The Soup Spoon
The Soup Spoon started its first retail outlet at Raffles City in Jun 2002. If this company has one thing on its mind - it's creating a sensational product that will turn The Soup Spoon into the premier soup establishment in Singapore. Soup should not be relegated to the wings as a bit player - it deserves a place on centre stage! That's what The Soup Spoon is all about. Creating a soup culture, where soup takes its rightful place as the focus of a meal. We aim to provide innovative, fresh and nutritious soups that stand alone, filling enough to satisfy the hungriest patron. We're all about changing people's attitudes to what soup can be - a wholesome meal in itself and a divine culinary experience. In time, the soup culture will produce soup connoisseurs, capable of detecting subtle flavours, nuances and characteristics of a soup, just like wine aficionados.
Despite the calories, I love the bread bowls, even if it does mean I have to run an extra 5kms after I eat one.
I mentioned the words “by and large”. I have had one bad experience where I felt that the bread was old, stale, ancient, hard: I spoke to the manager. I wrote to the owners. The reply? Sir must be mistaken. That upset me. The customer is always right, right?
But I have forgiven them. One bad apple may spoil a barrel but one stale loaf of bread can be used as croutons, in stuffing, to make breadcrumbs and, if the worst comes to the worst, can be thrown at burglars.
So go along, and enjoy. Their soups are great.
The soups are thick and flavourful, with each bowl of soup usually comes with a side of artisanal bread. The first soup I tried was the mushroom soup, which was chockful of sliced mushrooms and was creamy and rich. The bread, although not warm, was an excellent accompaniment to the hearty soup.
My first experience at The Soup Spoon totally changed my outlook on Western-style soups and following that, I have tried various soups at The Soup Spoon. I am not disappointed by the different soups that I have tasted thus far. A nice warm bowl of soup indeed warms the heart, and The Soup Spoon has warmed my heart with their delicious soups.
The Soup Spoon serves soups that are hearty, substantial, and definitely filling. I usually recommend first-timers the Beef Goulash or Tokyo Chicken Stew, which are also both personal favourites of mine. The Beef Goulash provides generous servings of beef chunks, potatoes, and carrots - more than enough to fill your tummy. The clear soup of the Tokyo Chicken Stew may be less filling, but it has a homely, almost nostalgic, taste that you will find yourself craving even weeks after.
Meals here are on the pricey side, which may put off diners greatly. But The Soup Spoon is a place that you have to try at least once in your life - maybe then you’d realise that the money you’re forking out is worth the value.
Whatever it is the soup you order, you can be assured that it will be two things: hot, and homely. Having tried their Boston Clam Chowder, Velvety Mushroom Stroganoff, Tangy Tomato, and their Simon/Garfunkel Chicken and Mushroom Ragout, I can safely say that while their different soups offer different variety and flavours, they are all tasty nonetheless. They are certainly generous with their ingredients when it matters - plenty of mushroom in their VMS and clams/seafood in their clam chowder.
They keep 8 soups on their permanent list - these are soups that people have generally shown to like, but if you get bored of them, The Soup Spoon has seasonal promotions where they have "chef speciality" soups (with three choices) which can spice up your Soup Spoon experience if you've grown tired of drinking the same soups over and over again.
Of course, there are also their wraps and salads, which are done surprisingly well for a company which specialises in soups. For under $15, you can get a full (and rather filling) meal with a half salad/wrap (which really, is a full one especially if you're a light eater), soup, bread, and a drink (I recommend Ice Lemon Tea since it comes in a cup instead of a can).
The Soup Spoon provides a wholesome and complete meal experience - it's my go to restaurant when I'm feeling under the weather, in the mood for something lighter (that's where the salads come in), or simply have no idea where to go. Their homely environment and warm soup will complete your experience. On a final note - they also offer a 10% discount with NTUC or Nebo cards, so that's quite a plus point there.
I love the SG chicken and mushroom ragout, meatless minestrone and tokyo chicken stew, although I find meatless minestrone and chicken stew not filling enough for me. Hence, I will usually order a set with the Caesar salad.
I like it that when I order the set meal, I have the freedom to choose between a drink, a packet of chips or an apple.
It's always a delight to see a huge bowl of warm soup sitting right under your nose, and it's an even greater delight when it fills your tummy with utmost comfort. So far I think The Soup Spoon is the best place for soupaholics like myself to get a filling soup fix! I aim to try the bread bowl the next time I visit because soup in a bread bowl sounds extreeeemely tasty.
The Tangy Tomato soup is my favourite because it's just the right amount of sour and spicy. I prefer thick soups compared to clear, bland ones, so Soup Spoon's soups are perfect for my taste buds. I also love the bread that comes with the soup, whether it's the multi-grain nutty one or the plain one, both work equally well as something for me to mop up the last drops of soup with.
It's a great place to go to if you want to catch up with your friends, because it's never too noisy for you to have to shout.
I haven’t tried a whole lot of their different soup flavours but know that you can never go wrong with a bowl of their Velvety Mushroom. The soup is generously strewn with mushroom bits and have a deep, rich flavour. I also love the small multi-grain bun that comes with it. Perfect for dipping into the soup or eating it on its own!
Price wise, it can range from $8 to $11 and maybe even more per bowl. Not very affordable as an everyday meal for students like myself, but still a welcome end-of-week treat!
I don't really like their bread because it has a queer sour taste to it. Their outlet down at Kallang Leisure Park is big and has ample space even during dinner time. It also has a great atmosphere; as a graphic designer, I was already pulled in by the interior design of their store. It's a great place to sit down with friends to chat, especially if you just want to unwind after a long day and take your own time.
This is more about the bad service I went through one evening. Soup spoon is free seating, but any self-respecting customers would form a line especially if there was only one narrow entrance to the shop. I arrived to a lady waiting at the entrance so I naturally assumed the position behind her. Another teenage boy and his mother (just a guess) came after me but decided to go around the lady in front me and I and scurry for places inside.
None of the staff who witnessed this happening stopped them. In fact they helped them look for tables! I just stood there dumbfounded, engaging in my own pity-party. I got a table and my wrap in the end but also ended up feeling like a really stupid customer.