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Best Lentil Soup in TO?

The version at Tabule is the best I have found so far. Which lentil soups do you like the most?

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    1. re: acd123

      I second this! I saw the posting and immediately thought of mashu mashu. Even better with a squeeze of lemon. Coupled with a side of their glorious beets and you have a super meal.

          1. re: MeMeMe

            Thanks MeMeMe. Look forward to trying it out soon!

            1. re: phoenikia

              If you're ever North on Bayview, Shoom Shoom has yummy lentil soup. They are a sister restaurant to Mashu Mashu, so not surprising.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Thanks TorontoJo! Chances are that I'll be closer to Shoom Shoom than Mashu Mashu this week-thanks for mentioning the connection between the 2 restaurants!

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  Shoom Shoom is not a 'sister restaurant' to Mashu Mashu. Shoom Shoom is a completely independent restaurant with no affiliation to any other restaurant.

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

          2. re: MeMeMe

            Mashu Mashu's lentil soup is great. So is the one at Tabule on Yonge (halfway btwn Davisville and Eglinton).

        1. Jerusalem on Eglinton West Toronto

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          1. re: Finnegan

            Most middle-Eastern restos in town do a creditable lentil soup - it's a simple recipe that's hard to louse up - but I find, like acd123, that Mashu Mashu's version at $3.99 a bowl is somewhat more flavorful. The rest of the standard middle Eastern menu, though a tad more expensive than most of its competitors (I guess you have to pay for the Forest Hill setting), is also executed with more finesse than most of the joints along Eglinton Ave. W., off north Bathurst St., and along Steeles Ave. W.

            1. re: Finnegan

              Go across the street to Halleluia. Ten times better than jerusalem.

              1. re: canadianbeaver

                Halleluia has a place in Thornhill too, called Yummy Grill. I don't know if they have the same soup.
                there are so many of these "Mediterranean grills" now (Me Va Me, Meron, Sofra, etc etc) with the same menu etc, I'd be curious to see how people rank them. They all seem about the same to me...

                1. re: fleisch

                  I think Yummy Grill is like a fast-food, lesser version of Halleluia. Halleluia is amazing. For real.

            2. My husband would definitely second Jerusalem on Eglinton!

              1. Looks like I have to head to Eglinton W or Forest Hill;) Thanks for all the suggestions!

                1. When they do it, Tablaa's is very nice.

                  1. Halleluia has the best soup. But if you like your lentil soup spicier (like me:)) New York Sub on Queen West at Portland has an amazing bowl of soup, for really cheap.

                    1. Ravi Soups on Adelaide makes a sublime curried red lentil with apricot.

                      1. Bumping this thread- has anyone found any restaurants serving an amazing lentil soup lately, in addition to the great restaurants already mentioned in this thread?

                        Sadly, Halleluia on Eglinton is now out of business.

                        Also, can anyone recommend a place serving a good lentil soup in East York?

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                        1. re: phoenikia

                          The closest to East York that I can think of (though it's not really all that close) is the Armenian Kitchen. It's reliably tasty and I've been known to order a double portion. That said, it is not a change your life experience.

                          I don't know whether Djerba la Douce serves it, but it would be worth trying if they do.

                          1. re: embee

                            Thanks embee. Gives me one more reason to finally try Armenian Kitchen.

                          2. re: phoenikia

                            I just had the lentil/chicken soup at Sofra Grill Express at Dufferin and St. Clair. Pretty tasty. Brothy, fresh herbs, slight pepper hit, hint of tumeric and big chunks of chicken. I really love their lentil soup at the original Thornhill location, I'm excited that they opened a spot close to home.

                          3. Ultimate Cafe, at King and John... their Spicy Lentil soup is good. Also, when they have it, the butternut squash.

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                            1. re: webpiggy

                              I had a really nice bowl of whole lentil soup at Ouzeri a while ago. It was much different from the Middle Eastern variations that exist around town. This one had carrots and celery and onions along with the whole lentils, floating in a clear broth. I suspect many of the Greek restaurants along the Danforth offer a version of this soup. At home, I make a Turkish version that calls for split red lentils and bulgur. If anyone knows of a decent Turkish restaurant that serves this soup, called ezogelin, I'd love to hear about it.

                            2. Jerusalem on Eglinton, hands down.

                              1. I can't believe no one has mentioned Sababa on Steeles. Really is the best in the city...along with the rest of their delicious middle-eastern food, especially their in-house made pita.

                                390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

                                1. Armenian Kitchen on Victoria Park Ave. South of Eglinton Ave. E. Nice smoky flavour!

                                  Armenian Kitchen
                                  1646 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

                                  1. Shoom Shoom (next to Longo's on Bayview) has a terrific lentil soup