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Where to go for GOOD SOUP

Luvtooeat Oct 25, 2011 03:10 PM

Tis the season for a good bowl of soup
Looking for a variety of locations ( Midtown , Airport , Scarberia , Thornhill , Woodbridge )

Love Pho but have seen reports its too high in salt
Anyone making a lower salt Pho soup ?

United bakers
Mashu Mashu
Shoom Shoom
Yummy Grill
Me Va Me

Ravi Soups
Prauge Deli
Café Polenez
Coffee Mill
Cafe Doria's

Silk Road

Thai Shan Inn

Le Papillon (onion soup
Oliver & Bonacini

Pumpernickel's (path)
Sandwich Box
Goodys Diner
Armenian Kitchen

Coffee Mill
99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

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

1120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

Sandwich Box
238 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z7, CA

Cafe Doria
1094 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L6, CA

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

390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

Le Papillon
69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

309 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E6, CA

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

356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Silk Road Restaurant
438 Horner Ave, Toronto, ON M8W2B3, CA

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

Meron Restaurant
7117 Bathurst St, Thornhill, ON L4J2J6, CA

Yummy Grill
531 Atkinson Ave, Thornhill, ON L4J8L7, CA

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  1. aser RE: Luvtooeat Oct 25, 2011 03:33 PM

    ravi's soup is a good bet, I've had quite tasty ones there. The one in entertainment district used to do a half price after 5pm on Friday special, not sure if they still do.

    The french onion soup at woodlot was great, again not sure if it's still on the menu.

    My fav soup noodles in the city are as follows....

    ematei = nabeyaki udon
    swatow = wonton mein with brisket
    jun jun = wonton mein
    tien thanh = pho dac biet
    pho my duyen = bun bo hue
    pho linh = bo kho
    sukho thai/khao san = khao soi
    gourmet garden = assam laksa

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    1. re: aser
      smudgebee RE: aser Nov 18, 2011 11:40 AM

      I really like the Grouper Soup at Hanoi 3 Seasons (Cha-Cha). Not sure on their Pho, but I bet it would be less salty.

      Hanoi 3 Seasons
      588 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

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      lalachan RE: Luvtooeat Oct 25, 2011 07:02 PM

      Actually I was with my friends at West 7 cafe last week, two of us in the table of four ordered two different soup. one is Moroccan Chilli and a Soup of the Day (it turns out to be like a bean with potato and onion, dark coloured soup). the chilli was light in colour and different from regular chili and the soup of the day was nice.

      Both with lots of vegetables in it and flavourful. (but you can't avoid it to have salt in it, imo it wasn't overly salty, it has average amount of salt) Portion is above average generous, it was a nice light meal.

      I think they did a good job

      1. prima RE: Luvtooeat Oct 25, 2011 08:22 PM

        Khao San Road - have liked every soup I've tried
        Linda - have liked every soup I've tried
        Zorba's kotosoupa/avgolemono, ask for an extra slice of lemon on the side
        Tabule - lentil soup
        Europe- goulash soup (which not the same as the goulash main)

        I want to try the Nabeyaki udon at Ematei. I liked the Nabeyaki udon at Yuzu.

        I'd like to try the Hot & Sour at Taste of China

        Also check out this awesome Comfort Soup thread for other ideas: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737052

        2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

        681 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

        3030 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6B3B6, CA

        Linda Thai Cuisine
        11 Karl Fraser Road, Toronto, ON , CA

        Taste of China
        338 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G2, CA

        236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

        Khao San Road
        326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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        1. re: prima
          TorontoJo RE: prima Oct 26, 2011 04:09 AM

          The lentil soup at Dr. Laffa is very good.

          Dr. Laffa
          40 Magnetic Dr #44, Toronto, ON M3H 5S8, CA

        2. atomeyes RE: Luvtooeat Oct 26, 2011 05:58 AM

          you are 100% correct about pho. sadly, i've cut it/reduced it due to its saltiness, fat content and likely MSG load.
          you feel like you're getting something akin to your baba's chicken soup (which also had salt and fat), but its the MSG that kills you that they put in there at most places.

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            juno RE: atomeyes Oct 26, 2011 06:52 AM

            The OP clearly knows his/her soups, especially the lentil soup which is a fixture on Israeli/Middle East menus. Though I must quibble with one selection, namely the three soups on offer at Sababa, an otherwise pretty good joint, especially its hot and cold appetizers. Lentil, white bean and chicken soup are on offer there, and all are often much too watery and thin on flavour. I guess you can't expect much at $2.95. Much, much better soups in the Middle East style can be found at Best Grill, a smallish - just six or seven tables - spot on Steeles Ave., two stoplights west of Dufferin. Five or six intensely rich and flavourful soups are on the menu, with at least four always available. The ubiquitous lentil (equal or better than Tabule's outstanding version), beet borscht, fish soup and lamb soup are the ones I've tried, and they're all superb. At $4 (though the soup of the day can sometimes be $5), you can make a light lunch of them.

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              prima RE: juno Oct 26, 2011 07:03 AM

              Thanks for mentioning Best Grill, Juno. Will have to try out their borscht. I'll take borscht over lentil any day ;-)

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              Luvtooeat RE: atomeyes Oct 26, 2011 08:00 AM

              Maybe if enough people start asking for reduced sodium Pho soup , such as offered at Sushi restaurant's with the lower sodium soy (green bottle).
              It will be a win / win for all , in an economy where restaurants should be looking for ways to attract customers.

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              childofthestorm RE: Luvtooeat Oct 26, 2011 06:56 AM

              Porchetta should be on this list. His soup of the day is more often than not mindblowingly good. Sometimes I just go there for the soup.

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                superawesomepossum RE: childofthestorm Oct 26, 2011 07:46 AM

                I second Porchetta and Co everything they make is just sexy

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                earthmomma RE: Luvtooeat Oct 26, 2011 10:52 AM

                I don't like everything at Fresh, but one thing they do extremely well is soup. I've bought their cookbooks just for the soup recipes. They are all hearty, homemade, and delicious.

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                1. re: earthmomma
                  Luvtooeat RE: earthmomma Nov 13, 2011 06:30 AM

                  Another good place to buy Soup (sadly frozen) but home made
                  Dufferin / south of Finch

                2. KhaoSanRoad RE: Luvtooeat Nov 18, 2011 12:01 PM

                  Other than the obvious, id like to add wow for porkbone and in particular the tripe at Prague for the time being.

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                    neighborguy RE: Luvtooeat Nov 19, 2011 04:36 AM

                    I really enjoy pho as well and have not been able to find anywhere in Toronto where it's not a bowl full of MSG.

                    Made my own home made pho for the first time recently following a few recipes I found online. Remarkably easy. And good -- better than any of the restaurants here.

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                      megjp RE: neighborguy Nov 20, 2011 03:52 PM

                      Are you able to type out what you actually did as a recipe I can more or less follow? I love pho but have the same qualms about the MSG..

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                        neighborguy RE: megjp Nov 21, 2011 04:21 PM

                        I googled 'authentic pho recipe' and skimmed the top five or so hits -- which also appear on this list:


                        I used the listings as a guide since I'm kinda bad at measuring but the overall ingredients and proportions can be followed. I put the bones in a slow cooker and did it overnight. The next day I added the aromatics (star anise, coriander, etc) and a few hours later when I walked in the house it smelled just like going into a pho restaurants. It was delightful!!!

                        If you are close to an asian market I might suggest you use the fresh rice noodles rather than reconstituted rice stick. It was just like the soup I had in Vietnam.

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                          megjp RE: neighborguy Nov 22, 2011 07:23 PM

                          Thank you! I think I have a project this weekend, and I can definitely source fresh noodles. :)

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                      Helen RE: Luvtooeat Nov 19, 2011 05:45 AM

                      Regina's, Sheppard/Bathurst, have great soups. $6.99 for a large jar.


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                      1. re: Helen
                        Luvtooeat RE: Helen Nov 19, 2011 06:37 AM

                        Any good Soup in or near St Lawrence Market ?

                      2. scarberian RE: Luvtooeat Nov 20, 2011 02:28 AM

                        In Scarberia at The Black Dog Pub, whenever you can get it, they serve a beautiful and hearty seafood chowder. This thing rocks; it's creamy but not thick, and loaded with chunks of fish and other types of seafood. With a side salad, it could be a main meal.

                        Black Dog Pub
                        87 Island Rd, Toronto, ON M1C2P6, CA

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                          Googs RE: scarberian Nov 20, 2011 08:55 AM

                          I'll add to that the New Englland clam chowder at Diana's Oyster Bar. It would be worth having even without the clams and potatoes.

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                            Googs RE: Googs Nov 20, 2011 09:00 AM

                            Made a link.

                            Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill
                            2105 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R 2Z4, CA

                        2. AzulH RE: Luvtooeat Nov 20, 2011 07:27 AM

                          Riviera Bakery (College/Clinton), good italian soups at lunchtime.

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                            mike00000888 RE: Luvtooeat Nov 20, 2011 04:47 PM

                            For Korean Pork Bone soup, try the Korean supermarket at Don Mills and York Mills. There is a food court inside the store with a wicked Pork Bone soup.

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                              ebay3392 RE: Luvtooeat Nov 20, 2011 05:33 PM

                              Polonez keeps disappointing, was there Saturday, bean soup bit bland and weak on the beans, was cold....for premium prices should be better.

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                                ukers RE: Luvtooeat Nov 20, 2011 06:00 PM

                                Has anyone tried the soup at Cool Hand Luc on King West?

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                                  justsayn RE: ukers Nov 20, 2011 09:50 PM

                                  If it's anything like his grocery store ice cream, the soup will be re-heated campbells.

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                                    Luvtooeat RE: justsayn Nov 21, 2011 05:29 PM

                                    Thanks neighborguy for providing Great link to
                                    'authentic pho recipe'


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                                      Doopsylalolic RE: Luvtooeat Nov 22, 2011 06:49 AM

                                      It is very good and detailed. The preparation is demanding. That's why I leave pho to the experts in restaurant kitchens - don't think I'll try it at home.

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                                  edfs72 RE: Luvtooeat Nov 22, 2011 07:49 AM

                                  I really enjoy the Pork bone soup from Owl of Minerva

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