

Singapore Restaurant Week will be back from 7 to 14 October 2012 with an extensive list of quality restaurants. Organised by DiningCity.com, this popular week-long gastronomic affair has attracted an impressive list of more than 100 restaurants in Singapore.

During SINGAPORE RESTAURANT WEEK, all participating restaurants will offer exclusive three-course menus for lunch and dinner priced at $25*+++ and $35*+++ respectively. *DiningCity Star-Awarded restaurants charge a supplement of $15 for lunch and $20 for dinner.

I have attended Restaurant Week a number of times. The experience I had earlier this year (Restaurant Week is held in March and October each year) was astounding. Really, my dinner at Brasserie Les Saveurs St Regis Hotel remains one of my most memorable dining experiences this year! I was really looking forward to the start of the booking period when Sixth Sense Communications contacted me to attend a preview of the upcoming Restaurant Week. What can I say, Lucky Me!

We sampled a total of 3 restaurants in the hip Duxton Hill area during the Restaurant Week Media Preview. Appetisers at Praelum Wine Bistro, Mains at La Maison Fatien Singapour and Dessert at Buyan Restaurant. Each course was accompanied by a wine from WineUniverse.

Praelum Wine Bistro

Praelum Wine Bistro (2)

Love the half-caged lights from the ceiling!

Praelum Wine Bistro - Roasted Pork Parcels (2)

First up, Roasted Pork Parcels comprising of sautéed Portobello mushrooms in cream cheese and fresh herbs stuffed into a pork loin parcel and wrapped in bacon slices, pan-seared and then slow roasted. An apple mash spiked with cinnamon was served for a touch of sweetness to the savoury dish.

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Group Therapy Coffee – Revisited!

I can’t believe I visited the same cafe twice, in the span of 2 weeks! Well it was lucky I did or I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to sample one of the best waffles I have eaten in a very long time! The waffle is pretty simple, with a sprinkling of icing sugar, a splob of butter, 4 slices of strawberry and maple syrup on the side. There’s no ice cream or whipped cream to distract you from what is indeed the highlight of the dish, the waffle itself. On the outside, the waffle is slightly crusty, yet on the inside it is light and fluffy. It’s so good, I didn’t even need the butter or maple syrup. Regretfully, I only managed to eat 2 squares of the waffle, before surrendering the rest of it to my colleague, who was the one who actually ordered it.

At $8.50, I think it’s a good price, and if nothing else, you should definitely order this when you are at Group Therapy Coffee!

Group Therapy Coffee - Belgian Waffle Group Therapy Coffee - Belgian Waffle (3)

Belgian Style Waffle with Maple Syrup & Butter $8.50

Read about my 1st visit to Group Therapy Coffee

Group Therapy Coffee

Address 49 Duxton Road, Singapore, Singapore 089513 · Get Directions

Phone +65.9173.4590

Website http://www.jackisnotdull.com/group-therapy

Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

Sun: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

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Group Therapy Cafe

My colleague’s sister’s cafe located in the new and improved Duxton Hill area. Quite a change from the mostly male managed cafes of the likes of Chef Icon, Papa Palheta, Loysel’s Toy, 40Hands and The Plain. I happened to be in the Tanjong Pagar area and wanted a cuppa. You may already know that a number of new cafes and eateries have set up premises in the Duxton area. I didn’t know which one to go to so I thought I’d just walk along the shophouses and stop at one that looked promising. And hey, whaddya’ know, the first cafe that I saw was Group Therapy Coffee. Well, to be exact, I saw their signboard on the 1st floor, right next to Etna Italian Restaurant. Group Therapy Coffee is located above the Etna restaurant, on the 2nd floor.

As compared to Chef Icon, Papa Palheta and so on, Group Therapy Coffee is very spacious! We were the only customers in the time that we were there, as they’ve only opened a few weeks ago. Group Therapy Coffee serves light bites like panini sandwiches, poached eggs, quiche, salads etc. No heavy cooking here as the ventilation won’t allow for it. As the place is larger than usual, with areas that can be cordoned off, private events can be held here as well.

If you can, get a seat by the window so you can look down into the streets below. The streets are quiet on the weekend but I think it’s a nice feeling to be able to stare out and just dream away.

Group Therapy Coffee - Bar Counter (2)

Group Therapy Coffee - Cafe Latte (2)

Cafe Latte $5 – Pretty good. Quite up there with the big boys. When I think that I don’t mind another cup of coffee, I can say they’ve passed the taste test.

Group Therapy Coffee - Grilled Smoked Ham Panini

Grilled Ham with mushrooms and cheese panini $14 – Quite substantial if you were to order it for lunch. I liked the combination of grilled ham and mushrooms, and there was nice light sweet sauce to go along with it. Also like the healthy cous cous salad provided on the side, to ward off the evils of the potato chips. Bread tasted good too but would have been better if it wasn’t burnt.

Group Therapy Coffee - Vegetable Quiche

Vegetable Quiche $11 – Doesn’t look so nice in the photo, but actually tasted quite good! I loved the crust very much and kept taking more even though I was supposed to be having the panini. The filling was nice, but could do with a bit more egg. $11 is a bit pricey for a quiche though.

Group Therapy Coffee - Vanilla Ice Cream with Fruits

Ice Cream with berries

Address 49 Duxton Road, Singapore, Singapore 089513 · Get Directions

Phone +65.9173.4590

Website http://www.jackisnotdull.com/group-therapy

Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

Sun: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

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