Somun Superstar Toronto

Somun Superstar

Somun Superstar is named for the wood-fired Bosnian flatbread 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 Superstar 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 Superstar TorontoA signature crosshatch pattern that apparently originally mimicked the latticework of windows is imprinted using a metal skewer. 

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

Somun Superstar 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 Superstar 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 Superstar 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 with Mrakovic beef, 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 Superstar 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 Superstar 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 Superstar 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 Superstar Toronto

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

Somun Superstar Toronto

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

Somun Superstar Toronto

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

Somun Superstar Toronto

Photos by

Fareen Karim


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