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15 London Broths Worth a Slurp

Bubbling hot pots, slippery udon noodles, elegant agnolotti in brodo, and more

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It’s the least most wonderful time of year everyone’s oscillating between battling bone-chilling temperatures and uncomfortable post-Tube hot flushes, and colds whip around offices. But on the upside, with winter comes broth season — so come in from the cold and embrace restorative chicken soups, stuffed pastas bobbing in rich stock, and bubbling hot pots.

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1. Laksa at Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar

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171 Holloway Rd
London N7 8LX, UK

It’s pretty hard to go wrong with any of the laksas at Sambal Shiok in Holloway. These are hangover-soothing, cold-curing, mood-boosting bowls of shrimpy, savoury, burnt orange soup and thick, slippery noodles, with a huge amount of care and attention to detail going into each bowl. Add poached chicken or prawns, or go vegan with a shrimp-free broth that packs just as much as an umami punch. 

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2. Coconut soup at CookDaily

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Arch 358 Westgate St
London E8 3RN, UK

No blood and no bones go into the broth at Cook Daily. Instead the coconut soup is infused with the fragrant flavours of galangal, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass. Like all the dishes at the vegan joint, with spots in East London and Market Halls Victoria, diners can customise with tofu or ‘chicken’ over rice or noodles, or just stick with veggies.

London vegan restaurant Cook Daily Cook Daily [Official Photo]

3. Tonkotsu ramen at Tonkotsu East

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1a Dunston St
London E8 4EB, UK

Ramen mini-chain Tonkotsu has locations around London (and one in Birmingham), but head to the Haggerston outpost, where the noodle-making machine whirs away in the background. All the noodle soups are well balanced here, and none more so than their signature tonkotsu ramen. Go hungry: the portions of deeply flavoursome stock with a mass of thin noodles, thick bamboo shoots and tender pork belly slices are extremely generous. The gooey yolk from half a seasoned egg only enriches the broth further.

4. Agnolotti in brodo at Brawn

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49 Columbia Rd
London E2 7RG, UK

Whether it’s at lunch, when the dining room is bright and strewn with light, or dinner, when it’s all all moody and candlelit, make sure to order a bowl of Brawn’s agnolotti in brodo. The rich egg-yolk pasta parcels are stuffed before every service with chicken, prosciutto and parmesan, and the aromatic broth in which the agnolotti swims has been simmering beef shin, fowl, and ham. 

5. Soup of the day at Leila's Shop

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Leila's Shop, 17 Calvert Ave, Shoreditch
London E2 7JP, UK

The soups at charming Leila’s sum up what the Shoreditch café is all about — letting quality seasonal ingredients shine in comforting dishes. There’ll usually be a soup on the menu but it’ll change with what’s good. Diners might find pearl barley with squash and greens, generously drizzled with olive oil, or a light but richly flavoured beef broth with rice and cabbage. A basket of bread and enamelware dish of butter on the side is essential.

Some of the finest seasonal produce can be found at Leila’s on Calvert Avenue labmi/Instagram

6. Chongqing noodles at Xi'an Biang Biang Noodles

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62 Wentworth St
London E1 7AL, UK

Often overlooked in favour of the belt-like namesake biang biang noodles, the chongqing noodles here are a menu gem. Thinner hand-pulled noodles sit in a rich, numbing stock with chickpeas and greens. Fashion a napkin bib and lean in for a dish that’ll simultaneously clear the sinuses and warm the cockles.

7. Prawn tempura atsu-atsu at Koya Soho

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50 Frith St, Soho
London W1D 4SQ, UK

At Koya, thick udon noodles with just the right amount of chewiness twist and turn in an earthy, clear broth. There’s a variety of elegant dishes, served cold and hot, but the prawn tempura atsu-atsu (hot udon in hot broth) is one for cold nights. The hefty prawn sits jauntily, half in and half out of the soup, covered in a delicate smattering of crispy batter that slowly melts into the stock.

8. Anolini in brodo at Cafe Murano Covent Garden

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36 Tavistock St
London WC2E 7PB, UK

Gloriously beige, the anolini in brodo at Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano is simply exquisite. Delicate, plump pasta parcels filled with beef and veal bob in a heady, ever so slightly cloudy chicken broth that would be heaven by the mug full. Here, a light showering of parmesan makes it a rich, satisfying primi. A winter special, it’ll be on the menu at the restaurant group’s new Bermondsey Street restaurant (slated to open mid-November) and there are rumours it’ll make an appearance at the other outposts in St. James and Covent Garden too.

9. Xiaolongbao at Dumplings' Legend

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15-16 Gerrard St
London W1D 6JE, UK
020 7494 1200

The clue’s in the name about what to order here — and xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) are the restaurant’s speciality. A thin, silken dough forms a parcel for steaming broth and a variety of meat, seafood and vegetable fillings. Just make sure not to pop them and waste all that rich stock.

10. Xiaolongbao at Din Tai Fung

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5 Henrietta St, Covent Garden
London WC2E 8PT, UK

The minced pork xiaolongbao are Dai Tin Fung’s signature dish at its restaurants the world over — and for good reason. Within the thin, translucent dough of the delicate steamed soup dumplings is a seriously savoury broth and well-seasoned pork. The restaurant has also introduced a vegan xiaolongbao which deserves a shout-out. While they don’t quite capture the same umami hit as the meat dumplings, the mushrooms with a small hint of truffle are just as comforting.   

Din Tai Fung’s London restaurant menu, opening date, and dumplings Din Tai Fung [Official Photo]

11. Mulligatawny soup at Veeraswamy

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Victory House, 99-101 Regent St, Mayfair
London W1B 4RS, UK

The iconic Indian restaurant perched above Regent Street has been serving its standout soup since it opened in 1926. The Anglo-Indian mulligatawny soup, a spiced thin broth with lentils, is made extra special here and served tableside. It’s a fragrant, hearty bowlful that’s kept winter chills at bay for more than 90 years.

Dal at Veeraswamy, one of London’s best Modern Indian restaurants Veeraswamy (Official)

12. Soup of the day at Rochelle Canteen at The ICA

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The Mall, St. James's
London SW1Y 5AH, UK

Wrap those frozen hands around a warming bowl of Rochelle Canteen’s changing soup. A rich seafood stock with crab and a side of devilled toast; broth brimming with chunky chickpeas; or onion soup with sage butter. For omnivores, it’s the ideal prelude to pig head pie or slip sole with dulse butter, in the calming surrounds of the restaurant’s whitewashed walls.

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13. Pho tai chin at Cafe East

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100 Redriff Rd
London SE16 7LH, UK

The corner of a Surrey Quays retail park, beyond a Pizza Hut, Gala Bingo and a bowling alley, might not be the obvious home of some of London’s best pho. But in the no-frills dining room of Cafe East, bowls of noodle-filled soup can be found on every table. Try the phò tai chín: flat rice noodles lurk in the depths of a light broth, topped with both rare and cooked-through slivers of beef. Pile on herbs, beansprouts and sliced chilli.

14. Hot pot at Sanxia Renija Deptford

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36 Deptford Broadway
London SE8 4PQ, UK

Numerous possibilities await with Sanxia Renija’s soup hot pots. Firstly, the Deptford restaurant, which specialises in food from China’s Sichuan and Hubei provinces, offers a variety of broths. Pick between the likes of bone stock, a tomato stock or yuan yang, one spicy and one clear stock. Then mix and match meats, vegetables, seafood and sauces to cook in the simmering soup in the centre of the table. There’s a wealth of ingredients to choose from, such as mooli, tofu (fresh, fried, frozen and dried,) mussels, tripe, and slivers of lamb.

Sanxia Renija (Official)

15. Hot pot at Snackistan, Persepolis

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28-30 Peckham High St
London SE15 5DT, UK

The hot pot might change daily at Snackistan, the charming café at Persian store Persepolis, but it’ll always be restorative. There could be borlotti and barley or white beans with fennel, rosemary and lavender simmering away. The broth is always served with rice, yogurt and salad.

1. Laksa at Sambal Shiok Laksa Bar

171 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX, UK
Anna Sulan Masing/Eater London

It’s pretty hard to go wrong with any of the laksas at Sambal Shiok in Holloway. These are hangover-soothing, cold-curing, mood-boosting bowls of shrimpy, savoury, burnt orange soup and thick, slippery noodles, with a huge amount of care and attention to detail going into each bowl. Add poached chicken or prawns, or go vegan with a shrimp-free broth that packs just as much as an umami punch. 

171 Holloway Rd
London N7 8LX, UK

2. Coconut soup at CookDaily

Arch 358 Westgate St, London E8 3RN, UK
London vegan restaurant Cook Daily Cook Daily [Official Photo]

No blood and no bones go into the broth at Cook Daily. Instead the coconut soup is infused with the fragrant flavours of galangal, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass. Like all the dishes at the vegan joint, with spots in East London and Market Halls Victoria, diners can customise with tofu or ‘chicken’ over rice or noodles, or just stick with veggies.

Arch 358 Westgate St
London E8 3RN, UK

3. Tonkotsu ramen at Tonkotsu East

1a Dunston St, London E8 4EB, UK

Ramen mini-chain Tonkotsu has locations around London (and one in Birmingham), but head to the Haggerston outpost, where the noodle-making machine whirs away in the background. All the noodle soups are well balanced here, and none more so than their signature tonkotsu ramen. Go hungry: the portions of deeply flavoursome stock with a mass of thin noodles, thick bamboo shoots and tender pork belly slices are extremely generous. The gooey yolk from half a seasoned egg only enriches the broth further.

1a Dunston St
London E8 4EB, UK

4. Agnolotti in brodo at Brawn

49 Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK

Whether it’s at lunch, when the dining room is bright and strewn with light, or dinner, when it’s all all moody and candlelit, make sure to order a bowl of Brawn’s agnolotti in brodo. The rich egg-yolk pasta parcels are stuffed before every service with chicken, prosciutto and parmesan, and the aromatic broth in which the agnolotti swims has been simmering beef shin, fowl, and ham. 

49 Columbia Rd
London E2 7RG, UK

5. Soup of the day at Leila's Shop

Leila's Shop, 17 Calvert Ave, Shoreditch, London E2 7JP, UK
Some of the finest seasonal produce can be found at Leila’s on Calvert Avenue labmi/Instagram

The soups at charming Leila’s sum up what the Shoreditch café is all about — letting quality seasonal ingredients shine in comforting dishes. There’ll usually be a soup on the menu but it’ll change with what’s good. Diners might find pearl barley with squash and greens, generously drizzled with olive oil, or a light but richly flavoured beef broth with rice and cabbage. A basket of bread and enamelware dish of butter on the side is essential.

Leila's Shop, 17 Calvert Ave, Shoreditch
London E2 7JP, UK

6. Chongqing noodles at Xi'an Biang Biang Noodles

62 Wentworth St, London E1 7AL, UK

Often overlooked in favour of the belt-like namesake biang biang noodles, the chongqing noodles here are a menu gem. Thinner hand-pulled noodles sit in a rich, numbing stock with chickpeas and greens. Fashion a napkin bib and lean in for a dish that’ll simultaneously clear the sinuses and warm the cockles.

62 Wentworth St
London E1 7AL, UK

7. Prawn tempura atsu-atsu at Koya Soho

50 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SQ, UK

At Koya, thick udon noodles with just the right amount of chewiness twist and turn in an earthy, clear broth. There’s a variety of elegant dishes, served cold and hot, but the prawn tempura atsu-atsu (hot udon in hot broth) is one for cold nights. The hefty prawn sits jauntily, half in and half out of the soup, covered in a delicate smattering of crispy batter that slowly melts into the stock.

50 Frith St, Soho
London W1D 4SQ, UK

8. Anolini in brodo at Cafe Murano Covent Garden

36 Tavistock St, London WC2E 7PB, UK

Gloriously beige, the anolini in brodo at Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano is simply exquisite. Delicate, plump pasta parcels filled with beef and veal bob in a heady, ever so slightly cloudy chicken broth that would be heaven by the mug full. Here, a light showering of parmesan makes it a rich, satisfying primi. A winter special, it’ll be on the menu at the restaurant group’s new Bermondsey Street restaurant (slated to open mid-November) and there are rumours it’ll make an appearance at the other outposts in St. James and Covent Garden too.

36 Tavistock St
London WC2E 7PB, UK

9. Xiaolongbao at Dumplings' Legend

15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE, UK

The clue’s in the name about what to order here — and xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) are the restaurant’s speciality. A thin, silken dough forms a parcel for steaming broth and a variety of meat, seafood and vegetable fillings. Just make sure not to pop them and waste all that rich stock.

15-16 Gerrard St
London W1D 6JE, UK

10. Xiaolongbao at Din Tai Fung

5 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8PT, UK
Din Tai Fung’s London restaurant menu, opening date, and dumplings Din Tai Fung [Official Photo]

The minced pork xiaolongbao are Dai Tin Fung’s signature dish at its restaurants the world over — and for good reason. Within the thin, translucent dough of the delicate steamed soup dumplings is a seriously savoury broth and well-seasoned pork. The restaurant has also introduced a vegan xiaolongbao which deserves a shout-out. While they don’t quite capture the same umami hit as the meat dumplings, the mushrooms with a small hint of truffle are just as comforting.   

5 Henrietta St, Covent Garden
London WC2E 8PT, UK

11. Mulligatawny soup at Veeraswamy

Victory House, 99-101 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4RS, UK
Dal at Veeraswamy, one of London’s best Modern Indian restaurants Veeraswamy (Official)

The iconic Indian restaurant perched above Regent Street has been serving its standout soup since it opened in 1926. The Anglo-Indian mulligatawny soup, a spiced thin broth with lentils, is made extra special here and served tableside. It’s a fragrant, hearty bowlful that’s kept winter chills at bay for more than 90 years.

Victory House, 99-101 Regent St, Mayfair
London W1B 4RS, UK

12. Soup of the day at Rochelle Canteen at The ICA

The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH, UK
Rochelle Canteen (Official)

Wrap those frozen hands around a warming bowl of Rochelle Canteen’s changing soup. A rich seafood stock with crab and a side of devilled toast; broth brimming with chunky chickpeas; or onion soup with sage butter. For omnivores, it’s the ideal prelude to pig head pie or slip sole with dulse butter, in the calming surrounds of the restaurant’s whitewashed walls.

The Mall, St. James's
London SW1Y 5AH, UK

13. Pho tai chin at Cafe East

100 Redriff Rd, London SE16 7LH, UK

The corner of a Surrey Quays retail park, beyond a Pizza Hut, Gala Bingo and a bowling alley, might not be the obvious home of some of London’s best pho. But in the no-frills dining room of Cafe East, bowls of noodle-filled soup can be found on every table. Try the phò tai chín: flat rice noodles lurk in the depths of a light broth, topped with both rare and cooked-through slivers of beef. Pile on herbs, beansprouts and sliced chilli.

100 Redriff Rd
London SE16 7LH, UK

14. Hot pot at Sanxia Renija Deptford

36 Deptford Broadway, London SE8 4PQ, UK
Sanxia Renija (Official)

Numerous possibilities await with Sanxia Renija’s soup hot pots. Firstly, the Deptford restaurant, which specialises in food from China’s Sichuan and Hubei provinces, offers a variety of broths. Pick between the likes of bone stock, a tomato stock or yuan yang, one spicy and one clear stock. Then mix and match meats, vegetables, seafood and sauces to cook in the simmering soup in the centre of the table. There’s a wealth of ingredients to choose from, such as mooli, tofu (fresh, fried, frozen and dried,) mussels, tripe, and slivers of lamb.

36 Deptford Broadway
London SE8 4PQ, UK

15. Hot pot at Snackistan, Persepolis

28-30 Peckham High St, London SE15 5DT, UK

The hot pot might change daily at Snackistan, the charming café at Persian store Persepolis, but it’ll always be restorative. There could be borlotti and barley or white beans with fennel, rosemary and lavender simmering away. The broth is always served with rice, yogurt and salad.

28-30 Peckham High St
London SE15 5DT, UK

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