Posts Tagged ‘soup’

Carrot soup in Gail’s

November 25, 2017

A cold afternoon in Farnham.

A heron catches my eye as I walk along the riverside walk.

From Gostey Meadow I cut through alleyways to Castle Street.

Soup, maybe something savoury, a cheese and tomato bread roll, in Gail’s artisan bakery.

No bread rolls, I settle for the carrot soup, carrot and ginger.

Service has been appalling in Gail’s ever since it opened sometime last summer, today no exception. Rarely see the same staff twice though individual members of staff try their best and are always polite.

First find a clean table. Tables piled with dirty dishes. I find one that does not have dirty dishes, but it is not clean.

My soup comes, or what jokingly is called soup arrives. A few spoonfuls of puree carrots, bowl filled with cubes of soggy bread, is not soup.

I use the serviette to rest my phone on, as I did not wish to rest on the dirty sticky table.

I have to ask for butter, then ask for a  knife.

Waitress walks by, looks at the disgusting soup, stops and asks is it ok? I say no, it is disgusting. She offers to do something, I am not sure what, I say no.

During the summer, one thing that could be relied upon at Gail’s, when  available, was the soup.

The coffee is awful, they are using Union, and not doing Union any favours.

I leave for Krema, where I know I will at least get a decent cup of coffee.

Soup and cappuccino at Krema

October 22, 2016
cappuccino

cappuccino

I was pleased to find, now the weather has turned cold, that soup is back on the menu at Krema.

Excellent tomato and pepper soup, with a I think they said Wenslydale cheese. Big chunk of bread. Generous portion size.

A trip to the butcher, then back for a cappuccino and flapjack.

I noticed cascara on the board. I asked. Yes, it was a new addition.

Krema serve as tea, in a tea pot. Contrast with Coffee Lab who prepare and serve cold.

Excellent soup in Barista Lounge

September 3, 2016

Fine drizzle. As I reached Downing Street, the heavens opened. I just made Barista Lounge before I was soaked.

Excellent soup. Wild mushroom with spinach and rice. Nice presentation too.

I am not sure why, the cook came and had a chat with me. Asked me what I thought. I told her it was excellent. I am not sure she believed me.

I cannot say that of the coffee. It was not good. Not bad, but could be better.  They need to source better coffee beans. It was also too hot.

The coffee is variable.

I have had excellent coffee, undrinkable coffee and not so good coffee.

Barista Lounge closes at five. I am surprised for summer not six, though Farnham is quiet after four. I was there to almost six. I would have got soaked if I had left earlier.

Soup at Wild Food Cafe

April 20, 2016
Wild Food Cafe

Wild Food Cafe

Turkish lentil soup

Turkish lentil soup

The only reason I was here, Home Slice was busy and I had an hour to kill.

On walking in, very noisy, oppressively so.

All the tables were taken. I was invited to take a bar stool, sit at a shelf overlooking the kitchen.

When taking the order, neither I nor the person standing in the kitchen, could hear each other, such was the level of oppressive noise.

Turkish lentil soup, tasty, generous portion size, but like everything else on the menu, expensive and overpriced.

When paying over a fiver for a bowl of soup, expect at least the bread to be free.  But no.

Did I want bread. No.

I then changed my mind, and ordered what I thought was seeded bread. No, what appeared was a minuscule portion of seeds, somehow glued together, not much bigger than a 50p piece.

staff fare

staff fare

One of the staff came and sat with me. I asked what she was eating. She explained, adding, it was not on the menu. Staff apparently get a far better deal. It looked marginally better than what I saw being served from the kitchen.

Pretentious, noisy and overpriced, Wild Food Cafe very poor compared with Food for Thought, which is sadly no more, closed down last year, much loved and much missed, driven out of business by a greedy grasping landlord driving up the rent to unaffordable levels.

I then departed for Home Slice where I knew I would get an excellent pizza.

Wild Food Cafe is located in Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden.

Sopa en Selma y Lovisa

February 29, 2016
mushroom soup

mushroom soup

Excellent mushroom soup.

Broccoli and cheese soup at Caffe Macchiato

July 9, 2015
broccoli and cheese soup

broccoli and cheese soup

Too late to eat, and not feeling hungry, I asked for broccoli and cheese soup. It was excellent.

Summer soups

  • pea soup
  • tomato soup
  • watercress soup

Summer soups are light.

As it was a pleasant afternoon, I then sat outside with a cappuccino.

Pea and mint soup at Glutton & Glee

July 1, 2014
pea and mint soup

pea and mint soup

First Tuesday of the month is farmers market in Guildford High Street.

It was too nice a day to be indoors so that ruled out the Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage. I thought The Keystone, their back courtyard is pleasant on a warm day, but I did not fancy walking down the High Street, cross the river to The Keystone. I decided therefore, a bowl of soup at Glutton & Glee, then get something to eat off the farmers market.

A bowl of pea and mint soup. The portion was generous, though not piping hot, somewhere between lukewarm and hot. A choice of bread, sour dough, granary or white bread. I would have preferred wholemeal. Several slices, which I was surprised to find already buttered.

The soup had a hint of spices, though I know not what, which masked the mint. Maybe ginger.

Tasty, though at £4-95, somewhat pricey for a bowl of soup.

Lunch at Café Mila

March 13, 2014
carrot and coriander soup

carrot and coriander soup

stuffed sweet potato and salad

stuffed sweet potato and salad

tea and a Bakewell tart

tea and a Bakewell tart

Delicious carrot and coriander soup.

Followed by stuffed sweet potato and salad.

Then following a walk along the River Wey, for afternoon tea a Bakewell tart and a tea.

On the walls downstairs and upstairs, a photographic exhibition.

Sopa verde en El Limón

March 7, 2014
sopa verde

sopa verde

Sopa verde en El Limón

Late Lunch at Food for Thought

October 20, 2013
soup and salad

soup and salad

delicious food

delicious food

scrunch

scrunch

I thought, as it was mid-afternoon, Food for Thought may be quiet. No such luck, it was packed.

A group of ignorant Australians walked past everyone, bagged an empty table, then pushed in to order their food. I pointed out, order your food, then find a table. They told me they could do as they liked.

The reason they have this sytem is because Food for Thought is very small. Order and pay for your food, then hope for a table.

Spinach, courgette and dill soup with a salad. I added a slice of bread and butter.

The spinach was overdone and made it very strong tasting.

For desert scrunch together with a pot of tea.

On the wall, paintings by Meredith Owen inspired by a trans-Siberian journey. The paintings could have been larger and when will artists learn not to hide behind glass.

I was sat next to an artist. He agreed, put behind glass, and all you see are reflections.

I picked up two copies of the book Food for Thought.

Food for Thought, a vegetarian restaurant in Neal Street, just north of Covent Garden Tube Station.