Ooh La LaTomato Gin Soup, A Le Crocodile Classic

Just last week I went to Vancouver`s Le Crocodile with my girlfriend Karen for lunch. Was my first time and wished that I have had the opportunity to go there two decades ago! It is a formidable restaurant. Presentation of our food was exquisite. The lovely chef surprises were a superb touch as well (a tart for appetizer and sorbet for dessert) – left me feeling quite special. Loved our waitress – she was so refined, knew and described the french menu to a tee and had a very cute charm.

I decided to start with the  “Le Crocodile Classic” Tomato and Gin Soup, served with Fresh Whipped Cream.

The Verdict of Le Crocodile Classic Tomato and Gin Soup?
Ooh la la. The soup was very good, the tomato base was so smooth and not too acidic.  I felt like asking for more fresh whipped cream and chives though! I was a naughty gal and dived right into the middle right off the bat and lapped it all up. I do love chives so much and when I swirled the cream into the soup, I was in heaven and soon forgot about the nasty head cold I was fighting. Not sure if I recognized the gin per se in the soup. I would like to make it in the future at home and try it with and without gin to see if it makes a noticeable difference.

I could not find a published version of Le Crocodiles Tomato Gin soup but found some contenders to try out in the future that seem to be from some local chefs in Vancouver:

  • http://lesleystowe.com/blog/summer-tomato-gin-soup/.
  • http://vitamindaily.com/content/rob-feenies-tomato-gin-soup-exclusive-recipe
  • http://www.westernlivingmagazine.com/FD/0310.Food.html
  • http://www.gourmetwarehouse.ca/qs/page/17299/17088/115
  • http://www.food.com/recipe/gin-tomato-soup-22116

Rob Feenie’s recipe calls for Hendricks Gin. I may steer towards using that gin because it has a cucumber infusion I am told – that should go well with tomato.

Soup Mistress Rating for Le Crocodile Classic Tomato Gin Soup:

Healthy (+ slimming + low sodium): (3/5)
Presentation: (4.5/5)
Taste: (4.5/5)

Along with the soup, here are other dishes that were served to us (Foie Gras, Lobster Tempura, Lamb Chops). I loved the Tempura and Karen loved her Lamb Chops!: