We’ve picked some of our favourite soups of the season to get you into the autumn spirit. And what’s more, they’re all available at venues around town.
Cream of Kyiv Chestnut
Kanapa has an interesting take on the classic autumn soup in this, their Cream of Kyiv Chestnut. Taking varieties of edible chestnut and boiling them in a sweet syrup, the nut is sliced along with a delicious piece of leek and fried until golden brown. Combine that with a vegetable or chicken broth base (at the gourmand’s discretion) and you’ve got a rich and velvety soup, served with a piece of local cheese, perfect for autumn.
Kanapa (Andriivskiy Uzviz 19, M Kontraktova Pl), 425-4548
This is a soup commonly found around the Adriatic, and most often in Croatia, but has been brought to Kyiv especially for the autumn season. Seafood is the star in this dish, for which Ink uses a variety of shellfish such as mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops and crayfish. Wine, red or white, is essential for bringing out the flavours of the seafood base, to which is added broth, a variety of vegetables, herbs and spices. Thicken it up with breadcrumb and you’ve got a perfect meal, delicious at any time of day.
Ink (B Khmelnytskoho 17/52, M Zoloti Vorotska), 067-506-0426
Asian Pumpkin with Scallop Tempura
Using the ingredients in abundance this season, Pache takes brilliantly orange pumpkins, and turns them into a culinary treat for the senses. Pumpkins are cut, sprinkled with sesame oil, and placed in a Josper oven to soften. Onion is then fried over a hot fire with melted butter, chili pepper and the pulp from the prepared pumpkin. Chicken broth and cream are added and left to allow the flavours to infuse. Sieve to get a deliciously creamy consistency, serve with scallop tempura and you are going to be left wanting more every time.
Pache (Kostolna 3, M Maidan Nezalezhnosti), 067-187-4949
Cream of Cauliflower with Pear and Salmon
Hidden on a corner just up from Maidan Nezalezhnosti, you’ll find Tres Française, a delightful little venue serving up traditional French goodness. This season, they’ve got a couple of warm-you-up soups on offer, including their Cream of Cauliflower with Pear and Salmon. As a new take on an old favourite, the silky cauliflower creates a perfect palette for the stars of the show – the pear and salmon.
Tres Française (Kostolna 3, M Maidan Nezalezhnosti), 279-7771
Beef Tail Consommé
According to Antwerpen, Beef Tail Consommé is the perfect choice for this cool autumn weather, and theirs couldn’t be better. After boiling the beef tail with vegetables and egg white, the next stage of preparation takes four or five hours, but “it’s worth it” as the result is an incredible colour, taste and aroma.
Antwerpen (Pushkinska 38, M Lva Tolstoho), 234-1300
Fish Market has the upper hand on good seafood in Kyiv, which is why this traditional Eastern European fish favourite is especially good here. What’s more, you get to choose the types of fish you would like in your soup, however the venue has their own recommendations: Chilean sea bass or toothfish as it is known here, black cod, and Australian skate. The secret to this Ukha is that each bowl is prepared to order, to which the venue says they add a handful of love.
Fish Market (Volodymyrska 24a/2, M Zoloti Vorota), 278-4852
There’s not much needed to put together this gastronomic masterpiece: a few fresh green peas, a bit of mint, olive oil, salt and pepper, double cream and bacon. Nor is the preparation that complex: peas go into a minted broth complete with oil and spices and are let to boil to soften and release all of their delicious goodness. Add cream after sieving to create a beautifully silky soup and decorate with mint leaf and a few bacon chips. Bon Appetite!
Matisse (City Hotel, B Khmelnytskoho 56a, M Universitet), 393-5929
by Lana Nicole