Flipping through the latest issue of PR, I spied an article by Niki DeWitt called "The Sweet Escape". Writing about artisan bread in Seoul, DeWitt focused on Chef Garrett at Tartine in Itaewon and his new addition to the bakery. Not only can you get your share of tarts and cheesecakes, but now you can purchase Chef Garrett's own "Romanian Peasant Bread".
For 4,000 won you can buy either a loaf of "Oats Peasant Bread" (a mix of unbleached wheat flour, wholewheat flour, rye flour, rolled oats, yeast, salt and water) or "5 Grain - 3 Seed Peasant Bread" (a mix of unbleached wheat flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, corn, whole wheat, brown rice, oats, rye, flax seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, yeast, salt and water).
According to the article Chef Garrett brought his own thirty year old sourdough starter over from the States and he ages his dough for a week before baking. I headed down to Tartine today to pick up a loaf for myself...
It's good stuff, the name is a little fancy, but it's good quality bread. It tastes like it's home baked and it looks as if it has been made with love. I'm not sure how authentic Tartine's Romanian Peasant Bread is, but I am certain I will be buying it again.
Tartine is two alleys down from the Hamilton Hotel (take the alley opposite the Three Alleys Pub) and serves wonderful tarts aswell as Romanian Peasant Bread. You can call them on 02 3785-3400 or visit their website here.