Winter in Perth and even the downhill slide into Spring is perfect soup weather. However my weekends recently have been a little hectic so there hasn’t been enough time to be whipping up a big batch of soup to get us through our work lunches for the week. And as someone with a Thermomix I’m sure admitting not having the time to make soup is some sort of cardinal sin, but if you haven’t been to the shops to get the ingredients then hopefully this can be forgiven. But I digress, while Seinfeld painted a very different picture of soup sellers, Perth’s version is definitely a lot more welcoming and in two convenient CBD locations. Hello Slurp!
We are a boutique soup and salad bar in the Perth CBD serving fresh, chef inspired dishes made from scratch and available to go!
I’d heard through the office grapevine that many of my colleagues had discovered the wonder of a cup of Slurp soup, but I’d never gotten around to trying it. This was recently remedied when I wandered myself to Cloisters Arcade one lunch time in need of sustenance. They have around 8 different soups on offer each day and you can purchase it in a small, medium or large cup or if you are particularly peckish you can have it served in a big sourdough roll. I enjoyed goulash in a big roll when I visited Prague in May and it’s quite an ingenius way to serve soup. And so very filling it you eat the soup and then tackle the giant roll. But I wasn’t quite so hungry to go for the sourdough bowl option on this visit and instead just stuck with a large cup. And now the challenge was on to choose a flavour. I’d say that veggie soup is probably my favourite, which perhaps doesn’t sound overly exciting, but done well it is such a delight. For this reason as soon as I spied the minestrone I was sold, especially because it came with a dollop of basil pesto which sounded a very interesting. It would have to be another day for French Onion or the Chicken Velouté.
I happily took my cup sans bread on this visit and skipped my way back down the terrace to my desk. The desk soup picnic was on!
The first happy surprise was the sheer genius of that basil pesto. What a beautiful flavour to add to the rich minestrone, all the more so because of the parmesan sprinkled on top. Pesto and parmesan – a great pair. The actual soup was beautifully flavoured and had an abundance of chunky ingredients. Everything seems really fresh, like it has been cooked just the right amount of time. An added bonus was the pieces of bacon throughout the soup, because bacon is delicious any day of the week, in soup, in quiche, on a plate, wherevs. Two thumbs up for bacon. It was an entirely wonderful cup of soup, really quite filling and so began what was to be a winter long love affair between me and Slurp.
Admittedly I’ve never ventured beyond minestrone, but maybe one day. Love your work Slurp!