Cheap Eat of the Week: the porcini mushroom wild rice bisque from RaviSoups
Brrrr. Light summery salads are gone and it’s one of my favourite times of the year: the season for hearty soups, spicy curries and giant bowls of noodles. Sure, there’s nothing like khao soi to hit the spot, but before Khao San Road, there was RaviSoups, the best soup in the city (without the attitude of Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi).
Behind the soups is Ravi Kanagarajah, a chef and saucier for over 10 years at some of the city’s top kitchens. He opened the very first RaviSoups location at Adelaide and Peter a few years ago, and has since opened other locations including the one on Queen West and, more recently, one on Dundas West.
At the original location, the backyard patio closes as the weather cools and it’s time to move inside to the large, wooden communal table with cozy stools fit for a hobbit hole. On the menu, there are favourites like the curried apricot and red lentil soup ($8) or the corn chowder with blue crab and Thai basil ($9). But just one whiff of the porcini mushroom wild rice bisque, complete with crispy shallots and truffle oil ($9), and you can’t help but be rendered completely powerless.
Each hearty bowl of delicious, warming, ingredient-packed soup comes complete with a fresh biscuit that’s as flakey as it is warm and soft on the inside. For the many frequent lunchgoers, there’s the $11 soup and wrap combo for additional fare. For those short on time, call ahead to place your order for pick-up.
RaviSoups, 322 Adelaide St. W., 647-435-8365
Gizelle Lau is a food and travel writer/photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.