New restaurant time – Sana SoupHouse is open!

If there’s a better year to open a soup house, I honestly don’t know when it would have been. Maybe the Ice Age.

The paper came down from the windows at the new Sana SoupHouse on Graham yesterday – and by the end of the day they were sold out of all of their soups! Lucky for me I was one of the first in for lunch – I managed to taste before it was all gone.

First, I have to say that Sana is totally different than I was expecting inside – I’m not totally sure why, but I think I imagined it would be a very casual, takeout-only spot. And it’s so much more! Inside there’s a warm, modern sit-down restaurant with a massive stone soup bar, vintage photos of the city on the wall and big windows perfect for people-watching.

We decided to sit down and snagged one of the coveted window tables. The menu is a concise one page with four soups and four sandwiches made fresh daily – it’s kept short because the owners plan to change regularly to keep things fresh. Yesterday’s featured Mushroom & Dill; an Egg & Horseradish Borscht made with hearty chunks of kielbasa and whole eggs; Pickled Cucumber; and West African Peanut Soup – today’s includes Barley and Red Borscht! Apparently the soups apparently have their roots in family recipes – perfect picks for a cold spring like this. Sana SoupHouse 2

I went straight for the West African Peanut soup, and on a snowy day like yesterday it took me away to warm and sunny places. The warm golden-orange broth was packed with fresh-cracked peanut flavour and given a hint of richness by sweet potatoes – I ended up using my wedge of baguette to mop up every last bite.

If you’re after a quick lunch and don’t have time to sit down at one of the tables or the bar, Sana does takeout as well – find out more about them at

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