transylvanian peasant bread in vancouver
The new bakery on West Broadway (West of Trutch... maybe Waterloo or so, across from the lumber yard) is worth checking out. The guy who runs it is a bit crazy but in a good way, and only makes one kind of bread from his wood-fired brick oven. It's great stuff... a thick crust and a crumb with lots of texture, very substantial. It keeps well for several days and toasts up amazingly well. It's one of those places that I fear won't be around long, since the location isn't great and the neighbourhood has just been hit with a newly-opened Cobs Bread (=yuppie bread emporium) close to MacDonald.
I think this is such a great place - I think the wood burning oven is great. Last time I was in to pick up a loaf he asked me which one spoke to me. I must have picked the right one as it was very good, very heavy and good. Love the cafe next door as well. And it seems like this section of is getting more interesting. As for Cobs bread - no thanks.
It is now 5 years after this first post, and Floran at Transylvania Bakery is still fast at it, producing THE BEST BREAD IN VANCOUVER, BC. With no sugar and the purest of ingredients, his loaves of one and two kilograms ($8 and $12) come out fresh every few hours and stay moist and tasty for days. The hard crust is the key to both this longevity and its incredible mouth-feel. Do not feel at all odd if you find yourself ripping off a hunk of the loaf as you exit the store, and tasting the loaf at its very freshest. Better yet, just sink your teeth in deep, in true Transylvanian style. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
For a real 100-mile diet, please don't drive in from Kamloops just to visit this bakery, but if you are in walking, cycling, or transit distance--on the 7, 17, Broadway 9 or B-line at Collingwood, 2 blocks east of Alma--this is sustainable bread that truly sustains!
3474 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6R, CA
Yeah, I agree. I just had it for lunch and it was great, but just as good as the bread was the store itself. One brick oven in the middle of the room and a counter - everything raw wood It looks like a bread store from the Hudson's Bay Co. early days.
The bread smells like fresh baked pizza dough, must be the brick oven.
I picked up a loaf yesterday and am very pleased with the product-Thanks for the suggestion.
It's a 'mighty loaf'-not for triflers or dilettantes.
So far it's seen me through 2 picnics and now I'm about to have some with breakfast.
The wood burning oven adds something-the flavours become more complex and pronounced.
re: Sam Salmon
The guy who has is shop is over the top -think about it - a small business which sells one thing - a huge loaf of great bread! I bought one yesterday - still warm from the oven and ran home to slather some butter on this delicacy - wow - good stuff and I understand why he charges $10 for the mega-loaf - smaller sizes might be an idea for families with less than 20 to feed - !