As well as keeping your heart warm this winter in a cosy apartment at Docklands Private Collection of Apartments,multicultural Melbourne will serve up an array of piping hot soups to warm the cockles. Follow this list to slurp your way through the city’s best bowls.
The Soup Place
Settle in for a hearty and healthy serving of gourmet goodness. Made daily and free from preservatives, colours or additives, soups at this inner-city eatery include beef burgundy or potato, leek and bacon. Mop it up with fresh olive bread or add on a zatar with meatballs or falafel. Order a juice or a sweet if you want to keep cosy for a little longer. The Soup Place has heart, too. Every customer has the option of paying it forward and buying a bowl for someone less fortunate.
Find it at 14 Centre Place in the CBD.
Head here if you’re ready to ravish some ramen. With its roots in the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen, Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture, the chain now has fans all the way through America and Europe. Start with wasabi prawn guacamole, and move on to the restaurant’s signature dish, the Shiromaru Motoaji. The creamy tonkotsu broth is cooked for 18 hours and topped with pork loin, bean sprouts, spring onion and black fungus.
Drop in at Shop 18, Artemis Lane, QV Lonsdale Street.
I Love Pho
If you do too, this is the place for your next broth. This is a no frills but full flavour experience. Each bowl is bursting with the elements of an exceptional Vietnamese pho – fragrant broth, tender cuts and silky noodles. Choose from chicken, beef or vego – and go on, add some of the gloriously crunchy prawn spring rolls as a soul-warming side.
It’s at 264 Victoria Street, Richmond.
More than 23 herbs and spices go into one tasty bowl of bak kut teh at this must-stop city eatery. All soups are made from traditional Lee family recipes, with an added cosmopolitan twist to tantalise every taste bud. As well as hearty herbal broths, there’s also mee goreng, char grilled pork belly and smoky clay-pot creations.
Swing by at 205 Russell Street, Melbourne CBD.
Chinta Ria Soul
More of a laksa lover? Get ready to fall head over heels here. It’s the signature dish at Chinta, with a rich coconut base and layers of flavours and aroma. We’re eyeing off the seafood offering with bean curd puffs, fish cakes, king prawns, calamari, bean shoots and green beans. Load up on their sides including roti canai, duck rolls and loh bak.
Pop in at 94 Acland Street, St Kilda.