Archive for the ‘Soup & Sandwich’ Category

Medium crab bisque, hold the Nazi

2007 October 12

Today I went for lunch at this great little takeout spot on Ossington: Le Bar à Soupe.


This place is kind of like the restaurant from the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld, execpt for the fact that the staff was pleasant – quite pleasant, in fact.  First of all, it’s takeout only – they have some wicker chairs by the window that you can use, but they don’t have the means (ie silverware and flatware) for people to legitimately dine in.  This led to the one beef I had with the place, and I’ll just get it out of the way right now – the soup is served in styrofoam.  Keeps the soup hot, sure, but bad for the enviro.  That being said, the good far outweighs the bad.  The format of this joint is a rotation of soups so that three are offered each day: one with meat or seafood, one vegetarian, and one vegan.  Today I had the black bean soup (veggie) which included crispy chips and a thick slice of bread.  At first I thought the consistency seemed a bit thin, but after tasting it I realized that it was just right.  A dollop of fresh cream and some cheese floating on top finished this delicious meal off really nicely.  Another thing that’s great about this place is its location.  It happens to be in very close proximity to my home, and brightens up the blooming Ossington food strip.

Here is the weekly menu, for the month of October 2007.  One can only assume that it will change, at least slightly, on a monthly basis:

Chicken with corn and red pepper
Butternut squash bisque (vegetarian)
Leek & thyme (vegan)

Meatballs & rice in tomato broth
Creame of potato with Cantal cheese (vegetarian)
Curried carrot & apple (vegan)

Cream of lentil with french white sausage
Vanilla cream with spiced bread (sweet – vegetarian)
Broad beans, leek & carrot (vegan)

Hongarian goulash (beef)
Curried wheat with green peas & mimolette (cheese) (vegetarian)
Mushroom & celery with garlic (vegan)

Manhattan clam chowder
Black beans with crispy tortillas (vegetarian)
Caramelized apple with cider (sweet – vegan)

White beans & sausage
Tomato & blue cheese with basil (vegetarian)
Pear simmered in BEaujolais with spices (sweet – vegan)

12 oz: $3.75|16 oz: $4.50|20 oz: $5.25|32 oz: $7.75 (all + taxes)

Le Bar à Soupe is located at 164 Ossington Avenue (2 blocks south of Dundas), and is open Monday to Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: noon to 7 p.m.  Closed Sunday, holidays.  416.533.9825

Fish Specialized

2007 July 31

For lunch yesterday I visited The Fish Store & Sandwiches.  I’ve been meaning to grab a sandwich from this place forever, but actually got around to it while I was waiting for my laundry to finish at Splish Splash, just down the street.


I really intended to get my sandwich for takeout, but when I put my order in and she asked if it was “for here or to go” I reconsidered and sat myself down on their quaint patio.  They have newspapers and magazines for patrons to read and it was hard to resist. 

Regarding my order, this place is what-you-see-is-what-you-get.  The whole place is only about as big as my mother’s walk-in closet, so it’s quite accessible.  You have the choice of about a dozen different kinds of fish for your sandwich.  This was a surprise as I thought it would just be a “fish” sandwich, kind of like a filet-o-fish.  Actually, you can have wild Atlantic salmon, lobster, halibut, cod or shrimp, among others.  I got grouper and, wow, was it ever excellent.  Served on a fresh bun (that I think comes from the Golden Wheat Bakery across the street) and garnished with what looks like lettuce but tastes like cilantro.  Mmmmmmm. 

I’m probably having one of these sandwiches at least once a week.

The Fish Store & Sandwiches is located at 657 College Street (at Beatrice) 416.533.2822