It’s that time of winter, when the warm weather begins to thaw the snow and wake up all the viruses; everyone seems to be getting sick. There’s no cure for the common cold, of course, but it never hurts to drown your sorrows in some hot soup. Here are our favourite bowls in town.
Mildred Pierce saucier Ravi Kanagarajah opened this club district establishment in 2007, and he’s gotten non-stop food critic love since. While the chicken hot pot broth is the specialty, the true delight is Happy Hour, when all soups are half price (5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Fridays). 322 Adelaide St. W., 647-435-8365 .
Widely acclaimed as the best pho joint in town, Golden Turtle serves up a Vietnamese rare beef soup that’s approved by the restaurant’s co-owner, celeb chef Susur Lee. Vegetarian options like the tofu and vegetable noodle soup are equally satisfying. 125 Ossington Ave., 416-531-1601 .
Le Bar A Soupe
This tiny space offers three unique and delicious soups a day, and posted on the wall is a monthly soup schedule, which makes it easy to arrange visits according to personal tastes. Plan to take out: The odds of scoring a table are slim. 164 Ossington Ave., 416-533-9825 .
Jacques Bistro du Parc
This Yorkville hideout makes the list on the strength of its French onion soup alone. With its thick layers of Swiss emmenthal, Jacques boasts the finest recipe this side of Calais for what’s become a Canadian winter classic. 126A Cumberland St., 416-961-1893 .
(Photo courtesy of Brandi Valenza on Flickr)