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Solero Mediterranean Bakery

Posted by Emily Thomas / Posted on January 16, 2009

SoleroSolero Mediterranean bakery has stuck a poster on their door advertising their burek, a Serbian version of the Mediterranean phyllo pastry treat. It has confronted and tempted me many a time on my travels along that stretch of Dundas West.

Variations of this pastry are sold and enjoyed all over the city under many different names (often the Greek spanakopita, or the generic "spinach pie"). But the best phyllo pastry and cheese combo I ever had went by the name burek, homemade by my best friend's little sister.

She hasn't been around lately and I had a craving. So recalling that poster outside Solero, I got myself to the Junction this week for a fix.

It's bright and sunny inside Solero at 2pm. Trays of cookies and Danishes surround shelves of bread, half empty from the early morning rush.

SoleroBut burek abounds. Solero's owner, Dusan Disic, enthusiastically points Alyssa and me in the direction of a glowing counter displaying fresh slices ($2.25) and entire pies. They come in meat, cheese, or spinach (the one I'm after) or sweet burek in cherry or apple.

SoleroThere is no seating in Solero, so we walk around with our slices, browsing the fine looking olives and imported candy, the cheeses and homemade halva. I notice a freezer full of whole, frozen burek pies ($16.00). Mr. Disic tells me that Solero sells the pies wholesale into grocery stores all over the city.

SoleroI ask Alyssa if she wants to swap burek for a bite. She refuses, evidently satisfied with (and greedy for) her meat slice choice.

Solero My spinach burek is exactly what I was looking for. It is buttery, flakey and rich. If I lived closer, I'd be frequenting the place for fresh slices all the time. As it is, stocking my freezer with the frozen ones is not a bad consolation.

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Photos by Alyssa Bistonath

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12 Comments

geg / January 16, 2009 at 02:05 pm
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I used to live right nearby and dropped by one day; the burek was overly doughy for my taste. Like many other eastern european bakeries I've gone to, I've found the dessert pastries end up looking alot more appetizing than they taste :(

I will say, the prices were quite reasonable though.
Goran / January 16, 2009 at 02:22 pm
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Burek is not Serbian, and there really is no Serbian version of Burek. Burek was originally Turkish and brought to the Balkans by the Ottomans, specifically Bosnia which made it their own shape, therefore the burek found most commonly in Croatia and Serbia is usually Bosnian style burek. That one in the photo looks to be filled with spinach or something, do they have cheese burek?
Keidi K / January 16, 2009 at 04:23 pm
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Goran is correct.

Burek is not only spinach pie, there are different stuffings for it... its kinda like sushi anyone can make a new version.
mm / January 16, 2009 at 04:52 pm
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There certainly is a difference between Bosnian and Serbian burek. Bosnian burek (sometimes called Sarajevo burek) is rolled into a spiral, while the Serbian version is just plain layers, although the layers are thicker.

Will definitely check this place out!
radmila / January 17, 2009 at 02:39 pm
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As humourous as ever.
Various Balkans can always find something petty to argue about (especially if someone is giving props to anything deemed "Serbian"). It's clearly made in the Serbian style.

I've passed this bakery a million times...I need to stop by.
I say that every single time I pass it.
dennison / January 23, 2009 at 03:39 am
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lovely photos- great depth of field.
Malcolm Bastien / January 23, 2009 at 09:51 pm
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I love going to Solero for some pastries for breakfast, especially during the summer. My one qualm is their customer service.

Whoever they hire, they always seem to have a huge problem doing simple things like smiling and saying "Have a nice day". There's one woman there who makes you feel like your purchase is an inconvenience to her.

Make me happy when I shopp at your store dammit!
Ahmed / July 10, 2009 at 11:25 pm
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I live in the neighbourhood and enjoy their products. Service has generally been ok as of late, but I do agree with Malcolm's experiences too. (Maybe the boss took note of Malcolm's post above.) I'm Bosnian and enjoy our own burek styles thoroughly almost every day, but I don't mind switching up sometime and enjoying those from Solero. I also like their breads/buns, especially the salty pretzels @65c each... sweet childhood memories. The more traditional cakes are good (krempita, sampita, kadaif, baklava); others I couldn't care much for. They need to post their working hours on their website.

By the way, ditto on the "lovely photos" compliment.
robb. / July 13, 2011 at 09:51 pm
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I have lived in the neighborhood for 5 years now and have been shopping here several times a week for there bakery and deli. But I find that the service is failing miserably. Where do they find these people (mind you, not everyone). One woman at the deli counter rolls her eyes every time I ask for something, like I am an irritating little fly that she wishes that she could just swat away. Another staff member refused to open some prosciutto because it was 'too hard'. What?
I would love to support a small business such as this in the area, but refuse to shop here anymore due to the lack of decent service. Not to mention that the croissants leave a nasty greasy film in my mouth, as if they were using lard instead of butter.
The burek are good, but that's about it.
anophall / February 14, 2012 at 12:10 am
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you must read chanel purses to your friends
Toufic Ayoub / September 25, 2013 at 03:27 am
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GG Bread / November 19, 2013 at 02:16 pm
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Please please be aware of the below person and his company. They only rob peoples money and never deliver the equipment. Please warn all other companies who want to deal with them.


Dear Sir,

Here is Techno bread plus for pastry and bakery equipment from Lebanon. We are a 15 years experienced Lebanese manufacturer of Automatic Bakery and Pastry machines. In addition to this we have full automatic line for Pita/Lebanese Bread production.

Please have a look on our website www.technobreadplus.com

Looking forward hearing you soon,

Waiting your feedback

Thank you very much for your collaboration.

Regards.

Techno Bread plus
Toufic Ayoub
Managing Director
Beirut – Lebanon
Mobile: 00961-76-83-99-82
Email:info@technobreadplus.com
Website: www.technobreadplus.com
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