The chill in the air in this season makes you ravenous. While woollens give you warmth, it is the hot bowl or cuppa soup that provides the ultimate comfort for your body and soul. Bubbling, rich and packed with wintry flavours, an aromatic hot soup can be the perfect healthy precursor to a meal in winter. Soups can be clear or with vegetables, meat and seafood, depending upon one’s preference. Interestingly, every cuisine offers soups. But of course, soups consumed in winter are a little different, owing to the use of ingredients that are meant to keep the body warm and strengthen the immune system. Restaurants in Mumbai offer enough options, across cuisines and there is a soup for everyone. My top 5 picks:
Laksa at Pa Pa Ya, Colaba
This traditional coconut flavoured broth, with a dash of lemon, is tantalising for the palate and exceedingly well-made. The spices appease the taste buds and it is the perfect choice for winter.
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Minestrone at CinCin, BKC
This healthy and nutritious Italian broth – Minestrone, at CinCin, is robust and packed with flavours. Vegetables add the right crunch and the soup proves to be deeply satisfying.
Mushroom Cappuccino at Lume, Hotel Aureole, Andheri East
With a hint of garlic, this creamy mushroom soup is aromatic and palate-pleasing all the way. You can not possibly go wrong with this one and carnivores relish it with equal fervour. Served attractively, that further entices you and makes you opt for it.
Broccoli Almond Soup at Le Cafe, Chembur
This cute and cheerful café with an all-day dining menu offers some unique soups. The Broccoli Almond Soup is creamy, but not heavy and the broccoli florets and almond flakes, add an interesting bite, while the sour cream provides a unique flavour dimension. A filling soup which is ideal for this weather, do not miss this treat.
Crackling Tamaatar Soup at Bombay Brasserie, Worli
This comforting Plum Tomato Soup served with Crackling Wheat Crisps, is soulful and perks up your taste buds, with its distinct tangy flavours. A bowl of this, and you are off to a good start.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.