Soup is one of the most favourite starters in our country. There's a number of great restaurants in Dhaka which offer pretty good soups on their menu, but a few of these restaurants are quite popular for their soups only, and it's worth paying them a visit if you're craving this ultimate comfort food.
Tom Yum soup – 4.5/5
Thai Emerald is the ideal place if you are craving authentic Thai food. Using spices imported all the way from Thailand, the experienced chefs at this restaurant serve delectable Thai dishes, cooked to perfection. Also, the restaurant features a nature-inspired décor to let you enjoy a relaxing and cozy atmosphere.
If you're in the mood to have a good bowl of soup, you owe yourself a visit to this place – their Tom Yum soup is a must-try! There are three versions of it available at the restaurant – Tom Yum Kai, Tom Yum Goong and Tom Yum Talay. Tom Yum Kai comes with chicken, Goong comes with prawn while Talay consists of seafood. The soup is quite spicy and you can smell the aroma of fresh lime and all the other spices, while plenty of prawn, squid, and crab add extra flavour to it.
In a nutshell, the Tom Yum soup at Thai Emerald is highly recommended. It has a refreshing taste and will leave you feeling warm from the inside. Tom Yum Goong will cost you a little over Tk495, and three people can easily share it.
House # 24, Road # 2, Gulshan 1, Dhaka
House 54, Road 2, Sector 3, Uttara, Dhaka
Seafood soup with coconut milk – 4/5
Located in Uttara, this quaint little restaurant has a rustic feel to it. The décor transports you to a cozy countryside setting, and it's one of the best places if you want to treat yourself to a steaming hot bowl of soup.
If you want to enjoy a scenic view along with delicious food, you must start off with their seafood soup with coconut milk. A creamy, vibrant seafood broth infused with the fiery taste of coconut milk – this soup is certainly a mixture of delicious flavours. The sweet and creamy texture, blending in perfectly with coconut milk will surely leave you asking for more. Seafood soup with coconut milk at Trouvaille will cost you a bit more than Tk265, and it can be shared by two people.
46, Rabindra Sharani, Sector 7, Uttara, Dhaka
Penne mushroom soup – 4/5
With its outlets located in Gulshan 2, Dhanmondi, Baily Road and Banani, Bbq Bangladesh offers a rich array of dishes featuring grilled and fried chicken meals, pizzas, salads, pastas, soups, desserts and beverages.
Priced at Tk425, their penne mushroom soup is a complete stunner. The soup comes inside a toasted couch of soft and crispy bread. It is quite creamy and delicious, with the added charm of a good amount of chunky mushrooms. With its soft and flavourful texture, you can have the soup on its own, or dip the bread in the soup in order to get the ultimate taste. All in all, the penne mushroom soup at Bbq Bangladesh is highly recommended.
Plot 67, G H Heights, Satmasjid road, Dhanmondi, Dhaka
Plot 175, Road 61, Gulshan North Avenue, Dhaka
Road # 3, House # 9, New Baily road, Dhaka
House # 57, Road # 13, Block E, Banani Dhaka
Flavors of China
Szechuan soup – 3.5/5
If you're looking for a nice and cozy place to hang out with your friends, Flavors of China is a good place to visit. Located in Banani, this restaurant serves mouth-watering Szechuan and Chinese dishes. Their Szechuan soup is one which is quite unique in taste, and makes a great appetizer for those who love hot and spicy food.
The soup is not like a regular smooth broth. It is served with fried rice puffs, and comes with a good amount of minced chicken or prawn. The hot and sour soup is quite fiery, but delicious as well. The tender chunks of prawn and chicken complement the spicy and refreshing soup quite well. Priced at Tk449 per bowl, the Szechuan soup can be shared by three people. However, many people find it quite heavy for their liking.
House # 52 (Platinum Grand hotel), Road # 11, Banani, Dhaka
Thai prawn soup – 3/5
Absolute Thai is an authentic Thai eatery located in Banani. The interior is rather spacious and tastefully done. The restaurant is mostly done in purple and black, inspired by the purple colour of Thai orchid, with a touch of white to soothe the effect of the darker colours. For appetizers, their Thai prawn soup can be a good start. It’s a hot and sour soup, infused with chili lemon sauce.
However, most of the customers prefer having their seafood soup with coconut milk over the Thai prawn soup. Although the presentation is quite fancy, customers feel there is room for improvement in the quality and texture, compared to their seafood soup with coconut milk. A bowl of this soup will cost you around Tk245.
House # 52, Road # 12/A, Banani, Dhaka