Soup Quest

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.

Jerusalem artichoke soup from The Stockbridge Restaurant

Jerusalem artichoke soup from The Stockbridge Restaurant

Al DenteCappelletti in Brodo
A brilliant dish, packed with heaps of flavour, delivering a hugely satisfying effect. An inspired choice for their festive menu.

AlplingsArtisan 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 ApiaryCurried parsnip and chorizo
A delicious soup, with wonderful aromatics and sweetness.

The AtelierCauliflower
A beautifully presented, warmly spiced soup, which was oh so satisfying.

The Bon VivantCeleriac
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 DripBrown lentil
A warming an extremely hearty bowl of goodness, this was a really excellent dish, packed with flavour.

Castle TerraceBroccoli 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.

Club SandwichPotato and Double Gloucester
Beautifully judged potato soup with wonderful explosions of flavour from the cheese.

Crolla’sCock-a-leekie
A perfectly seasoned, traditional delight from a really friendly little New Town cafe.

Edinburgh LarderHam, 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 LarderSweet potato and chilli, with wild garlic flower tempura
A soup with a lot of elements that worked in really well-judged harmony.

FieldApple 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 TearoomBroccoli 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.

GambaFish
This all-time classic is profoundly flavourful and richly indulgent.

GirvansCauliflower
A wonderful soup served in lovely surroundings in Inverness.

Happy Bean CafeHaggis and roasted mushroom
A deeply satisfying soup showcasing Scotland’s national dish.

LezzetliCream of Spinach
Deeply green, packed with Popeye goodness, and beautifully seasoned, this soup was an absolute winner.

New Town DeliLentil, sweet potato, and cardamom
Lovely notes of aromatic spice raised this plain looking soup to another level. Lovely consistency and beautiful flavour.

Porto & FiSweetcorn, coconut and chilli
A perfect winter sunshine soup. Warming, with beautifully judged spicing. Really high quality stuff.

PurslaneCeleriac
Beautifully seasoned and crammed with flavour, this was a wonderful bowl of autumnal majesty.

Rafael’sPotato, asparagus and dill
A wonderful combination of flavours in this velvety soup made it a complete joy.

SeasonsJerusalem artichoke
A very bonnie and deeply satisfying soup.

Souped UpLeek and potato
With a whisper of mustard running through it, this was a hearty and deliciously warming soup.

Stage Door Cafe BistroCeleriac, pine nut and truffle oil
A rich and creamy treat, with delicious depth added by the pine nuts and oil.

Stockbridge RestaurantJerusalem artichoke and bacon
A beautifully balanced soup with very well-judged texture and seasoning.

Strumpetscourgette, potato and cheddar
A beautifully judged and exquisitely velvetty soup, this was a dish of distinction.

SushiyaMiso
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.

WedgwoodPork 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 RoomsCauliflower
Spectacularly good. Perfect, velvety texture and bursting with flavour. Magnificent!

White House KitchenSplit pea and bacon
A fantastic version of a classic combination that warmed the depths of the soul.

Yellow BenchBorscht
An absolutely outstanding soup, beautifully seasoned, with a wonderful balance of flavours.