Take your taste-buds on a journey of discovery and adventure
Can't be bothered cooking? Eating on the run? 'The Soup Shop' is your answer. Gary and Kadey's second edition of their soup and salad eatery has just opened in the city. You will find this newbie in Vardon Ave, just across the lane-way from the Belgian Beer Bar, behind Rundle Street in the East End. They serve nutritious and delicious, gourmet soups and salads in takeaway containers. You have the option to dine in or to go!
Gary & Kadey, the owners, are committed to using fresh, local and seasonal produce in their soups & salads. They feel this fits with the history of the precinct, in which their modern food outlet is situated, at the old home of the East End Market Company and Adelaide Fruit & Produce Exchange.
A lot of thought has gone into the design and layout of the shop. With the counter against the wall, this open plan space exhibits its colour and graphic applications well. The ottoman seating gives the room an uncluttered, low-rise feeling. It's a modern, fresh and well designed brand.
Marija (pronounced Maia) and Jessica are the resident front of house staff. You will appreciate their friendly and helpful manner.
The inviting mood lighting creates an intimate atmosphere at night.
The warming kettles are accompanied by cheerful signs that sport cleverly thought-out names for each soup, such as, Farmer Chicken Joe (chicken and corn), Grandma's Homemade Soup (potato and roast pumpkin), Anup's Soup (curry vege), The Big Soup (minestrone), The Chimney (smoky chirizo and vege) and Crazy Love (capsicum, asparagus and coconut cream).
The Soup Shop caters for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores in both the soup & salad options.
On the night we rocked up for soup, my other half chose 'The Chimney'. He believes it was aptly named and two words came to mind. Hot! Smoke! He could smell the smokey chorizo before he even got it to his mouth. He could also taste the chilli heat after the mouthful was gone. I went straight for 'Farmer Chicken Joe', it's one of my favourite flavours and this version did not disappoint. I loved the large pure chunks of chicken and generous amount of corn kernels in this tasty and hearty little number.
The open front fridge is well labelled, making it easy for you to rock up and choose a salad to suit your appetite and palette.
Of course, if you are not in the mood for soup, there are a range of exciting salad combinations to choose from. The salad choices also feature fun names. These are: Gorbachev (Russian with Tuna) , Louisiana Banger (Cajun with chicken), Moroccan (vegan) and Muay Thai (Thai Beef). Please note that planned menu changes will mean the above options will change over time. However, two things are bound to remain the same. They will be delicious! They will be nutritious!
The self serving garnish station gives you a sense of freedom and discovery.
The self serving garnish station allows you to add a zing to your soup and another taste dimension to explore. It also gives you a way to personalise your experience. The night we visited, they had 8 options on offer. They were, dried and fresh rosemary, fresh basil, Italian parsley and coriander, dried oregano, chilli flakes and tzatziki. My suggestion is to add a little then taste it with your soup, to see if the combo fits with your palette. Or maybe just go crazy and add a little of everything & see what happens! All the best with your garnishing adventures. Feel free to share your favourite combinations in the comments box below.
I went here today and I had the curry veg soup. The lady serving was lovely. She said I was free to taste some other flavours but I liked the taste of the veg one I had tried, and I also feel kind of awkward tasting too much stuff for free...
The soup was good, lots of flavour, quite spicy for my usual wimp level of spice tolerance but I was okay with it.
I think I'll try the minestrone or potato and pumpkin next time...
Inspired by your review, I went there today and it was great. Nice space, friendly staff and the chorizo soup was delish. I didn't find it very spicy - perhaps they have toned it down? The crust multigrain rolls were yummy, too. Thanks for letting us know about it.