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eller | | Jun 5, 2007 04:36 PM

I'm surprised to see nobody's posted anything about this place yet! It's in the old Black Camel space on Adelaide W. which closed earlier this spring. The decor is exactly the same save for some new art on the walls, so I suppose it's easy to miss if you're not looking for it.

Feeling the effects of the cold that everyone around me's got, I went in for a bowl of warm hugs expecting an experience akin to what one can get while eating from the Soup Market in the TD Centre but I got something that has surpassed just about everything I've ever had before, or made from scratch for that matter. I ordered the chicken hot pot (approx $8) and was treated to a fantastic bowl of haute soup served on a lazy susan with proper cutlery, very nice chopsticks with a scone, yellow pepper jelly and what I thought was pistachio spread. No eating off of plastic here which made its price all the more reasonable.

My soup was bold in spices both hot and rich with prominent lemongrass, basil, ginger and a tiny bit of coriander. Generous amounts tender chicken with vegetables and Chinese egg noodle (I think) made it all very balanced and worth the price. Watching Ravi prepare each bowl for his guests made the wait and somewhat clumsy, yet hospitable service all worth it, for there was only love going into the bowl for all to consume.

A short blurb about Ravisoups appeared in The Star not too long ago which regailed Ravi as being the ex-Mildred Pierce 'Soup King' which in my opinion is too humble a title.

I can't be the only Chowhound in this city who's been here. I certainly don't want to be!

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