Sure we’ve been blessed with a warm-ish winter so far, but we’re still waiting for that inevitable winter cold front to push us back indoors or force us to bundle up with five separate layers. When the thermometer goes much below zero, there’s nothing better than coming in from a chilly walk to a hot bowl of steaming soup. Whether you’re a ramen fanatic or you can’t get enough of that cream of broccoli, Calgary has stepped up its soup-game this winter. Get ready for a soup extravaganza, because we don’t know how you’ll pick just one! Explore all four corners of the city to get a taste of these flavourful bowls.
Who’s in the mood for Pho Huong’s beef sate noodle soup?! Or perhaps you’re craving a warm bowl of their savoury wonton soup. This Vietnamese restaurant was so popular that they expanded to two locations in Calgary, serving a wide variety of Vietnamese subs, savoury noodle soups, flavourful vermicelli and vegetarian dishes. Whether you want to dine in or take out, Pho Huong Viet has the soup and flavourful dishes that you’ve been craving on cold winter days.
For everything authentically Japanese, Jinya is your one-stop-shop. Jinya founder, Tomonori Takahashi, opened his first location in Tokyo in 2000 to follow his father’s legacy of owning a restaurant based on three principles: delicious food at reasonable prices that are accessible to all. Upon visiting the United States in 2010, Tomonori realized that authentic Japanese food to his liking was not to be found, thus Jinya was brought overseas. You will now find North Americans enjoying big bowls of ‘tonkotsu spicy’, ‘spicy creamy vegan’ or ‘old skool ramen’ where the broth has simmered for over ten hours to get that full flavoured taste that we all know and love.
This regular order of grilled cheese and tomato soup just got upgraded to roasted red pepper soup. Served in a darling wooden bowl, the creamy goodness of this creation blends with the savoury tastes of roasted vegetables and seasoned to perfection. Add this as a side dish to any of One Night Stans’ reasonably priced meals for a warm, hearty meal. It’s worth the trip, we promise.
Yes, the talented kitchen staff at Cleaver have outdone themselves again. Check this video out: chicken and sweet corn chowder in a bread bowl topped with green onion and bacon. But wait, there’s more. Two of these bowls come on a platter alongside quinoa-crushed onion rings, seasoned fries and more. This exquisite meal for two comes to only $30 – what are you waiting for?! Brace yourselves from that cold winter air with a full belly of warm chowder.
Located in the heart of Kensington, this traditional ramen bar is always lined up out the door. Whether you’re in the mood for a warm bowl of spicy soup, extravagant sushi rolls or the chef’s creation of the day, Ikemen will have your mouth watering the second you step in the door. Which of these bowls will be your favourite: roasted tomato, tom yum or green curry? Bring your appetite Calgary, because you know you’ll want to try more than one dish!
A Canadian born company that has grown to be a staple in many cities across the country, Cactus Club never ceases to amaze us with their simple yet elegant menu options. With their trendy lounges and large open-air patios, this hot-spot attracts the working crowd, girls-night-out, happy hour seekers and appetizer fiends. This winter, Cactus Club is featuring a warm, cheesy, creamy celeriac soup – need we say more? Bundle up and enjoy this hot bowl of creamy goodness in one of their three Calgary locations.
Basil Ultimate Pho
This hidden gem, located in Calgary’s northeast, hosts one of the best pho sate bo in the city. Calgary residents post time and time again on Instagram that they couldn’t stay away from Basil’s beef sate for a minute longer. Whether you want pho, vermicelli or one of their countless, delicious appetizers, Basil will have it hot and ready before you know it. Grab your pals and head down to Basil Ultimate Pho for a warm bowl anytime of day.
Which one will you be trying next? Grab a spoon and start slurping, Calgary!
Kelsey is the Editorial & Events Manager for Date Night. Monday-Friday she works as an independent Marketing & Communications Contractor, providing writing, editing and digital marketing services for small businesses here in YYC. When she’s not busy writing about our city, you can usually find her trying the newest fitness studio, exploring the Rockies or chasing the sun – whether here in AB or halfway across the world.