It’s time to start planning for ways to stay warm. Here on the fourth floor we’re also meal-obsessed, so what better way to kill two birds with one stone, than eat food and stay cozy while chewing…or slurping in this case. We surveyed and came up with a list of favourite soups all over the city.
With the word “soup” in the title you pretty well know there’s going to be something for everyone. With ingredients like curried apricots, porcini mushrooms, truffle oil and kaffir lime, these are probably not the soups your grandma used to make.
Caplansky’s – 356 College St.
Everyone loves the smoked meat sandwiches, of course, but we have a special place in our hearts for the chicken soup with matzoh balls. Rich, hearty and filling, it reminds us of what our bubbie used to make when we were younger.
If at first glance you think you’ve walked into an ice cream parlour, you would be correct. However, owner Luc is clever and figured that since it’s freezing half the year in Toronto, why not also serve soup (in addition to ice cream) during the winter months? With options like butternut squash, spicy black bean, and great white north bean stew, this is a spot we will be hitting up on a regular basis.
We’re fairly certain that Le Gourmand only makes delicious food (we have regular dreams about their chocolate chip cookies), and their chili is no exception. If you’re starving but are still in the mood for soup, this is the perfect option.
Moving a little farther northbound:
If it’s variety you’re looking for, go no further than the pre-made food section at Whole Foods. Every time we go in we discover a new soup, but love that they always have a few of the traditional flavours available. Their soups are always delicious and there’s often a vegan option available.
For some of the best french onion soup in town, head to Patachou, a French cafe/patisserie in the heart of Rosedale. While it’s hard to choose just one thing on the menu, we keep going back to the french onion for the great taste and seemingly never ending mount of cheese.
A new neighbour to Patachou, Cafe Shu is a great option if you have dietary restrictions because of their creative options. All soups are created fresh daily and contain no dairy. Cafe Shu also supports local and organic suppliers and growers, which is always a bonus.
You can tell by the title that you’re not going to find many dairy-free options here. We love that they offer classics like vegetable, barley bean, potato, beet and cabbage borscht, and a green split pea that is to die for. Located a bit north at Bathurst and Lawrence, we think it’s worth the trip.