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Ravisoups

I'm surprised to see nobody's posted anything about this place yet! It's in the old Black Camel space on Adelaide W. which closed earlier this spring. The decor is exactly the same save for some new art on the walls, so I suppose it's easy to miss if you're not looking for it.

Feeling the effects of the cold that everyone around me's got, I went in for a bowl of warm hugs expecting an experience akin to what one can get while eating from the Soup Market in the TD Centre but I got something that has surpassed just about everything I've ever had before, or made from scratch for that matter. I ordered the chicken hot pot (approx $8) and was treated to a fantastic bowl of haute soup served on a lazy susan with proper cutlery, very nice chopsticks with a scone, yellow pepper jelly and what I thought was pistachio spread. No eating off of plastic here which made its price all the more reasonable.

My soup was bold in spices both hot and rich with prominent lemongrass, basil, ginger and a tiny bit of coriander. Generous amounts tender chicken with vegetables and Chinese egg noodle (I think) made it all very balanced and worth the price. Watching Ravi prepare each bowl for his guests made the wait and somewhat clumsy, yet hospitable service all worth it, for there was only love going into the bowl for all to consume.

A short blurb about Ravisoups appeared in The Star not too long ago which regailed Ravi as being the ex-Mildred Pierce 'Soup King' which in my opinion is too humble a title.

I can't be the only Chowhound in this city who's been here. I certainly don't want to be!

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  1. I read about RaviSoup in the Star as well. Its on my list....p.s how many soups were being offered?

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    1. re: domesticgodess

      There were 3 on the menu today. A red pepper bisque and the noted curried apricot and red lentil soup from the article. They also had 4 sandwiches on the board as well, of which I'll be back to try.

      1. re: eller

        another cool day, so I tried to find it..but messed up and found myself going one way on adelaide. I will try again!!! The curried apricot and red lentil soup sounds like a winner!!

    2. Stopped by today. A friend and I split a bowl of roasted corn soup with basil and tomato concassse, a roasted chicken, yam and slaw wrap and the curried leg of lamb, rice pilaf and mango salsa wrap . All very nicely spiced with an excellent balance between main and supporting ingredients (i.e., the accoutrements didn't overshadow the main attraction). The soup was served with a biscuit and very excellent condiments (cilantro, mint and coconut puree and yellow pepper jelly).

      I'll definitely put it on my regular circuit of restaurants in the area. I only wish there were more combo options, like a half-order of soup, so I don't have to rely on someone else to split stuff with me. Nice patio in the back as well.

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        1. re: chyxx

          322 Adelaide Street West - in the block East of Peter.

          1. re: outofit

            WOW..what a great new restaurant. I had the curried apricot soup and it was incredible. The flavors, the spice, consistency, etc. Ravi, certainly does know what he is doing!! There was a featured, cold cucumber soup that I sampled....which was also incredible.
            I ordered a regular sized soup ($6.99) but it was HUGE..next time I would order a small bowl.
            I ordered a cucumber slaw with raita and it was a very refreshing..cruchy, flavorfuf and a perfect compliment to my soup. (although I was full, full, full).
            The restaurant itself is "cool"...I liked the design and the patio in the back has a pefect tree for just the right amount of shade.
            I will be going back...thats for sure!!

        2. re: tbonetak

          I went back today for the second time. This time I had the red pepper bisque (very bright, with nice coconut milk and citrus flavours) and the pulled pork wrap with tamarind glaze (very nice, but so large it started to get a bit cloying at the end.)

          Good news! You can now get small bowls of soup (You may have been able to all along but I guess I never asked and it's not on the board.) and they offer a $9 soup/wrap combo with a smaller wrap than the regular-priced one. I think this is the way to go, as the regular wraps are massive. It's a nice way to get a taste of both the excellent soup and wraps.

            1. re: tbonetak

              great photo's....I definetely need to go back there and try another great soup!!

        3. Visited Ravisoups today and was not impressed. Since it's so hot, I wasn't in the mood for hot soup and since I don't like chilled soups, I ordered a wrap - the Pulled Pork with Asian Slaw and Tamarind Ketchup. It's was $8.31 - a LOT for a sandwich/wrap, even if it's big.
          My disappointment was with the taste. The pork was bland and a little dry. The 'slaw' was baby spinach and red pepper, with a citrus dressing - good, but not really 'slaw' (IMO). The same 'slaw' was repeated in the wrap, along with pineapple (which I like) which wasn't mentioned in the wrap's description, and the Tamarind Ketchup, which was sickly sweet (esp. with the pineapple). All in all it was too sweet, too expensive, and disappointing considering the favorable reviews.
          Also, the washrooms were dark, damp and musty, and toilet paper-free, which I discovered too late.

          I will return in a more soup-friendly season for a second try, but for now will not make the trek across the downtown core from work.

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          1. re: thenurse

            I was there for lunch too. I had the soup and sandwich combo for $11.34. I wasn't impress with my pulled pork wrap either. The pork was very very dry and so was the wrap. It would have been nicer if they grilled it slightly to bake off some of the starchiness. I did like the pineapple, that was a nice touch. The soup was good, I had the corn puree with tomato and basil. The presentation was nice and they were very friendly. Unfortunately the chairs were horrible. They rival the ones at Le Papillon for being the most uncomfortable. They were steel with a mesh-like pattern that really needed a cushion. Something to soften the sharpness! I will go back to try more soups but unlikely to try a wrap again.

          2. I was looking for the address:

            RaviSoups
            322 Adelaide St. W. (west of John St.).
            Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

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            1. re: kerwintoronto

              there is a new winter soup menu that sounds divine. Has anyone been recentely?

              1. re: domesticgodess

                Yes. I went recently and there was a new menu. I had mushroom wild rice soup. It was delicious, and the soup’s thickness was provided by pureed wild rice instead of cream so it was a healthier choice.

                Dining companions had a corn chowder with shrimp, cilantro and coconut milk if I recall. Also very good.

                Their biscuits are killer (figuratively and literally, both a result of lots of butter and cheese!).

            2. Ravisoups will be changing it's hours soon, open seven days a week and offering breakfast. I'm excited because I work in that area and the only breakfast offerings are deplorable, greasy, overdone eggs at Zuppa or cold, dry muffins at Croissant Tree. This is the best "fast food" place I have ever eaten, it's saved my life. I'm eating real food every day instead of McBioHazard Hormone-wiches - thank you Ravi!!!!!!!!
              Anyway I heard that breakfast should be starting by the second week of January - 8am.