What’s the perfect way to warm you up during a cold winter’s day? A hearty bowl of soup! Filling, comforting and easy on the pocket, this meal option is definitely a delightful choice amidst the chilling Melbourne winter. Here are some of our favourite spots:
The Soup Place
Stay warm with soups such as beef burgundy or vegetable and lentil, served with fresh olive bread, at The Soup Place. All soups are made daily, free of preservatives, colours or additives. Pay additional $3.50 when you pick up your soup buy a ‘pay it forward’ bowl for someone in need.
Saluministi takes you on a journey through Italy. Meals are made fresh to order, using seasonal produce and traditional flavours. Don’t miss their seasonal minestrone, which makes regular appearances during the winter months.
In a Rush
In a Rush serves a delicious array of freshly prepared soups, salads, toasted paninis and hand-cut sandwiches. Spicy Moroccan soup, or potato, leek and bacon are some of the soul-warming choices.
Also check out Soul Soup Café located in the heart of the uni precinct, specialising in homemade soup and nutritious hearty fare. Old favourites on the menu include curried lentil, split pea and ham, minestrone and Thai red curry. If you’re in need of a gluten-free option, try Souperman, which makes all its soups daily from scratch. Wednesday nights at the Winter Night Market, grab a steaming cup of bone broth or a hearty soup served in its own bread bowl. If you are craving classic French onion soup, head to the French Brasserie.
If you’re looking for other soup dishes – look no further! We have you covered even if you’re craving a steamy bowl of pho, ramen or laksa.
For the authentic Vietnamese flavours, head to Mekong for rice or noodles in a rich, well-spiced broth, A light lunch will set you back less than $10. Make sure you try their signature beef pho.
Pho nom prides itself as the true street food of Vietnam using the best boutique local produce. Their stock is MSG free and made from Warialda Beef bones and Milawa Free Range poultry.
Mr Ramen San
All the way from Kyushu, Japan, Mr Ramen San is a tiny but cosy Japanese bar serving authentic ramen. Their soup is made in the traditional Kyushu style, with pork bones in white broth. Charsu (roast pork) is tendered and char-grilled with peppercorns before serving. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.
Late night ramen cravings? Don’t worry! Shujinko is a 24-hour Japanese ramen restaurant,with dishes made from handmade noodles and quality ingredients. Be sure to check out their extensive collection of anime figurines on the shelf. If you’re after dipping noodles, try Hakata Gensuke. Gensuke tonkotsu soup is made using the highest quality fresh pork bones. Considered slightly more chewy and flatter than typical Hakata style, patrons can choose the firmness of their noodles.
Chinta Ria Soul
If you’re after the spicy and aromatic coconut flavours of curry laksa, look no further than Chinta Ria Soul. This popular restaurant captures the essence of Malaysian hawker-style cuisine, with a contemporary twist. Their signature laksa features a rich coconut base and is bursting with aroma and flavour.
If you like to mix-and-match, Rice On lets you pick your choice of noodle, broth and ingredients to do with it. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try Aunty Franklee. Their traditional Malaysian herbal broth, made with pork bones, is a great winter warmer.