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What's your favorite comfort soup of all time?

amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 08:24 AM

Hey fellow hounds, I'm craving a hearty soup on this rainy fall day. What is your favorite comforting soup ? I love mushrooms, if that sparks any ideas.

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    MeMeMe RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 08:30 AM

    Jump's Wild and Tame Mushroom soup is delish. Quanto Basta makes a perfect hearty minestrone.
    If you have a can opener - Unico or Primo make a great lentil soup.
    If I'm near my mother - her chicken soup is the best soup of all time.
    If I'm near Tuscany, a bowl of Ribollita is perfection.

    Quanto Basta
    1112 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

    1. The Chowhound Team RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 08:36 AM

      Folks, please keep discussion focused on where amycakes22 can find great soup in the city. Any recipes for homemade soups should be posted on the Home Cooking board. Thanks!

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        bogie RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 08:47 AM

        Borscht from Amber European on Bloor, just west of Jane, is perfect for a rainy day like today. They even have a version with little meat dumplings. Also, great goulash soup is available.

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          phoenikia RE: bogie Sep 28, 2010 10:13 AM

          Is the borscht at Amber a strained borscht or a chunky borscht, bogie? Have been meaning to try Amber for years.

          Chopin serves a decent borscht, but it's a strained borscht, and I prefer the chunky kind, with lots of vegetables.

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            bogie RE: phoenikia Sep 28, 2010 10:40 AM

            Definitely chunky, lots of veggies and body.

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              phoenikia RE: bogie Sep 28, 2010 07:03 PM

              Thanks bogie. Hope to try their borscht sometime soon.

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          bogie RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 08:48 AM

          You can never go wrong with a big bowl of pho or ramen either:)

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            acd123 RE: bogie Sep 28, 2010 09:24 AM

            Precisely. Get the Netsu Ramen (spice level 2) at Kenzo (soon opening on Bloor, west of Spadina - Yeah!!!) or the satay seafood pho at Golden Turtle. Other than my mother's cabbage borscht with flunken, those are my go-to bowls of goodness.

            And gogomiser has a good point too, the pea soup at United Bakers, with a buttered bagel, is pretty darn good.

            138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

          2. chocabot RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 08:52 AM

            posole at tacos el salvador!

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              gogomiser RE: chocabot Sep 28, 2010 08:57 AM

              united bakers split pea soup

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                MeMeMe RE: gogomiser Sep 28, 2010 09:14 AM

                Oh yes...delish. Makes me miss Bregman's Pea Soup.
                May I also suggest the soups at Prague Deli?

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                  chocabot RE: MeMeMe Sep 28, 2010 10:18 AM

                  mememe's right - the tripe soup at prague is tasty and filling.

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                    ekim256 RE: chocabot Sep 28, 2010 08:15 PM

                    Is this the place on Queen and Bathurst? I've been eyeing it lately. Their brunch sounds tasty!

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                      chocabot RE: ekim256 Sep 28, 2010 10:28 PM

                      it sure is!

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                        ekim256 RE: chocabot Sep 28, 2010 10:48 PM

                        Great! I can't wait, thanks for the rec!

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                          ekim256 RE: chocabot Oct 24, 2010 11:48 PM

                          Thank you Chocabot :) It was perfect for the chilly afternoon. Can't wait to share pictures because everything was very homey, comforting and tasty. I have tried both the borscht and the tripe soups, as well as a couple lunch items. Will return for brunch sometime too. ALSO...they sell their soups in little frozen containers, FYI :-)


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                            gttahaveit RE: ekim256 Oct 26, 2011 06:22 AM

                            Unfortunately, their soups (and most all of their food) has really gone down-hill in the last 6 months. I used to eat there 2-3x/week but I've had to throw in the towel and give it up. The last straw was the goulash soup experience a couple of weeks ago. Long been my Friday ritual when the weather turns cold, Last time was served a bowl of overly salty red potato soup with a couple of morsels of gristle. Cheap, but not worth it!

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                    pearlD RE: gogomiser Sep 28, 2010 04:51 PM

                    Mushroom Barley Soup at United Bakers also as above, the Split Pea Soup!!

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

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                  phoenikia RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 10:08 AM

                  The goulash soup at the Coffee Mill or Europe Bar and Restaurant.

                  The tom kha gai at Sukhothai or Linda.

                  The avgolemono (kotosoupa) at Zorba's, with extra lemon on the side.

                  Coffee Mill
                  99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

                  1. haggisdragon RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 10:21 AM

                    Sukhothai Guaytiaw with braised beef, thai spicy.
                    Shanghai style braised beef noodle soup from Ding Tai Fung
                    Pho from Pho Dao Bo


                    274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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                      JennaBean RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 10:28 AM

                      Corn or clam chowder at Rodney's!

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                        millygirl RE: JennaBean Sep 28, 2010 10:39 AM

                        +1 for United's pea soup
                        Le Papillon on the Park onion soup.
                        Cafe Doria's soup of the day - whatever it is.
                        Silk Road wonton soup with pork.

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                          phoenikia RE: JennaBean Sep 28, 2010 10:46 AM

                          Starfish serves great chowders, too.

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                            JennaBean RE: phoenikia Sep 28, 2010 12:17 PM

                            Do you know if Patrick has it on the cottage menu as well? It is close to home so it would be great if he does!

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                              phoenikia RE: JennaBean Jan 11, 2011 06:31 PM

                              Looks like there's often a daily soup/chowder at Ceili Cottage mentioned on Patrick's twitter feed:
                              Today's soup was beef barley, and a spicy salmon chowder was offered previously.

                              I hope they'll update their online menu soon. http://ceilicottage.com/menu.htm

                              Ceili Cottage
                              1301 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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                          farmgirl1836 RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 05:25 PM

                          The Sukiyaki soup at Thai Shan Inn rocks! My husband and I sometimes drive down to Eglinton from Thornhill just to share a large bowl of it. It's absolutely delicious, brimming with noodles, pieces of meat, shrimp, vegetables and an amazing broth! Well worth the drive. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it.

                          Thai Shan Inn Restaurant
                          2404 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6E 3S8, CA

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                            pancake RE: farmgirl1836 Sep 28, 2010 05:32 PM

                            Hands down, RAVI has the best mushroom soup. Search it on this board, I have never read a bad review. All the soup there is amazing actually! It is their specialty.
                            If you go, don't leave without trying the scone with red pepper jelly. Delicious!
                            The original location is on adelaide just east of spadina, but a second location opened somewhere in queen west

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                              FrankD RE: farmgirl1836 Sep 29, 2010 03:40 AM

                              We live in Richmond Hill, and still get take out from Thai Shan. But if you don't want the long drive, I'd recommend Vic Hong (Major Mac and Bayview). Their noodle with soup (Centre Vietnamese style - I believe it's number 53 on the menu) is really tasty, especially on a cold day.

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                                Snarf RE: FrankD Oct 25, 2010 09:05 AM

                                Is that any relation to the Vic Hong that used to have branches on Sheppard at Brimley and East Beaver Creek? They used to do an amazing sate soup.

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                                neighborguy RE: farmgirl1836 Oct 25, 2010 01:59 PM

                                What do you have with the soup?

                                I'm glad you mention TSI. Sukhothai and Mengrai has been hoarding all the Thai attention on this board.

                                82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

                                274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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                                Snarf RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 05:30 PM

                                On a fall day, the onion soup at Coquine is very nice.

                                Believe it or not, if you're going up to see the leaves change, Weber's does a decent chowder.

                                2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

                                1. Splendid Wine Snob RE: amycakes22 Sep 28, 2010 07:20 PM

                                  I love the shrimp dumpling soup at Swatow.

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                                    petek RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jan 9, 2011 05:14 AM

                                    I love the BBQ Pork w/veggies and noodle at Swatow..soooo good

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                                      phoenikia RE: petek Jan 9, 2011 06:19 AM

                                      I've tried the shrimp dumpling soup at Swatow, but haven't tried the BBQ Pork w/veggies and noodle before. Will have to give that a try sometime soon.

                                      Does anyone have any other recs for favourite soups near Chinatown/Kensington?

                                      King of Kings Ramen at Kenzo is quite tasty. Have only been to the Dundas W near Bay location.

                                      138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

                                      309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E6, CA

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                                        prima RE: petek Oct 25, 2011 08:47 PM

                                        petek, will Swatow add wontons or shrimp dumplings to that BBQ Pork/ Veg/ Noodle soup, if one makes a special request? Guess I could ask, next time I'm there, but was curious if anyone has requested substitutions or additions at Swatow?

                                        309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E6, CA

                                    2. bloodpudding RE: amycakes22 Sep 29, 2010 12:28 AM

                                      The Hot and Sour soup at Nota Bene warms the soul on a drab rainy day!! Superb!

                                      Nota Bene
                                      180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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                                        tdh RE: amycakes22 Oct 24, 2010 06:18 PM

                                        Muligatawny at esther queen of soups in cumberland terrace is my "go to" comfort food that I eat out in this city. Its also very good mixed with one of the vegetable or lentil soups.

                                        Esther's Soup Kitchen
                                        2 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W3E2, CA

                                        1. scarberian RE: amycakes22 Oct 24, 2010 06:38 PM

                                          The rare beef pho with tripe from Pho Dau Bo is one of my comforting soups from a resto. It just warms the bones and fills the gut... in a good way =).

                                          Another is the Fish Maw Soup with crab meat from Magic Wok or Fantasy Eatery. All that gelatinous goodness just warms you through and you can't stop at just one bowl.

                                          Lastly the miso soup from Zen. Although not filling, it does warm you up and has a nice flavour IMO.

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                                            jmarcroyal RE: scarberian Oct 24, 2010 07:33 PM

                                            so theres no actual local soup specialist in the city? Something like a local Soup Nazi?(I know theres that chain of soup places based on that charactor but I want something local and independant)...

                                            also, non asian would be a plus. It would be great to find a place that I can get a nice Minestrone, various chowders and bisques, creamy mushroom or brocolli. Give me a small place that sells around a dozen soup varieties in 3 size options, plus fresh baked buns which are included free with a soup, or can be bought on their own. I would go to this place atleast once a week!

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                                              scarberian RE: jmarcroyal Oct 24, 2010 07:45 PM

                                              OP only asked for our personal favourite comforting soup, not some specialty soup place. But to appease your curiosity have you tried the Soup Nutsy? I googled "soup toronto" and they came up as the third choice. Apparently they seem to be like Seinfeld's soup Nazi. They are located in the TD Centre and Metro Centre. Never tried them so I can't comment. Also here's a blog dealing with what you're looking for:


                                              Enjoy =9.

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                                                mrgrog RE: scarberian Oct 25, 2010 10:51 AM

                                                Large Rare Beef Soup at Green Bamboo YUM YUM (Midland and Sheppard)

                                                Green Bamboo Restaurant
                                                4219 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S5H5, CA

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                                                  jmarcroyal RE: scarberian Oct 25, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                  yea thats a bit impossible to get too by car:(

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                                                    caitlink RE: scarberian Oct 25, 2010 05:57 PM

                                                    i love soup nutsy. have not gone in a while but i used to always get the lobster bisque or the jamaican crab bisque.
                                                    Used to be after 3pm (not sure if everyday) or just fridays, they go 1/2 price.

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                                                    Wahooty RE: jmarcroyal Oct 25, 2010 06:18 PM

                                                    Not quite what you're looking for in terms of options, but Ravisoups, as mentioned upthread, has a very good (non-creamy) mushroom soup. There are fewer varieties (think half-dozen rather than dozen), but I've found both the porcini mushroom and curried apricot and red lentil lovely and comforting.

                                                    And Smokeless Joe's has a spicy African peanut soup that I also love.

                                                    Smokeless Joe
                                                    Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

                                                    322 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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                                                      jamesm RE: jmarcroyal Jan 8, 2011 03:08 PM

                                                      Ravi soups is basically awesome.

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                                                    phoenikia RE: amycakes22 Jan 8, 2011 08:56 AM

                                                    Has anyone had any delicious soups lately, that haven't already been mentioned in this thread?

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                                                      ibbileyta RE: phoenikia Jan 8, 2011 05:54 PM

                                                      Chicken corn soup (found at most Chinese restaurants) is a favourite of mine - love the sweet little niblets of corn.

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                                                        PoppiYYZ RE: ibbileyta Jan 10, 2011 04:33 AM

                                                        I'm particularly fond of the similar crab corn soup. It's a relatively simple dish, but I haven't been able to nail a home made version.

                                                        Anyone know of a good restaurant one in TO?

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                                                        haggisdragon RE: phoenikia Jan 9, 2011 10:11 PM

                                                        Tried a very delicious white bean soup at Luma a couple of weeks ago.

                                                        330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                                          Snarf RE: phoenikia Jan 11, 2011 04:11 AM

                                                          El Trompo does a nice Posole with all the trimmings on Sundays.

                                                          El Trompo
                                                          277 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2M1, CA

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                                                            phoenikia RE: Snarf Jan 11, 2011 07:57 AM

                                                            Is it a green or red posole, Snarf?

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                                                              Snarf RE: phoenikia Jan 11, 2011 01:51 PM

                                                              The colour was reddish, and the meat was pork. It`s not on the menu, but there is a handwritten sign on one of the walls.

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                                                                phoenikia RE: Snarf Jan 11, 2011 06:35 PM

                                                                Good to know. Thanks.

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                                                          MeMeMe RE: amycakes22 Jan 10, 2011 06:10 AM

                                                          Mashu Mashu makes an amazing lentil soup.
                                                          Petit Four makes a great curried lentil soup.

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

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                                                            suleaman RE: MeMeMe Jan 11, 2011 04:31 PM

                                                            I will try it,
                                                            There was once a restaurant at the beaches Shakshuka, they had nice food with great lentel soup, but they was closed when I went a second time. Special at the beaches, so many open and close. I think it is not easy to make a good soup.

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                                                            suleaman RE: amycakes22 Jan 11, 2011 04:27 PM

                                                            A chicken soup is sure the best for our cold days. But I had once leek soup with cream. oh my god. The best soup. I think it was french kitchen.Does somebody know a french kitchen restaurant, with good prices and food? I would love to eat this soup again.

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                                                              tofuhead RE: amycakes22 Jan 12, 2011 08:57 AM

                                                              Hot and Sour tofu noodle soup at Ginger.
                                                              Lentil soup.
                                                              Soon doo boo jigae in koreantown on the corner of clinton and bloor.

                                                              1. Platoputas RE: amycakes22 Jan 12, 2011 10:04 AM

                                                                French Onion Soup from Patachou (on Yonge St., between Bloor & Rosedale).
                                                                It's so gooey and hearty, and is the best bowl I've had in the city. Basically it's like your insides are getting a giant hug, which is my definition of comfort food.

                                                                It's $5.25 a bowl. And while I'm not a vegetarian, they use a delicious vegetarian broth. When you get that perfect bite of oozing Emmental cheese, softened bread, a few slices of onion and their savoury broth, everything else melts away.


                                                                1120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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                                                                  Sweet Pea RE: amycakes22 Jan 25, 2011 03:28 PM

                                                                  Hot cucumber soup at Bread and Roses in BWV and the lentil soup at Butler's Pantry (Ronces location).

                                                                  Butler's Pantry
                                                                  813 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G1, CA

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                                                                    table4onthefly RE: Sweet Pea Jan 25, 2011 03:48 PM

                                                                    So far every daily soup at Porchetta & Co has been unbelievable.

                                                                    Porchetta & Co.
                                                                    825 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                                                      kristoronto RE: Sweet Pea Aug 18, 2011 05:10 AM

                                                                      My late Polish mother-in-law used to make a cucumber soup--hot or cold, it was delicious! I would love to know how to make it but I will try Bread & Roses sometime.( hers had dill pickle in it as well) Thanks

                                                                    2. prima RE: amycakes22 Jan 30, 2011 08:58 AM

                                                                      Daiter's Borscht schmeckts. Available at Longo's + Daiter's, not sure where else.

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                                                                        TOtamara RE: amycakes22 Aug 17, 2011 10:15 PM

                                                                        I share your joy of soups! This thread is awesome.
                                                                        As for mushroom soups, a good dairy-free choice is the mushroom soup at Oliver & Bonacini. I had an excellent mushroom chowder at Mr. GreenJeans in the Eaton Centre...not the best of restaurants, but the chowder is a standout menu item.
                                                                        If you are ever in the PATH, there is a restaurant called Pumpernickel's in the food court beneath Simcoe Place. They have a changing selection of delicious and interesting soups but my favourite is the chunky vegetable which they serve everyday. It's loaded with sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Simply delicious.
                                                                        Sandwich Box never fails with their soups, and they have a vegan option everyday.
                                                                        The New Yorker deli at Bay and Bloor makes a very chunky and awesome borscht. The one at Caplansky's is also decent.

                                                                        Real Thailand at Spadina/Bloor makes a to-die-for hot and sour soup. I have cravings for the stuff all the time!

                                                                        Oliver & Bonacini
                                                                        2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M2K 1E6, CA

                                                                        356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                                                                        Sandwich Box
                                                                        43 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P1A1, CA

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                                                                          piccola RE: amycakes22 Aug 18, 2011 05:29 AM

                                                                          The corn soup at One Love Vegetarian. The tomato-kimchi at Utopia. The vegetarian pho at Golden Turtle.

                                                                          Still looking for a truly vegetarian hot and sour soup...

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                                                                            MeMeMe RE: piccola Aug 18, 2011 08:21 AM

                                                                            Dynasty has a great veggie hot and sour.

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