Soups are absolutely comforting to start with for a wintery afternoon lunch. They warm up your insides and truly feels like a hug in a bowl. Using chunks of meat, vegetables and lentils in a soup makes it a one-pot meal simmering on stovetop. These wonderfully warm soups can be clear and light or thick and hearty either way retaining their deeply satisfying taste and smokiness, thanks to the crushed peppercorns that keeps the flu at bay. You can consume these with toasted bread, shredded cheddar, cut up smoky bacon bits, or freshly diced spring onions. Add a luscious spoon of cream to transform them into a rich-tasting broth or add strings of noodles and have fun slurping loudly. There are savoury chilled soups that are equally spectacular to their piping hot counterparts. As we all know winter is coming and it is going to get chilly out, so let’s all curl up in a blanket and become a burrito. Here are a list of places in Chennai where you’ll find the most gorgeous soups that are nutritious, delicious and perfect for a weeknight dinner or will serve as a beautiful, restaurant-brought addition to your cosy home-made brunch. Shall we begin?
Roasted Tomato Soup, Pantry D’or
You cannot resist this soup. The very aroma will set your taste buds drooling. Made using roasted and pureed plum tomatoes, olive oil, and basil, this soup has an impressive tang that is hard to get over. You’ll love the smokiness that the fruit, garlic cloves and thyme imparts to the soup. Served with a drizzle of cream and cheese, you can’t just have a spoon!
Cream of Broccoli, Shaack
This is a brilliant soup of pureed broccoli finished with cream and chicken and garnished with toasted nuts, croutons and frozen broccoli florets. They are thick and perfect to start your meal with. Opt for this deliciously healthy soup on your next visit to Shaack, you won’t regret it.
Zuppa Scilcli, Dario’s
This is a classic Italian mixed vegetable soup with fresh pasta and butter beans. It is nourishing and scrumptious and will leave you asking for more!
Egg Drop Chicken Soup, Tuscana Pizzeria
This is a clear chicken soup with minced chicken dumplings, spinach, parmesan cheese, and whisked egg. Garlic bread is served alongside the soup. Adding some tofu or boiled vegetables will turn it into a filling meal!
Mexican Corn Soup, Kaidi Kitchen
This wholesome bowl contains fresh corn kernels, onion, green chillis and cilantro in a vegetable broth thickened with sour cream and cheese and is served with tortilla chips. It is robust in flavour and spicy. The heat comes from smoke-dried jalapeño also known as Chipotle. You can get these delivered and prepare a fresh Mexican salsa or pico de gallo which is a salad made from chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, salt, shrimp, sausages, avocado, lime juice or apple cider vinegar, cucumber, radish or firm fruit such as mango.
Spicy pumpkin and Wild Black Mushroom soup, The Cascade
This velvety sweet soup is a must have on a cold winter day. This exotic soup is served with shavings of parmesan and ground pepper buttered wild mushrooms. The nutty flavour of pumpkin and the chewy mushrooms go incredibly well together!
Laksa, Azzuri Bay
This coconut-based curry soup is made with ground turmeric, chilly oil, bean sprouts, rice noodles and meat (chicken, prawn or fish) soaked in a full-bodied white gravy of creamy coconut milk.
Seafood Delight, Basil with a Twist
This is liquid feast for all the seafood lovers out there. It is made with prawns and fish bites infused with herbs in a slow-cooked chicken broth. Who wouldn’t love that!
Hot Basil and Pomedaro soup, Salt Restaurant
This righteous soup has roasted zucchinis, basil, and tomato blended and seasoned with Italian spices. The mouth-watering has begun!