“Once upon a time, there was a big, intimidating city called London, the financial hub of Europe. People used to work long, hard hours, sitting indoors, bereft of fresh air and sunshine. Their only respite was a hastened lunch break at one of the formulaic food chains such as Starbucks, Eat or Prêt-a-Manger, all offering roughly the same selection of sandwiches.
Then, one day, emerging from the sea of chains in London’s inner city, Soupe du Jour opened it’s doors, on a mission to nourish exhausted city workers with wholesome fresh made soups, using traceable ingredients from a farm in Oxfordshire. All cooked up to “Grandma recipes” from around the world and served in relaxing surroundings resembling a birch forest in Central Europe.”
This is the fairytale of Soupe du Jour. Founded by a German-French duo dedicated to bringing proper soups to Londoners . I visited the newly opened La City outlet last week to test drive the concept. Initially I was sceptical. After all, what’s so special about soups? I only tend to have them when I’m sick. On arrival at Soupe du Jour, I quickly become a convert. The dairy and gluten free soups create a genuine explosion of fresh tasty goodness on your taste buds: Thick and creamy, with whole chunks of fresh ingredients, not watery blandness. The Michelin trained chef creates a new soup daily (The Soupe du Jour), which sits alongside five always-available staples. You can customise your order by adding toppings such as meat balls, cheese crisps or chorizo.
Each soup comes with a freshly baked German rye bread which can be topped with mediterranean or herbal butter.
All ingredients are freshly sourced from free-range farms, ensuring a positive contribution to animal welfare.
- Booster: “The Chill” is made of minced beans, beef, tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, honey and paprika powder.
- Detox: “The Vegetable” is packed with celery, carrots, onions, white and red cabbage, parsley and nutmeg.
- Energy: “The Carrot”, filled with carrots, onions, orange juice, ginger and coconut milk.
Up for a coffee or tea and a scone after your main mail? I loved the coffee and chocolate scone. The cappuccino tasted just as good as in Rome, the coffee beans are sourced from a local supplier in Star Lane. If you fancy something savoury, try the pretzel or curry chilly scone.
Hopefully this post made you a little bit peckish. You can find Soupe du Jour in Soho and and in the city.
A big Thank you to Bérengère and the team from Soupe Du Jour for hosting me.