That Little Wine Bar @ Chow Thye Road, Penang

Written by Lingzie

Topics: By Invitation, Western Food, Wine Bar

Nestled in the midst of busy jam packed roads and the hustle and bustle of the city is this cozy sanctuary also known as That Little Wine Bar where one can relax over a glass of wine, catch up with friends and feel the stresses of life melt away…

The interior of That Little Wine Bar is warm and cozy. And many may not know that the wine bar itself was designed by German-born owner Chef Tommes who is not only a professionally trained chef, but also an exhibited artist! (He also counts being a boxer and a corporate executive in his long list of achievements but that’s another story for another time…)

While wine bars may sound rather snooty and intimidating, That Little Wine Bar has that touch of sophistication yet is so very inviting. And Chef Tommes’ English wife Louise is so pleasant she makes you feel right at home!

Now don’t be fooled by the name and jump to conclusions that this place only serves wine, for they do cater a varied tapas style menu where their food is meant for sharing.

On the side of the entrance is a lil herb garden which German-born owner Chef Tommes has started cultivating, to be used in That Little Wine Bar’s ktichen.

Outdoor seating of That Little Wine Bar

Other than the food offered in their menus, do remember to check out their Specials board for daily specials….

And also cute drawings of how certain signature dishes are being prepared! 😛

We kicked things off with a lil bubbly aptly named the “Tommes Sparkle” which is a champagne with elderflower syrup. Did I like it? Well…. let’s just say a girl can’t really say no to champagne, especially one as fruity as this! 😛

Louise recommended that we start our meal with their signature Wild Mushroom Soup (RM25). We were expecting a cream of mushroom soup but instead were pleasantly surprised by the clear herbed broth we were presented with. Made up of 5 types of mushrooms, we were told by Chef Tommes that this is more a French infusion than a soup as he felt that this light infusion would be more suitable for our hot weather rather than a heavy creamy soup.

The light sweet soup has a slight lemon-y tang to it, making it very refreshing indeed. It is served with That Little Wine Bar’s baguette, baked fresh daily in their kitchen.

Next, we tried their new special – the Beef Carpaccio (RM35). Seriously, I never knew thinly sliced layers of raw beef could taste soooo good! The beef literally melts in your mouth, sending you to gastronomic heaven! Definitely one of my favourite dishes of the night! A must try!

After that heavenly Beef Carpaccio, I was afraid the rest of the meal might be mediocre in comparison. But boy was I wrong! The next dish – a humble Mushroom Quiche (RM28) bowled me over and took me completely by surprise. I’m not really a fan of quiches, as the ones I’ve tried thus far have far too strong a taste of eggs which I don’t really fancy. But this Mushroom Quiche is… In. A. League. Of. It’s. Own.

Seriously!

It is rich and cheesy, melts in your mouth and best of all, has mushrooms! (big fan of mushrooms here)

Louise tells us that this Mushroom Quiche is so popular they’re in ‘danger’ of becoming That Little Quiche Bar instead! ~chuckles~

After such a heavy cheesy quiche, we were recommended yet another new special (I like that Chef Tommes is constantly coming up with something new!)- a light fish dish in the guise of a Seared Coriander Fish (RM28). And if I had to describe this dish in one word, it would be this – refined.

This dish looks deceivingly simple. But the flavours blend so well together from the lightly seared pepper encrusted fish to the tomato concasse to the mysterious green colored mashed potatoes. Yep you read that right – green mashed potatoes! So smooth it glides down your throat. And why is it green? Ah…. there in lies the ‘secret ingredient’. I have no idea what the secret ingredient is… all I know is it comes from a vegetable. You try it for yourself and see if you can identify it! 😛

Then came dessert. That Little Wine Bar’s Chocolate Cake (RM10). Which practically calls out to you… ~eat me! eat me!~

The chocolate cake which reminds me of a flourless chocolate cake, is deeply chocolatey enough to satisfy one’s chocolate cravings…

We also tried the Carpaccio of Pineapple (RM18) – thinly sliced pineapples served with strawberry and raspberry coulis and ice cream. This unusual dessert was certainly a delight! The tanginess of the dessert was balanced well by the ice cream and had us wanting more. Certainly a refreshing end to a lovely lovely meal!

That Little Wine Bar boasts a wine list of more than 50 labels and also caters for private functions and wine pairing sessions with 2 private rooms themed the Western room and Eastern room. And they also have regular wine tasting sessions. In fact, there’s one happening tonite! Spanish wine tasting! Perfect for wine aficionados and novices alike!

That Little Wine Bar definitely is a welcome addition to the Penang dining scene as we’ve never had a European style wine bar quite like this. Aren’t we lucky that this well traveled husband and wife team fell in love with Penang and decided to open their very own place here? 😛

It was indeed a lovely dining experience and I thank both Chef Tommes and Louise for having me!

That Little Wine Bar

54 Chow Thye Road,

10050 Georgetown, Penang.

Tel: 04-226 8182

Opening Hours: 5pm til Midnite Mondays-Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.

www.thatlittlewinebar.com

14 Comments Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. I like the outdoor seating, kinda like a post-colonial feel. Nice! 🙂

  2. cariso says:

    Wow! The mushroom soup which is not creamy really caught my attention! Btw, congrats on your Guang Ming interview during The Mother’s Day! 🙂
    .-= cariso´s last blog ..Geylang Lor 9 Frog Porridge (? ? ? ? ? ) =-.

  3. wow u were on Guang Ming, woh congrats.

    I like this place, looks really cosy and nice!
    .-= Big Boys Oven´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

  4. I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about the place, first from CK and now from you. I must really find a special occasion to celebrate at That Little Wine Bar with a glass of good bubbly, delectable food and cozy ambiance. 🙂
    .-= My Food Fetish´s last blog ..Ian Full Moon Party at Hardwicke House =-.

  5. wow…. after looking at the photos with the champagne and the desserts….. I cannot resist. Should go and try it out. ^-^ Thanks for sharing!
    .-= FoOd PaRaDiSe´s last blog ..INAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT ~ Jalan Burmah, Penang =-.

  6. gina says:

    It’s post colonial buildings mah, Kenny. 😀 Yeah. very nice ambience indeed! I think the price is not too steep. Can try!
    .-= gina´s last blog ..My 100 Titles =-.

  7. email2me says:

    Wah faint …. just back from French Food review … now kena wine poison here …. make me feel more hungry …. 😀
    .-= email2me´s last blog ..Authentic Guangzhou Halal Dim Sum at Ah Kad Kar Puchong =-.

  8. ck lam says:

    Great review! Lovely to see new additions to the menu.
    .-= ck lam´s last blog ..Kopi Cine, In-House Cafe of Straits Collection, Penang =-.

  9. food-4tots says:

    I saw this bar on the opening day when I went to Ivy’s Kitchen. So curious about it and now I get to know more from your wonderful review. Green mashed potatoes? Sounds interesting! Btw, congrats on your Guang Ming interview!!
    .-= food-4tots´s last blog ..Strawberry crunch =-.

  10. taufulou says:

    love this place how the present the food and the ambiance… sweet~
    .-= taufulou´s last blog ..Toh Lee Restaurant @ Hotel Nikko =-.

  11. Steve says:

    I have been there a lot. The most recent was at their wine tasting and put some photos up at http://www.penangexpat.com
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..A Night out on us at the E & O Hotel =-.

  12. Jean says:

    I was there a few nights ago but was not really impressed with the food. The seared tuna was just tasteless and didn’t seem fresh. The chocolate cake was really really bad! Their quiche and Seno di Pollo were good though.
    .-= Jean´s last blog ..That Little Wine Bar- Penang =-.

  13. kookie says:

    The coloring for the mashed potatoes is from spinach, I think. Chlorophyll, the thing that makes spinach green, is often used for coloring food green without an actual taste.

  14. Dennis O'Brien says:

    After eating their home made soups you will never ever even look at a can again. Everything here is made with passion and from the most natural ingredients that is why the pizza is so good Chef Tommes makes his own dough, no chemicals no preservatives. The sausages are home made and so it goes on, whatever you order will be delicious and free of chemicals so god for your body. Sommelier James has amazing knowledge of all the wines so he can advise you to make your meal complete. Al this in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
    Give it a try you won’t be disappointed.

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