No matter the season, I’m always a sucker for a bowl of soup. That said, as temperatures touched down at 20-below last week, the time is ripe for a steamy bowl to soothe the icy souls of our fair citizens. These are five of best soups in Toronto…
Despite the sudden and tragic passing of the sultan of soups himself, Ravi Kanagarajah, last year, the Adelaide St. soup emporium still serves up some of the city’s best belly-warmers. Favourites include the distinctive porcini mushroom and wild rice bisque with crispy shallots and truffle oil (drool), corn chowder with blue crab and Thai basil, and the often-changing Ravi Stew.
With three locations to choose from, Soup Nutsy features one of the largest soup-centric menus in town. Over 10-15 soups can typically be found at the various Financial District doll-outs, and they cater to every palate and dietary restriction from diary free and vegetarian, to low fat and no fat.
Pho Tien Thanh
The atmosphere at the Ossington pho joint is straight out of Saigon – from the pink and powder blue walls to the no-frills fixtures –and that’s part of what makes it so damn good. The fact that their broth is as rich and aromatic as the best shops in Vietnam makes this one of the greatest noodle soups you’ll find in Toronto.
For over 100 years United Bakers has been blessing hungry bellies with the goods – just like Bubbie used to make them. If you’re in need for one of the most hearty, thick and satisfying split-pea soups in the city (hold the ham) then get your tuchus over to this Bathurst and Lawrence institution.
Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu
Despite being the saltiest dish ever tested by the Toronto Star, hundreds, if not thousands of bowls of the molten broth get doled out at this Koreatown gem every day. Fact of the matter is, this Korean hangover cure laden with silken tofu, meat, veggies or seafood, and that perfectly bowl-poached egg, is simply too good a soup to steer entirely clear of. Just maybe don’t make it an every day indulgence.
Side up under the giant fisherman’s rope at on Dundas Street for the most rich and delicious tonkotsu ramen in the city. With simple toppings of bamboo shoots, black fungus (woodear mushrooms) and the ooziest soft boiled egg in the game, it’s too bad there’s always a lineup out the door or I’d just bring a pillow and drift off to blissful slumber after my mow.