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Weekly Lunch Pick: a focaccia round (and, yes, a chocolate) at Soma on King West via torontolife

May 7, 2012
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Chocolate for lunch? Not quite (Image: Andrew Brudz)

Ever since its King West location opened last summer, Soma Chocolatemaker’s decadent treats have no longer been consigned to weekend jaunts to the Distillery District. For more savoury lunch fare, longtime Soma collaborator (and former Canoe sous chef) Simon Blackwell, operating as the Blackbird Baking Co., creates an exclusive lineup of organic breads, all stuffed or topped with fresh ingredients like mozzarella, Fontina, eggplant, proscuitto and sundried tomatoes. We opt for a crispy and chewy focaccia round ($4.50) that’s topped with artichokes, sweet caramelized leeks and salty feta cheese. Of course, it’s pretty much impossible to walk out of this shop without buying chocolate, and it’s pretty hard to go wrong when choosing from the creations of husband-and-wife owners David Castellan and Cynthia Leung. The gooey, crunchy caramel feuilletine ($2) is no exception: slow-cooked buttery vanilla caramel is covered in Soma’s rich signature chocolate, then tumbled in crisp flakes of baked crepes. But get out before you end up buying a dozen (or not).

The cost: $10, including tax and a Bottle Green sparkling water ($2.50).

The time: 20 minutes

Soma Chocolatemaker, 443 King St. W., 416-599-7662,


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