Colourful, isn’t it? A giant serving of soup, noodles, and vegetables a day keeps the doctor away! Okay, so maybe not every day, but every once in awhile a meal like this makes you feel so good from head to toe, inside and out. After feeling achy, flaming, and under the weather midweek several days ago, I decided that I need something warm and wholesome, something that would taste delicious and soothe me right down to my fingertips and toes. I didn’t want anything heavy (the thought alone made me queasy), but I still wanted something flavourful and punchy to take away that icky feeling in my throat and mouth.
Staying home wasn’t an option so I went out and enjoyed some fresh air and had myself some Freshii! I had a mad craving for soup and thought, “Freshii has soup and I can finally try their rice noodles and stuff myself silly with vegetables until I roll down the street!” That was the plan and I stuck to it. Except the rolling down the street part. I was like a little water balloon by the end of it, but I managed to stay upright for the rest of the day.
Every time I go to Freshii, a huge part of me always feels compelled to order the rice bowls because I love them so much. I have to force myself to get out of that comfort zone to enjoy their other menu items and I did when I tried their special Mango Tango Burrito months ago last year. I’ve always wanted to nosh on the rice noodles but the brown rice lover in me won out every time, so the rice noodles became a “I promise I’ll get to it” type of meal. I finally made good on that promise last week when I came up with the perfect solution to my achies: pop two balloons with one pin by trying the noodles and soup at the same time! Geninus! And get my wholesome veggies in at the same time. Win-win all around.
Freshii serves 3 kinds of soup broth: 100% vegetable, chicken, and spicy lemongrass and they have several pre-selected “chef-designed” soups on their menu that you can order if the combination sounds yummy to you, or if don’t feel like taking the little pencil and clipboard to create your own. The chef designed menu items are all priced differently (generally around $6.50-$10), and prices for custom designed meals (i.e. the ones you create and put together yourself) start at a flat rate price and increase with certain selected toppings. They have a list of unlimited toppings (no extra charge) and lists of other toppings with their own individual additional price points. A custom designed soup starts at $5.79 and comes with your choice of broth and brown rice or rice noodles. You can always choose a baby size (size small) for $2.49 with your choice of broth and two vegetables.
Aside from the brown rice Bliss Bowl and that one time I had the Mango Tango burrito, I always love checking off toppings and ingredients on the clipboards and creating my own unique meal. It’s so much fun and I get a kick out of it every time. I had the biggest hankering for chicken broth so I selected the chicken broth option with rice noodles and a slew of vegetables and legumes, all of which were part of the unlimited toppings list for no extra charge: baby spinach, roasted red peppers, corn, mushrooms, black turtle beans, edamame beans, and chick peas. Super healthy and full of protein, which is just what I needed for my body to feel good again. Of course, to make this 100% vegetarian, you can easily choose the vegetable broth instead of the chicken.
Their soups come piping hot and it’s like opening up a sauna of warmth and comfort when you open up the lid to your soup. Not to mention they are HUGE! I’m no mathematician, but good god there had to have been at least a litre of soup in the container and a giant serving of rice noodles and plenty of the vegetables and beans I had chosen. Just look at it! It’s like a colourful vegetable tower, or a vegetable block puzzle like the ones we used to play with when we were kids (minus the vegetables unless you were the type of kid who scored amusement from playing with your food).
The chicken broth and rice noodles were delicious and I am so happy I finally got around to trying both of these items, and especially together. The chicken broth isn’t overly salty in the least and if you can believe, I drank my ENTIRE container of soup! Hence the feeling like a water balloon reference. It was just so good and it was exactly what I wanted. I was so happy that the rice noodles weren’t the rice vermicelli variety since I’m not the biggest fan of them, but were instead nice thick white noodles that resembled pad thai noodles only a little bit wider in width. They were soft and scrumptuous and nowhere near being under or overcooked.
This was an amazing meal that made me feel good all over and even though the portion of food was ridiculously big, I didn’t leave feeling like I was in a food coma. I don’t know what it is about Freshii that makes me feel this way, but I walk away every single time feeling energized and refreshed despite the large portions of food. You’d think that the portions would end up weighing you down or at the very least make you feel like you’re having a food baby, but nope, not in the least. I’m so excited to try the rice noodles without the soup now with some of Freshii’s sauces. I’m already looking forward to my next meal here, as I always do.
Freshii in Toronto serves 12 locations in the city with one also serving Mississauga. Click here for a list and map of specific locations, as well as more information on Freshii’s menu, goals, and mission statement. The Yonge and St.Clair Freshii is located at 1560 Yonge St., just north of St. Clair Ave. on the west side of Yonge.