Friday's Treat: Soupe Du Jour
Now that the weather is getting chillier and the office air con is still raging like it’s mid-summer, I have been tucking into piping hot bowls of soup and a couple of rye crackers with butter to warm me up at lunch time.
I normally stock up on various Heinz soups and at about 80p a go, they are the definition of ‘cheap and cheerful’.
On Fridays however, I like to treat myself to a lunch out. Whether that be a toastie and bag of popcorn from Pret, or a delicious serving of Eggs Benedict with a side of frites from Cafe Boheme on Old Compton Street in Soho (money off when you join their lunch club, FYI). But, with Christmas coming up, I’ve been really aware I need to try and save as much money as I can – even on Fridays – and was soon pointed in the direction of a relatively new little place named Soupe du Jour, located at 34 Lexington Street, Soho. So, off I went in search of new cheap and delicious offerings.
Because I’m curious and like to sneak a peak at the menu before I eat somewhere new, I headed on over to their website and had a quick read about them. They are clearly passionate about what they do and I urge you to take a look and read their story for yourself, as it’s really quite a lovely one.
The shop itself is incredibly friendly – you’re left to peruse the menu for however long you wish, without anyone barking at you for your order (absolute pet hate – just let me work out what I want, already!) and are even offered free samples so you can be sure you’re getting the exact type of soup you fancy.
I ordered THE MUSHROOM at under £5 (only available during October :( although they make special soups every month) plus juicy chunks of chicken breast for £1.20 with a side of free sunflower seed bread and a delicious little parcel of Mediterranean butter at just 40p.
You get a decent sized portion from these guys, so I wasn’t disappointed when I clapped eyes on my large steaming pot of goodness. I sometimes find mushroom soup to be a bit bitter and it normally takes me a while before I find myself enjoying it. But at Soupe du Jour, it were as if they had taken out everything I don’t like about this kind of soup and packed it full of mouth-watering flavour.
I’ve never tried Mediterranean butter before and I have to say that now no other kind will do. It was blended with just the right amount of herbs and spices so as to not over power the actual taste of the butter and complemented the bread extremely well – I dipped and dipped until there was nothing left.
So, it seems to me that if you’re looking for a hearty lunch to warm your cockles this winter, you are sure to find it over at Soupe du Jour. It won’t break the bank and most importantly, you’re getting a good meal made from “the finest locally sourced, seasonal produce”. What more could you want?
Overall rating: 10/10
Total cost: £6.40