The first thing you notice about this soup is that they pour it tableside, which is always an elegant touch, even if it technically is unnecessary. The second thing that grabs your attention is the thrumming flavor of the fennel throughout the piquant soup, playing nicely off the acidity of the tomatoes. The fennel is the key to the immunity-boosting claims of the soup, thanks to high levels of fiber and vitamin C, but the complexity of flavor it adds is a much more immediate benefit.
In the interest of managing expectations, it’s important to note that this is a pretty basic tomato soup, but it really grows on you. Even if the first spoonful doesn’t blow you away, this is the kind of soup you can’t stop eating, and, when the bowl is empty, you wish there had been more. Hey, it’s a free country — just ask your server to pour you another.