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Soupe Soup Restaurant

August 30th, 2007 · View Comments · Montreal Restaurants

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On Soup Soup Restaurant Montreal Chef Deck Says:

We ventured to Cash and Curry for some imperial delights only to find out that it was closed for lunch. This made us have to find somewhere else to eat which led us to restaurant Soup Soup. We split the terrine de canard sandwich and goat cheese which were both light and very good. My gazpacho was spiced perfectly and one of best I’ve ever tasted but the creme of mushroom was pretty lousy. Now ladies and gentleman here’s the bad part, I left hungry and the bill was 35 bucks with tip. How in the hell this place thinks that their food is worth that kind of money baffles me. No one could be get full eating their half sandwich and soup special for $7.95. Soup Soup get off your high horse and know your place.

Atmosphere: Quite the pleasant little nook on Duluth/10
Food: 7.924236732/10
Price: I really hope it was a mistake/10

Soup Soup Restaurant Information

80 Duluth E., Plateau, Montreal
Phone: 514-380-0880

Also at:
174 St. Viateur St. Outremont, Montreal
Phone: 514-271-2004
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-4pm

gazpacho soup at soupesoup Mushroom Soup

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  • Debster

    I think this is where I discovered the combination of pear puree, goat cheese and grilled esparagus. They used to serve it as a sandwhich and I turned it into a bitesize baguette delight. Cannot remember though if I ate it at Brodino´s (the sandwhich place that used to be on St-Viateur before Soup Soup), or actually at Soup Soup. Oh the mystery…

  • Mikee P

    Sounds like they are charging way too much. What a ripoff.

  • elias

    j’y vais presque chaque jour et je trouve que le rapport qualité(bio) prix et créativité est le meilleur que je connaisse à mtl

    elias

  • chi- mai

    Funny thing is I actually work at Soupsoup and see plenty of male customers that come everyday…for that combo special and they seem full to me. Also The price for 2 soup and sandwiches (If u get the really big one not the combo…is exactely 26$…I don’t recall somebody leaving me such a nice tip…… ever !

  • Véronique

    je vous ai regarde a la television et je cherche du travail les samedis et dimanche cela me plairait de travailler chez vous je suis disponible si vous avez besoin vous pouvez me contacter au 514 383 4787 merci
    veronique

  • Isabelle D.

    Je trouve la bouffe délicieuse ,
    Je me déplace de Brossard pour y aller,
    C’est parfais coté qualité-quantité-prix,
    Je sais que les aliments sont toujours frais
    J’aime la soupe avec le demi sandwich qui me permet …… de prendre un dessert comme la succulente pouding au chomeur ….

  • BM

    I don’t agree with the fact that you think that they charge too much at all!

    J’y mange très souvent et je n’ai jamais été déçue des portions et du rapport qualité prix. Je sais que TOUT les ingrédients qu’ils utilisent sont de première qualité et parfois même bio.
    Ce QUI N’A RIEN À VOIR avec la restauration rapide.
    SOUPE, SOUPE c’est un autre univers!
    Si vous voulez payer 3.00, ou 4.00$ du sandwich, allez chez MC DO et empiffrez vous de “fast food”. Je vous garantie qu’après, vous vous sentirez rassasié et surtout gonflés.
    Pourquoi TOUJOURS critiquer, à la place d’ENCOURAGER ces petits commerçants qui tentent d’offrir de la qualité!

  • frankie

    je n’ai jamais mangé de soupe aussi infecte que leur “potage” orge et aubergine….Un restaurent qui vise la femme mince et désireuse de surpayer une nourriture ordinaire tout au plus…

  • Stevie Y

    I agree wholeheartedly with OP.

    I stopped by yesterday around 6pm, looking for a soul-warming bowl of soup.
    Firstly, their posting outside was inaccurate – they advertised Cream of Asparagus. No go, all they had was Cream of Veg, which was scooped out of a horrible plasic container. I asked for a small bowl – cost: $5.48 tax in. Oh yeah, you get some crusty bread with it.
    I find this to be ridiculously expensive for a tiny bowl of soup. BTW, it tasted way too strongly of curry powder.
    Since I live in the area, I pass by their storefront quite often. My major complaint is that their menu is way too pretentious and complicated. They should have at least ONE non-complicated, stick-to-your-ribs soup per day (Chicken noodle, beef-n-barley, minestrone, etc). Especially in winter.
    As far as their ridiculous prices go, they probably have very expensive rent to pay at that location. I suggest they watch Kitchen Nighmares with Gordon Ramsay, get some fresh ideas, and relaunch. If not, they will soon go under.

  • Stevie Y

    p.s. given our winters, this place should be an absolute gold mine.

    They offer something that is ALWAYS in high demand in winter – SOUP! I realize that there is a lot of competition in that area, as far as eateries go, but none of them specialize in soup.

    They need to do some direct marketing of the people in the area. Set up a stand on the corner of Duluth and St-Laurent, and give out free soup samples and flyers to the freezing passers-by.

    One word though – prices NEED to come down a bit. Offer a soup-sandwich combo for $8.95.
    Lunchers will not be able to resist. And, you’ll make up $ on drinks and desserts.

    One more thing. Pick a signature recipe, for which SoupeSoup will be famous for – kind of like the seafood soup at Chez Jose. Make it irresistible – like a Schwartz’s smoked meat sandwich.

  • Heidi

    Totally agree about some of the above comments regarding price. I went there two years ago and was shocked at what they were charging. It was so expensive that I have never been back. Actually…I did try to go back once (in a fit of desperation for hot soup on a cold day), but their hours of operation are pretty lousy.

    I also agree that Montreal needs to have more soup restos for cold, winter days.

  • momocuisine

    Effectivement, ne comptez pas sur un demi-sandwich et une soupe pour rassasier un gros appétit, mais pour quelqu'un qui a eu un bon déjeuner vers 10h00, cela peut aller. Ce que j'aime de cet endroit c'est l'ambiance chaleureuse, la décoration simple, mais surtout la créativité dans les plats. On y découvre souvent de nouveaux agencements, cela inspire ma façon de cuisiner.

  • doreyme

    My (adult) daughter, good dog + I passed Soupe Soupe. A young couple + their dog were sitting outside SS having a lovely meal. As it was lunch time, I went inside + asked the young man behind the counter if we too, could have a table outside as we also had a dog with us. He referred me to another man who said no. It was going to rain and he couldn't just take another table outside, blahblahblah. So I said okay, okay + we left. I live 2 blocks away + I figured we'll just have lunch at home. But you know, it would have taken all of 3 seconds to bring a little table + 2 chairs outside. Three + a half hrs have passed + it still hasn't rained. We did have a nice lunch at home but the young man's inconsistent attitude rankles me. I've eaten at SS before but I never will again. My daughter who studied Hotel Management said when someone is happy with a place they tell five people. When someone is unhappy with a place, they tell twenty people.

  • Name

    Do you know anything about organic veggies,or ganic meat, organic bread and also not putting any broth powder or floor to have more soup but no real food? If you know so much please contact me
    Caroline 514 544 5004 and we will discuss if you can.

    And also.. at 6pm, we are closed and the soup is putting back in the fridge in those plastic container who had (the number 2 . safety level)and are the best to keep the soup fresh and safe for health. Did you check that too?

    i'm always open to constructive critics and soupesoup is engaged in a quality continue improvement but i regret judgement withoutcomplete knowledge

    actually a soup is 4.95$ for 12 real onces served in the recycle container that cost 37¢ and 5.95$ for 16 onces both served with organic piece of bread and made with extreme care: at soupesoup for sure you know that what you eat is safety and original in taste change the menu everyday to please everybody and be creative.

  • SJ

    How many of you were on that bill? Unless you ordered dessert, it should have cost you about $10 a person, which is pretty much what you'd pay at any inexpensive place these days.

  • Le yo

    Are you people kidding me, Soupe Soup is the art of soup, the comments below worry me, anyone find it weird that out of towners or west end eaters are critical and french post mostly think it's best. Give me a break, when Au Pied De Cochon uses the standard Soupe Soup recipee for one of their staple dish, you know you have yourself pure comfort food at the right price.

    Cheapsters, do you even know how hard the woman running the place works ? That's fucking discusting to be so critical of good things in Montreal. Why don't you stuff yourslef some shity Java U red bean soup.

  • gossipblog

    Geez. Sounds like some of the commenters on here are owners/employees of this place. Talk about overreacting to peoples' comments. The soup is way too expensive for what is given. I don't mind paying top price if it's worth it. soupesoup unfortunately is not :( Fix your pricing and I'm sure your clientele will grow.

  • http://www.camillemcouat.carbonmade.com/ Camille

    Okay, I have something different to add….

    I have been dishwashing at soupesoup for about 2 years as I learn french/finish mcgill, and I now get 12/hour including lunch. Soupesoup pays the staff well, many (probably most) of whom are also working artists or performers, who in turn are more enabled to give back to the community through the arts. At Duluth I work with a dancer, a 3d visual artist, a stylist (the last two who were at the Grammy's this year nominated for best music video for their work in 'hurricane'), two actresses, and a tattoo artist (and two non-artists.) I am a photographer. It's nice to have a job on the side where people treat you respectfully and the hours don't keep you up until 4:30 am. Maybe you value the arts, maybe you don't, but take my point into consideration.

    Get a potage or a bean soup instead of a brothy one if you are hungry, they are way more filling. But almost everybody gets the 'petit combo' for 7.95 and is full (well I assume they are because the same people come in several times a week.)

    They are only in plastic containers after the lunch rush; hardly anybody comes after 3pm. If you want the best experience come at 1pm when nothing has run out.

    And yeah; that person's bill obviously had coffees and desserts on it or something. It's fair to not like the soup; although i usually love my lunch from time to time we have a soup I don't really like, but not fair to say it costed that much when that's flat out impossible even if you got the largest lunch we serve.

    I am obviously biased, as I work there, but I think my boss is employing a business model that is good for the community which does involve a slightly higher cost, but in which the extra cost goes towards your own body (fast food tastes good but isn't usually healthy; our ingredients are expensive) and towards the staff. More things are important in a business where you spend your money than the price of the final product. Put otherwise, Soupesoup is pretty much the polar opposite of wal-mart and the wal-mart restaurants of the world.

    Do you still think she should get off that 'high horse'?

  • http://www.camillemcouat.carbonmade.com/ Camille

    Okay, I have something different to add….

    I have been dishwashing at soupesoup for about 2 years as I learn french/finish mcgill, and I now get 12/hour including lunch. Soupesoup pays the staff well, many (probably most) of whom are also working artists or performers, who in turn are more enabled to give back to the community through the arts. At Duluth I work with a dancer, a 3d visual artist, a stylist (the last two who were at the Grammy's this year nominated for best music video for their work in 'hurricane'), two actresses, and a tattoo artist (and two non-artists.) I am a photographer. It's nice to have a job on the side where people treat you respectfully and the hours don't keep you up until 4:30 am. Maybe you value the arts, maybe you don't, but take my point into consideration.

    Get a potage or a bean soup instead of a brothy one if you are hungry, they are way more filling. But almost everybody gets the 'petit combo' for 7.95 and is full (well I assume they are because the same people come in several times a week.)

    They are only in plastic containers after the lunch rush; hardly anybody comes after 3pm. If you want the best experience come at 1pm when nothing has run out.

    And yeah; that person's bill obviously had coffees and desserts on it or something. It's fair to not like the soup; although i usually love my lunch from time to time we have a soup I don't really like, but not fair to say it costed that much when that's flat out impossible even if you got the largest lunch we serve.

    I am obviously biased, as I work there, but I think my boss is employing a business model that is good for the community which does involve a slightly higher cost, but in which the extra cost goes towards your own body (fast food tastes good but isn't usually healthy; our ingredients are expensive) and towards the staff. More things are important in a business where you spend your money than the price of the final product. Put otherwise, Soupesoup is pretty much the polar opposite of wal-mart and the wal-mart restaurants of the world.

    Do you still think she should get off that 'high horse'?

  • Anna Bureau

    I had a bad experience there the other day at the Jean Talon site and I doubt I will ever go back to the restaurant after being a regular for several years. I had sat at the counter and was trying to remember the name of the soupe as I was ordering from the board, but had to turn to the board to read the name. She obviously didn't hear me. Instead of politely asking me to repeat my order she snapped and said “I CANT HEAR YOU IF YOU SPEAK TO THE BOARD”. I left school over 20 years ago and don't need some self-entitled waitress to yell at me in a public place. Whilst the soup and sandwich were exemplary as usual, I left them unfinished – my appetite had gone. I love the concept of Soupe Soupe, but they would do themselves a huge favour by screening their staff a little better.

  • Bicflores

    LONG LIVE SOUP SOUP! *_*
    we absolutely love it there and totally respect the Business/Franchise, consistent quality & care. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Wallace

    We come from Ottawa twice a year or so and always eat at Soup Soupe. We have loved every soup we had over the last ten years and the sandwiches are wonderful. And surprise! That $7.95 combo fills us right up. We send all our travelling friends to this wonderful place.

  • Inukshuk59

    Wow, I am so happy the dogs are not welcomed….. In Belgium, it is a ”peste” to have dogs inside a restaurant….The dogs do not even pay their place in the restaurant…

  • doreyme

    Excuse me…the entire gist of my critique was that we were talking about sitting OUTSIDE. Even though there was already a table OUTSIDE, where two people were eating with their dog lying beside them on the sidewalk, the SS employee refused to put another table OUTSIDE for us. There are a lot of people in the Plateau with calm, well behaved dogs. Restaurants that acknowledged their presence would be well attended.

  • Rcjones85

    I’ve been going to Soup Soup on Wellington.  I’ve never been disappointed by the soups or the sandwiches.  Maybe because I like to try different things.  I would have never thought that Pears and Parsnip soup would be so good. :)  

    The soup and sandwich combo, I get the full sandwich, goes for about $14.  That’s the normal lunch price for many of the restaurants in the area.  The cheaper ones, well, lack a lot to be desired and I seldom ever return – think cheap price, cheap ingredients.  You ever wonder how McD or Burger King sell the crap so cheap. When is the last time you ever heard 100% Real Beef in their ads.  Good luck.
    I love their Pudding Chomeur with a cafe a longe. :)  

  • Gabe C

    - Gruff and pretentious hipster wannabe staff: check.
    - Owner so full of themselves they think you shoudn’t have condiments: check.
    - Almost $15 w/tax for a soup and sandwich only lawyer types can afford: check.
    - Lack of consistent quality, good on one day bad on another: check.

    The only people to blame are the customers. This is consistent with the fact that people like overpriced crap. At marche Jean-Talon there’s a stand that sells fresh fruit juices for $5.50 when fruit is cheap and abundant at the market. And a crepe stand selling $13 crepes. it’s bloody dough for crying out loud.

    No thank-you. Me and my friends strictly avoid places like this one and you should too. There are plenty of inexpensive places with good food that deserve your hard-earned money…a few examples are express st-zotique for a real sandwich or barros luco for a decent priced tasty lunch.

  • Kame

    Im a soup lover and was expecting something amazing from this restaurant. Very dissapointed. I had the Borsch soup wich is eastern european and came originally from my country and OMG did not eaven taste close to a borsch and on top they put cumin in to it. The whole soupe tasted like cumin. And I do agree 10$ for 1/2 a sandwich and a small bowl of soup not impressed I would of been more full eating at Tim Hortons.

  • Alambert

    people are entitled to an opinion, and whilst she may work hard, not everybody can be pleased.  

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