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May 8, 2011 07:23 AM

Question about soup in Spain

we've been in Spain and so far every soup we've ordered has been lukewarm. Is this a cultural difference or have we been unlucky?

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  1. Dave, I'm afraid you have been unlucky. Every soup I have had in Spain has been, like everywhere else, hot.
    Do tell the restaurant it's not hot and that you want it hot..

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      1. re: monchique

        O Dave, is that what you ordered? :-)

    1. This happens to me every time I order salmorejo.

      1. For the record, not including gazpacho :-): 3 fish soups, leek and potato, and onion.

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        1. re: Dave Feldman

          Dave: In that case you have had a bad series, although in my experience (and I live in the South) people don't expect boiling hot soup, probably because of the hotter weather. But even then a fish soup should be served hot in any case, not tepid...

          1. re: Dave Feldman

            Could you be eating at an off time (like, for example in Madrid, starting lunch before 1:30/2 or after 4; or dinner before 9:30 or after 11:30?). Not sure if it applies to your case, but many visitors here don't realize how strict the eating schedule is and how unaccustomed (or just unprepared) many places are to serve outside of the regular meal times.

            1. re: butterfly

              Hours are a little different in the Basque Country, especially in rural areas, where many of the places we went to stopped serving dinner @10:30 or so, and open at 8:00. In our two weeks, we only ate a a couple of places that weren't closed between lunch and dinner, so I don't that was a factor

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                Yes, people do eat an hour earlier in the north (especially in the winter), but there are still regular hours for lunch and dinner--and even for restaurants that stay open between the two, those are off-hours when most people would just get a sandwich or snack, so other items on the menu can be a bit sketchy/past their prime. To eat well in Spain, it's really important to adhere to the hours when regular people eat, otherwise, it's sloppy seconds or bar food.

          2. It is not so much about the hours you eat, if the restaurant re-heat the whole pot, they will have to re-season. They just couldn't be bothered so they served you lukewarm soup. Happened to me too every now and then. I think it is a cultural thing. Just my humble opinion.

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            1. re: morganwong

              Why would they have to re-heat the whole pot? Why couldn't they just ladle out a serving into a small pan and re-heat that? Not doing so seems more like laziness, not necessarily a cultural thing.