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Soup Season: 6 IMAGE staffers on their go-to seasonal soup spots


By Sarah Gill
15th Oct 2022

L'Gueuleton

Soup Season: 6 IMAGE staffers on their go-to seasonal soup spots

Daylight hours are getting shorter, that distinctive nip is settling into the air, and the season for soup is well and truly upon us.

At IMAGE HQ, we are extremely partial to the warming comfort offered only by a big bowl of hearty soup. Now that Autumn is in full swing, it’s hard to think of anything more appealing than mealtime spent with your hands curled around a soup bowl, warming the cockles of your heart.

Enjoyed with a toasted sambo or a slice of homemade soda bread heaped with butter, a good bowl of soup nourishes the soul and will leave your belly feeling utterly content. If you’re looking for some lunchtime inspiration, here are some of our top picks…

For anyone who hasn’t yet been to Honey Truffle on Pearce Street get yourself there pronto. Owned by former Avoca head chef and Pink Ginger cookery school guru, Eimer Rainsford, this little daytime café/deli gem is one of the best casual eating spots in Dublin in my opinion. Eimer is forensic when it comes to ingredient sourcing and employs absolutley no shortcuts in the kitchen, so chicken is roasted on site, spices are home blended and flavour combinations are off the charts. The soup pot changes daily and is always a wholesome meal in a bowl, served with a homemade whole wheat scone – Italian bean is one of my favourites. HoneyTruffle is also located just down the road from Bread 41 too so you can double up and get your sourdough fix while you’re at it.

— Lizzie Gore-Grimes, Editor-in-Chief

For me, l’Gueuleton‘s French onion soup is an absolute lunchtime must during those colder office days. It’s a hug in a bowl!

— Holly O’Neill, Beauty Editor and Acting Digital Editor, IMAGE.ie

Cornucopia Wholefoods Restaurant will always be my favourite go-to spot for nourishing and delicious soup… Plus it’s in the centre of town, what more could you ask for!

— Sophie Teyssier, Social Media Manager

Cali Cafe in Dun Laoghaire used to be down the road from my old office, and every Friday I’d treat myself to their half soup/half sambo combo. The chorizo melt or the halloumi and baba ganoush toasties are divine, especially when paired with their soup of the day, usually a nice, blended veggie soup.

Ramen Co in Stoneybatter — If you love authentic ramen, look no further than this hole-in-the-wall in Stoneybatter. Small but mighty, they serve up a delicious range, including pork tonkotsu ramen (my favourite), chicken, spicy beef, dumpling and vegetarian tofu ramen. A great shout for a rainy day.

I took a road trip last winter, and I still dream about the seafood chowder at Davitt’s in Kenmare. I wouldn’t usually opt for it but this creamy bowl of soup was one of the best I’ve tasted. The salmon fell apart like butter and the flavouring perfectly balanced the medley of fish. Tasted like heaven with a bit of brown bread dipped in too.

— Shayna Sappington, Branded Content & Staff Writer, IMAGE Magazine

If you’re a fan of chowder, The Tavern Bar + Restaurant in Westport has some of the country’s best. My family and I stopped off here after a quick (*read slow and very painful) spin up Croagh Patrick, and it was one of the tastiest meals I’ve ever had… though that was partly because I was just happy to be on level ground again. In Dublin, it’s a toss-up between The Pepper Pot‘s mushroom soup and l’Gueuleton‘s French onion soup – both absolutely delish and worthy of the gold.

— Sarah Finnan, Acting Deputy Digital Editor, IMAGE.ie

In and around Galway, there are seemingly infinite delicious soup spots to choose from, but I tend to gravitate towards Urban Grind down the Westend. Their offering changes daily, and at this point I don’t even really need to know the flavour — it has never disappointed! On the other hand, a soup and sambo by the fireside in Taaffes Bar is a comfort that I simply cannot quantify in words. Time it perfectly and there’ll be a trad session happening at a table nearby and you’ll feel the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.

— Sarah Gill, Staff Writer, IMAGE.ie