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Staff Picks: 10 Spots to Slurp Some Soup

Curried apricot and red lentil soup from RaviSoups

For a wintery warm-up, nothing tops a hot mug, bowl or bucket full of tasty soup*. The kind of soup that tickles your taste buds en route to warming your body after an afternoon of skating, skiing or snowball fighting. So raise a spoon to these ten Toronto soup slingers. (more…)

Hot Dining: Lovin’ Spoonful

Curried apricot and red lentil soup, available at RaviSoups

There’s nothing quite like a big, bowl of soup to help warm your body—and your spirits—in winter. But it’s not just chicken soup that’s good for the soul. In Toronto, these broth spots are good for whatever ails you.

1. Tasty takeaway joint RaviSoups (322 Adelaide St. W., 647-435-8365) offers culinary alchemy in soups and bisques like curried apricot and red lentil (pictured), and porcini and wild rice. Get your fill by ordering a succulent wrap, too.

2. Japanese eatery Konnichiwa (31 Baldwin St., 416-593-8538) welcomes guests with a large menu of favourites from sushi to teriyaki meats, but sizeable servings of udon noodle soup—with toppings like shrimp tempura, beef or vegetable fritters—are a cold-weather draw.

3. No-frills vegan haunt One Love Vegetarian Café (854 Bathurst St., 416-535-5683) is slightly outside of the downtown core, but its hearty Caribbean-style corn soup is well worth the wintry trek.

Hot Dining: Top Five Hearty Soups

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’sa favourite Ukrainian community gathering spotborscht 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.