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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 though...my 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

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            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

                2. The soups at Sage on McCaul are usually quite good, with the Tomato Basil being a standout.

                  166 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T1W4, CA

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                  1. re: xtal

                    Here's another vote for lentil soup - this one at Mashu Mashu, on Spadina Rd. in Forest Hill Village ($3.95), though the ones already mentioned on this thread are pretty good as well. Indeed, most of the Russian/Israeli/Middle Eastern spots in Toronto do a pretty good lentil soup at roughly the same price. But I find Mashu Mashu's version the most appealing.

                    1. re: juno

                      Mashu Mashu lentil soup is the BEST.

                      1. re: juno


                        Mashu Mashu
                        387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

                    2. When I worked at Bay/King, I frequent Scotia Café on the 4/F of the old Scotia Café building for lunch. Scotia Café offers 2 types of soup everyday, one is creme base and the other is not. The soup is different everyday. I usually get a small salad from the salad bar and a big soup (I never remember how many oz it is). The total cost for salad and soup is within $6 or $7. Really good value. Lot of people don't know about this café. I often take my friends there for lunch as you can always get a table and the place is not that noisy.

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                      1. re: chutchut

                        Can you give a little more specific directions. This sounds like a great find. Is it in the Scotia Tower. Which elevators do you take?

                        1. re: Mila

                          I think they mean the Clipper Cafe. It's Scotia's cafeteria. You take the elevators in the shorter building (44 King W) to the 4th floor.

                      2. Goulash soup at the Coffee Mill To Go in Yorkville...roughly $5.75 for a large portion, including 2 slices of rye bread.

                        I loved a spicy lobster and barley soup I tried at Linda's. It was part of their May set menu, but it hasn't been part of their regular menu.

                        I've been meaning to try the Colombian soups that are offered each weekend at Los Arrieros on Wilson. http://www.losarrierosrestaurante.ca/... Has anyone tried their soups?

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                        1. re: phoenikia

                          I second the goulash at Coffee Mill....yummy and comforting!

                        2. Millie's Bistro (www.milliesbistro.ca) menu shows on this date: Moroccan Legume and Vegetable Soup with Harrisa $7.95 and Fresh Soup of the Day $7.95
                          Take-out available. They have a Winterlicious lunch and supper with Puree of roasted Butternut Squash soupwith cinnamon and sour cream garnish.
                          They are located 1980 Avenue Road, North of Lawrence, South of Wilson. Open from 11:30 am til 10 pm. I had their Lentil Soup and it was delicious. A meal in itself.

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                          1. re: lamaranthe


                            Millie’s Bistro
                            1980 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M4A4, CA

                            1. re: JamieK

                              United Bakery's pea soup
                              Jacques Bistro french onion or butternut squash
                              Holt's cafe - soup of the day always great
                              Starfish - excellent chowders
                              Caffe Doria - great soups

                              1. re: millygirl

                                Second Starfish's chowders. Rodney's serves good chowders, too!

                                1. re: millygirl

                                  I second that United Baker's recommendation. Yum!

                                  United Bakers
                                  506 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, ON M6A, CA

                                  1. re: furhead

                                    I'll third that, but I hope you're okay with screaming kids running all over the place. United Dairy feels like Romper Room at times, but there's something to be said for a restaurant that draws three or four generations together for some pea soup.

                            2. Just tried Simply Zoup on the west side of Yonge St between Bloor and Charles. They have +/- 10 fresh soups each day (plus sandwiches and salads) and the quality of the ones I tried (Beef Goulash and Crab & Mushroom Chowder) was pretty good - maybe could use a bit more spicing. Other more memorable soups are the goulash at The Coffee Mill on Yorkville and the Harrira (moroccan) at Boujadi.

                              1. any recommended soup places in the yonge/sheppard area?

                                1. any soup recommendations in Mississauga or Brampton area?

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                                  1. re: burlgurl

                                    Sorry burlgurl, better get yourself some Lipton's Soupworks :)

                                    1. re: burlgurl

                                      Try the Apricot Tree Cafe in Sherwood Forest, nice onion soup as well as a daily special soup made fresh. Great pastries and desserts too.

                                      Apricot Tree
                                      1900 Dundas St W, Mississauga, ON L5K1P9, CA

                                      1. re: burlgurl

                                        Lots of great Pho in Sauga. I also recommend the lentil soup at Tarboosh. By far and away the best thing at their vegetarian buffet (I don't believe it's exclusive to the buffet), their shawarma is highly regarded by this board, but I can't vouch for it.

                                        1. re: burlgurl

                                          My favourite place for Pho or Bun Bo Hue is Saigon Express, at 1135 Derry Road East. If you're adventurous, try the Bun Bo Hue. It's awesome!

                                          1. re: redearth

                                            I think Saigon Express closed down...looked that way when I last tried a few weeks ago..

                                            1. re: burlgurl

                                              That's a real shame. My second choice for Bun Bo Hue would have to be Pho Mi 99, at Dundas & Dixie (NW corner, near the Value Village) - they have a whole section of their menu devoted to different types of Bun Bo Hue. Most of the items in the Bun Bo Hue section are not in english, but if you're adventurous enough to try Bun Bo Hue to begin with, that shouldn't deter you!

                                        2. I just went recently for the first time, but Esther's Soup Kitchen (in the Cumberland Terrace at Yonge/Bloor) is amazing. I had the mulligatawny, which was absolutely delicious, and my boy had (I believe) squash and roasted red pepper soup (also amazing).
                                          They're only open something like 10-4 during the week, but for the holidays, they're open Saturdays (days) too.

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                                          1. re: pouletsecret

                                            The chicken noodle soup at Esther's is very disappointing. They ladle the clear broth into the bowl, then add a big portion of bowtie pasta cooked separately.

                                          2. Anybody know anything about a place called Soup Nazi, at Warden and Eglinton?

                                            1. The soup of the day at Tabla is dependably delicious. I've had lentil, mushroom, and a couple of others that have great flavours. Available for take-out too.