Rustic authentic bakery serving only hearty wood-fired whole-wheat organic sourdough bread baked fresh daily.
Artisan bread, hand crafted using stoneground organic dough fired in a wood-burning oven is priceless. Once you've had a taste of this it's hard to go back to grocery store bread. This place is nestled in Steveston Village and wouldn't be out of place in the Old Country. They only make one product in a full loave size and half loave size. The bread has a beautiful exterior as it's cooked in a wood-burning oven with excellent texture. The inside crumb is fine and while hearty you don't overly taste the fibre, it's finely ground. This is a great bread to serve with dips or sliced thinly and made into sandwiches. It's a denser bread so at first glance it may seem small however it's heavier and a smaller amount will fill you up, most grocery store breads are full of air. The prices are fair for the excellent unique product they turn out. I wish they added pizza to their repetoire, Steveston pizza is closed during the day and with that wood-burning oven if they decided to make pizza or other specialty breads it would be great.
Wow! I think I concur exactly with the first reviewer. It's a very good looking store, like you'd expect of a village baker.
The dude seems always cranky, not just to us, but other customer's as well. Never cracks a smile. It's not a cultural thing, I know other Romanians, and they're a hoot!
Yeah, like he said. The guy makes exactly ONE kind of bread, for the exhorbitant price of $10 (though I think he started offering half loaves at half the price). The bread is kind of ... crap. Even that day's 'fresh' bread seems like days old. The crust is tough, not crusty. Inside is, well, tough too, but not a nice chewy. And yes, after a day or two, it really is hard to eat without soaking it in something. Save-on-Foods has better bread. At half the price.
Don't waste your time here, if you want good bread in Steveston, head over to Damien's waffles on Saturdays. MUCH better bread. It's hard not to do better than this...if you gave it free to me, I'm not sure I'd eat it.
Oh ya! I visited this place once. Long time ago, more than 2.5 years ago? The guy only baked one kind of bread. Nothing else. The bread sucked. It's very hard, too hard to chew. On the second day, it's hard like a rock. If you reheat it to soften the bread, it will not work. You basically have to dunk it in soup or sauce to eat it.
One thing I hate about this place is inconsistent pricing. It's very unprofessional and ghetto. I paid 10 bucks for a lousy bread loaf. Then I found out my friend bought it for 5 bucks. I was not happy. $10 bucks for a horrible and very dry bread loaf is really over priced. What's up with me paying more than my friend? Did the owner think I looked like a tourist to him therefore he charged me more? If my friend got a smaller bread, then why didn't the owner tell me I could choose between different sizes? He didn't give me any options. Everything looked the same in that store, same bread, same size. The guy just grabbed one and sold $10 to me. I would rather get a smaller one so I wouldn't have to throw a $10 big loaf away, it would make me feel better I only threw away a $5 hard rock away. It's really not edible on the second day.
The store front looks kind of interesting. That's about it. It's really a tourist trap. They are selling tourist breads to poor tourists who are curious about everything.
I was amazed to see this place open up in sleepy Steveston Village and am overjoyed that locals have supported it.
I'm familiar with the product from the first Rumanian bakery that opened on W. Broadway in Vancouver.
Being an occasional visitor to Steveston I generally gravitate onto the Docks to see what fresh seafood is on sale.
A perfect picnic is buying fresh Shrimp and eating it with warm crusty bread from the bakery while sitting facing the Mighty Fraser.
The Bakery itself is a warm inviting place I think it's a heritage building in Steveston and the service is always top notch.
Being single the half loaf does me for the best part of a week.
This place could be an awesome bakery. The store has European country feel to it and features a wood burning oven. Only one product is sold: Romanian whole wheat bread, but at $10 a loaf I can't help but feel ripped off even if the taste is good. I'm surprised that the owner is still in business. He seems greedy and is quite arrogant with the customers.
To be fair and 2 defend the owner - the idea of staring an artisan bakery in an area known for foot traffic and tourists is a good strategy. The gentleman is a Euro-style "large-N-in-charge" kinda guy and has a bold approach to corralling people into the bakery BUT then the experience falls-down.
Unfortunately, the bread is just NOT outstanding and @ $10 a loaf it should be. There is nothing memorable and magical - I am not sure the Romanians are known for their baking skills like the French, Italians or Jews.
If you are in Richmond and truly want a honest loaf of bread or other baked goods - go to Garden City Bakery @ Garden City & Blundell (but they R not open on Sundays). GREAT European Rye & BEST cinnamon rolls not to mention Knishes
My mom and I were taking a stroll on moncton street, suddenly we saw this guy who was standing outside the bread store cal out to us, 'want to buy fresh delicious bread?'. Though we did not need any bread at that time, we agreed and went inside the store. The owner began to ask questions like where are you guys from and by the time the little convo was over, we found ourselves paying 10 dollars for a teeny sausage kinda bread. After walking for a few minutes, we asked ourselves did we really buy this measly bread for ten dollars? We thought to ourseves perhaps it was a delicious romanian delicacy or something. Unfortunatey there was nothing fresh about the bread, it was simpy horrendous and we ended up throwing it after trying really hard to chew on it but alas the darn bread it seemed was cursed...down in the drain went our hard earned ten dollars.