The Californian bakery, Tartine opened a shop in Seoul at Hannam-dong. A bunch of Korean media says the bakery Tartine sell the best bread in the world and the one you have to try before you die.
I do hate such proselytising words, especially when it comes to food.
By the way, I wanted to try once at least, in the hope of finding a truly decent bakery.
Arrived at the shop, I found a long queue as told and as expected. I bought one sourdough and one baguette and tried them at once with bare hands.
They were good, very good in flavour before taking a bite and could possibly outshine most of the other bakeries in Seoul.
Yes, they are, but that is all.
The bread was questionable in every aspect; the baking, the texture and the flavour. The sourdough was undoubtedly problematic.
Displeasingly too sour in flavour. It bothered me A LOT, to enjoy the bread, and the feeling before trying disguised the taste. It was stunningly plain. The crust, a bit blacky and possibly attributed so much to the powerful and pleasing first feeling before trying a morsel, gave unpleasing, bothersome and quite insipid aftertaste in the mouth. Moreover, the texture was the most troubling fact for an excellent bread. The soft crumb was light and well-swollen in the eyes, but very very very STIIIIIICY(sticky) in the mouth. It was my first experience ever with bread. I picked a portion of the crumb and slowly grasped, and it turned into a tiny ball.
It was a kind of a joke, a bread joke for me.
However, the bread was not such bad as a whole, especially compared with the other bread in Seoul, but never the best one in the world and even not close to a good one for me.
Where are all the serious, capable, righteous critics? It is a real shame!
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