10 Best Soups In Los Angeles
|Sopa de Pedra|
There are three soup options at the very charming Natas Pastries, all of which are of the stick-to-your-ribs variety. The sopa de pedras starts with a starchy potato broth and a heap of root vegetables -- and is topped with a glorious, large and very sweet wedge of tender cabbage you will need to attack with a fork and knife. You can also opt to have some mild Portuguese sausage added for an extra garlicky bite. The soup comes with a small plate of olives, a few slices of their own cibatta-style bread and some olive oil for dipping, or as we did, drizzling into the soup. 13317 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 788-8050.
6. Borscht at Barney Greengrass:
Rachael Narins Borscht
For the uninitiated, the first glimpse of borscht can be disconcerting. The hyper-pink tint comes about from the perfect balance of smoothly pureed beets mixed with sour cream. Despite the almost ungapatchka color, one bite will cure your shock. The Ukrainian standard is served chilled and yet it truly warms the soul. The $6 portion comes with the standard Barney's basket of bread sticks and cracker-bread with cream cheese instead of butter -- and a lovely view of the Hollywood Hills.9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; (310) 777-5877.
5. Lobster Nage at Bottega Louie:
Rachael Narins Lobster Nage
A shallow soup plate is set before you with a savory panna cotta unmolded in the center. Then it's topped with fat medallions of lobster tail and toasted almonds and sultanas are scattered about on the bottom of the dish. The waiter then pours the copper colored broth in, and the image changes to a still life that incorporates the table it sits upon -- and matches perfectly. Sweet and balanced, rich and flawless -- and served with bread as well. 700 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles; (866) 418-9162.
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