On a cold April day a few weeks ago I braved the arctic air, bundled up and walked the approximate 487 steps from the office to the second floor of the Portland Public Market. I had been cold since the alarm went off that morning and there was only one remedy that I knew would do the trick – soup from Kamasouptra.
Among the day’s offerings were Jalapeno Beer and Cheddar, Curried Root Vegetable and Lentil, Veggie Chili, White Bean and Kale, Clam Chowder, Maple-roasted Butternut Squash and Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup. All soups are the same price – $4.15 for a cup and $5.55 for a bowl. A freshly-baked roll comes with every order.
I carefully considered my options and landed on a cup of veggie chili. What it lacked in heartiness it made up for with flavor from a melange of spices that tingled on my tongue. The chili contained chunks of red and poblano peppers, kernels of corn, pieces of roasted jalapeños with black and red beans
Kamasouptra is famous not only for its soup but their fresh-baked whole wheat rolls. If you time it right, they’re still warm when you rip into them. This roll is chewy on the inside and crunchy outside and was perfect for dipping into my chili.
After chatting about my visit to Kamasouptra a colleague couldn’t resist the urge to scoot over there herself the next day for her favorite grilled cheese and tomato soup. This soup is thick and creamy with a nice kick of cheese flavor. With the roll for dipping, she said it’s a light, but very satisfying, lunch.
Should you need to accessorize your lunch, you can also purchase fresh fruit, cookies and an assortment of beverages at Kamasouptra.
Soup is like an old friend – always available with unconditional love.
WHERE: Portland Public Market House, 28 Monument Way, Portland. 415-6692. www.kamasouptra.com
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
WAIT: less than five minutes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: yes, via elevator
OTHER LOCATIONS: The Freeport Market House on 20 Bow St. and The Maine Mall on 364 Maine Mall Road in South Portland