If there’s one dish that dominates our lunch and dining thoughts, it’s wonderful, warming, hearty, healthy, flavour-packed, fabulous soup.
Here’s a summary of the very best soups – the Soupquest exceptionals – that we’ve sampled on our travels. This will be regularly updated, as new and intriguing soupy soups are consumed.
Al Dente – Cappelletti in Brodo
A brilliant dish, packed with heaps of flavour, delivering a hugely satisfying effect. An inspired choice for their festive menu.
Alplings – Artisan Cheese
A simple soup featuring an Austrian low-fat cheese at its core, this was the kind of moreish plate of warming deliciousness that sustains the heart and soul.
The Apiary – Curried parsnip and chorizo
A delicious soup, with wonderful aromatics and sweetness.
The Atelier – Cauliflower
A beautifully presented, warmly spiced soup, which was oh so satisfying.
The Bon Vivant – Celeriac
Topped with toasted walnuts, this was a soup of distinction.
The Butterfly & the Pig – Cream of Chicken and Leek
Beautiful soft chunks of chicken set in a richly creamy soup made this one of the standout dishes of 2012.
The Caffeine Drip – Brown lentil
A warming an extremely hearty bowl of goodness, this was a really excellent dish, packed with flavour.
Castello Coffee – Yellow split pea daal
Packed with aromatic spicing, the daal soup was deeply satisfying.
Castle Terrace – Broccoli and Blue Cheese
A gem of a dish, as you would expect from our most recent Michelin star recipient. Knockout flavours perfectly balanced to achieve maximum satisfaction.
Crolla’s – Cock-a-leekie
A perfectly seasoned, traditional delight from a really friendly little New Town cafe.
Edinburgh Larder – Ham, Broccoli and Watercress
A wonderful combination of flavours, showcasing excellent local produce. The Edinburgh Larder is a magnificent place and their soup is gorgeous.
Edinburgh Larder – Sweet potato and chilli, with wild garlic flower tempura
A soup with a lot of elements that worked in really well-judged harmony.
Field – Apple and celeriac
The finest soup of 2013, this creamy and well-balanced blend of apple and celeriac, topped with walnuts, was simple and elegant, just like the restaurant in which it was served.
Forsyth’s Tearoom – Broccoli and stilton
The place is a curious little tourist-focussed nook, but the soup is absolutely first rate, with this broccoli and stilton one of the finest I’ve been served.
Gamba – Fish
This all-time classic is profoundly flavourful and richly indulgent.
Girvans – Cauliflower
A wonderful soup served in lovely surroundings in Inverness.
Happy Bean Cafe – Haggis and roasted mushroom
A deeply satisfying soup showcasing Scotland’s national dish.
Joseph Benjamin – Carrot, lemon and ginger
A soup of great elegance, style and depth of flavour.
Lezzetli – Cream of Spinach
Deeply green, packed with Popeye goodness, and beautifully seasoned, this soup was an absolute winner.
Magna Hungaria – Chicken
A light chicken broth packed with deliciously buttery vegetables and soft chicken pieces, this was a Hungarian delight and an absolute winner.
New Town Deli – Lentil, sweet potato, and cardamom
Lovely notes of aromatic spice raised this plain looking soup to another level. Lovely consistency and beautiful flavour.
Porto & Fi – Sweetcorn, coconut and chilli
A perfect winter sunshine soup. Warming, with beautifully judged spicing. Really high quality stuff.
Purslane – Celeriac
Beautifully seasoned and crammed with flavour, this was a wonderful bowl of autumnal majesty.
Rafael’s – Potato, asparagus and dill
A wonderful combination of flavours in this velvety soup made it a complete joy.
Seasons – Jerusalem artichoke
A very bonnie and deeply satisfying soup.
Souped Up – Leek and potato
With a whisper of mustard running through it, this was a hearty and deliciously warming soup.
Stage Door Cafe Bistro – Celeriac, pine nut and truffle oil
A rich and creamy treat, with delicious depth added by the pine nuts and oil.
Stockbridge Restaurant – Jerusalem artichoke and bacon
A beautifully balanced soup with very well-judged texture and seasoning.
Strumpets – courgette, potato and cheddar
A beautifully judged and exquisitely velvetty soup, this was a dish of distinction.
Sushiya – Miso
Quite simply, the best miso soup in the city.
Union of Genius – “Big Green”
Full of green vegetable goodness, with lovely citrus notes, this was a fantastic, reviving soup, from Edinburgh’s premier soup cafe.
The Walnut – “Carrot, black pepper and bacon”
An invigorating soup, with black pepper firmly as an ingredient rather than a condiment.
Wedgwood – Pork fillet and black pudding in pea and ham soup
The soup was a sweet and velvety dream-like substance, perfectly uniting the meaty elements of this elegant starter.
Whiski Rooms – Cauliflower
Spectacularly good. Perfect, velvety texture and bursting with flavour. Magnificent!
White House Kitchen – Split pea and bacon
A fantastic version of a classic combination that warmed the depths of the soul.
Yellow Bench – Borscht
An absolutely outstanding soup, beautifully seasoned, with a wonderful balance of flavours.