Somun巨星 Toronto

Somun巨星

Somun巨星 is named for the wood-fired Bosnian bread made in small batches throughout the day at this bakery.

Called somun (pronounced so-moon, translating to bread in Arabic), the flatbread can be purchased in loaves, as sandwiches or in the form of smaller "snack" options.

Somun巨星 Toronto

Formerly home to a Freshii, the space is humble and oriented towards takeout, but cheery.Old photos of Sarajevo hang on the wall, though the main feature of the space is the bakery area where all bread is made and fired in full view of diners.

somun superstar torontoMade from no other ingredients than flour, water, yeast, sugar and salt in batches of about thirty loaves, dough is partitioned into balls (kind of like pizza), proofed for a very short time, and flattened by hand.

Somun巨星 TorontoA signature crosshatch pattern that apparently originally mimicked the latticework of windows is imprinted using a metal skewer.

Somun巨星 TorontoFire is essential to the designation of this bread as somun.Loaves spend two short minutes in an ItalianAlfaoven burning hardwood that stays hot for long periods of time, perfect for full days of baking.

Somun巨星 Toronto

The result of all this is spongy, elastic loaves with big air bubbles and a dappled char, kind of like pita but more structural, with a hint of sweetness.

Somun巨星 Toronto

Somun snacks are triangular slices of the bread spread with kajmak ($4.50, a creamy cheese), Nutella ($3.50) or kajmak and a syrupy, molasses-like plum butter.

Somun巨星 Toronto

Hot and fresh, the devourable bites practically melt in your mouth.The Classic Cevapcici sandwich ($10) is the most basic, half a flatbread opened up into a pocket and stuffed withMrakovicbeef, veal and lamb cevapi (basically juicy little charred sausages), kajmak and onions.

It's a representation of a classic Sarajevo plate in sandwich form, full of bold flavours.

Somun巨星 Toronto

The Loaded Cevapcici ($13) does include the ajvar along with the kajmak, onions and cevapi, also adding punchy pickles and hot peppers.The soft bread really cradles the hearty ingredients well, and things don't actually get too overly messy.

Somun巨星 Toronto

A Vegetariancici ($12) meatless option stuffs somun with grilled eggplant, onion, ajvar, hot peppers, pickles, and some avocado that really freshens everything up.

Somun巨星 Toronto

Bag chips are the ideal accompaniment to one of the sammies, along with a crunchy, sweet red cabbage slaw and a hot pepper (perfect for cleansing the palate between bites).

Somun巨星 Toronto

To drink, there's Ontarieau ($3.25) in grapefruit mint, strawberry and lemon ginger flavours.

Somun巨星 Toronto

As for sweet treats, there are vanilices ($7), walnut sandwich cookies with apricot jam, and shortbread cookies called gurabija ($3).

Somun巨星 Toronto

There are actually no garbage cans in Somun Superstar, because all dishes, cutlery and packaging are either compostable or recyclable.

Somun巨星 Toronto

Photos by

Fareen Karim


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