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Dec 3, 2007 07:38 AM


Greetings Hounds,

As the winter season has befallen us, I plan on embarking a season long search for local soup chowhound worthy venues. I'm interested in the following

GTA Based-pref in the city will venture to burbs
Both sit down or take away venue options
Unique and traditional based soups
Value ( now I know this is subjective)

Thanks Hounds and I look forward to your soup rec's

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  1. my favourite place for pho is Hanoi - 3 Seasons located on the N/E corner of Broadview & Gerrard. It's the best pho place I've tried but their seafood soup is also incredible!
    It's unlike any other pho place I've been to - jazz music and art for sale (beautiful embroidered pcs from Vietnam).

    It's a bit more expensive than your average pho ($7.50 as opposed to $5.00) =)

    This is a place I'll be spending the bulk of my winters in.

    1. Le Gourmand (just south of Queen on Spadina) makes some great soups, had the curried cauliflower a week ago, made fresh and they often offer up to 5 types, large was around $6 with bread, plenty and good...Wagamama cafe on King W a block or 2 west of Bathurst has 2 fresh soups daily, they are great aswell, bear in mind they do run out later in the lunch rush co-workers like the soups offered at Sandwichbox...I like the wonton soup at Pho Hung, aswell as at the dumpling place 2 doors south of Mothers Dumplings....

      1. The Prague (Queen St. West just west of Palmerston) has great soups. Their sandwich board outside usually lists a variety of three a day that changes. Some of the ones I've seen are beef noodle, tripe, liver dumpling, white vegetable, veal, etc. They also have great hearty stews. The soups also really cheap - under $4.00 a bowl.

        1. We have been known to order a large Hot & Sour Soup at New Ho King as a whole meal. It's pretty chockoblock full of the good stuff.

          Other non-meal soups I order regularly and love:

          - My two fav lentil soups in the city are at Jerusalem & Timothy's Tikka House (they call it the mulligatawny soup).
          - The pumpkin soup at PiThom on Alexander Street is always surprisingly flavourful, fresh yet rich.
          - The bean soup at El Trompo has a lovely meaty broth.

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          1. re: orangewasabi

            Amazing soup - homestyle (if your Mom made great soup??)
            "United Bakers Restaurant"....Lawrence Plaza (Bathurst & Lawrence)

          2. oh man i love soup.
            lentil soup at SABABA at steeles/yonge is worth the drive from downtown.
            butternut squash soup at corner house made me cry at winterlicious last year it was so good.
            french onion at Sarah's on the danforth also stellar.

            Corner House
            501 Davenport Avenue, Toronto, ON M3R 4R6, CA

            Sarah's Cafe
            1426 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1N4, CA

            390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

            7 Replies
            1. re: LemonLauren

              Sarah's Cafe? wow, it's been slammed so many times on this board that I didn't think there was anything worth going for except the beer. It's been a long time since I've been there (just because of circumstances) but I'll have to remember about the french onion soup next time.

              1. re: JamieK

                Ravi's soups on adelaide.....the flavors, the texture, the spice. Man Oh Man!!
                Sandwich box.....again, perfection!!
                Soup A Bar. (something like that) on Ossington...good soup, but pales in comparison to ravi or sandwich box (in my humble opinion)

                Nothing like a good bowl of soup!!

                1. re: JamieK

                  i had a mixed experience there - my colleagues got the french onion soup and loved it, though it might have been the lseet/wind/snow that made them love it so. the service was horrendous - the server took the time to tell us it was the day after the staff christmas party, and he wasn't doing so well. i had the mediterra salad whic hwas some decent loking greens with sundried totmatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, feta and girlled eggplant with a balsamic dressing - not too inspired, but it hit the spot.

                  1. re: LemonLauren

                    Which one are you talking about? None are on the Danforth.

                    1. re: cowhound

                      She's referring to Sarah's Cafe at Danforth & Monarch Park, in response to a post further up.

                  2. re: JamieK

                    I'm in agreement. The food there is pretty mediocre and the onion soup is nothing to write home about. But in that neighbourhood, Bibiche down the street has an absolutely wonderful French onion soup...mmmm.

                    1. re: basile

                      I second that, really good soup at Bibiche.

                      2326 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA