It’s no surprise that when temperatures drop, locals gravitate toward soul-warming soups chock full of fresh ingredients and fragrant seasoning. Here are some of the hottest broths in town:
Heaps of chopped beets give Alycia’s—a favourite Ukrainian community gathering spot—borscht its shocking pink hue. A swirl of cream and sprinkle of dill masterfully combine herbaceous and earthy tastes with smooth texture. 559 Cathedral Ave, 582-8789.
Spice fiends eagerly lap up Tom Yum Goong soup at Bangkok Thai. Button mushrooms, lemongrass shoots, lime leaves and prawns gently bob in chile-fired broth. 100 Osborne St, 2nd floor, 474-0908.
Hearty chicken dumpling vegetable soup at Danish eatery Bistro Dansk oozes warmth. Served with crusty, house-made baguette, the soup’s savoury broth, fluffy dumplings, vegetables and tender pieces of chicken score a comfort food hit. 63 Sherbrook St, 775-5662.
Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery—the on-site eatery of McNally Robinson Booksellers—serves a West African peanut soup that is a hot item both in its demand and flavour. The rich, creamy soup releases a surprising blast of cayenne pepper at the end of each spoonful. Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave, 975-2659.
Promenade Bistro’s Chef Gojko is a wizard of the stockpot. The lobster bisque’s silky base is both mellow and slightly piquant, while soft morsels of lobster evoke oceanic flavour. 130 Provencher Blvd, 233-7030.