* This article was also published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 20th March 2010.

Located in Chow Thye Road away from the buzzing Burma Road is a new European style wine bar, aptly named That Little Wine Bar! I came to know of this quaint cozy wine bar when it opens in December 2009.

That Litttle Wine Bar by what2seeonline.com

It was a pleasant surprise when my family was invited by the owner, Chef Tommes and his wife, Louise over for dinner. We were welcomed into the restaurant which expresses a sense of coziness with its decoration and low ambient lighting.

That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

The beautiful exterior of That Little Wine Bar!

We started the meal whipped by Chef Tommes with the soup and appetizers!

There were many items that grace the menu and the hospitable Louise took some time to introduced them to us. We started off with the lovely Wild Mushroom Soup RM 25. The soup with a variation of mushrooms in Parmesan and herb broth was poured at the table. It was gently seasoned with the intense taste of sweet mushroomy flavor blossoming through. Chef Tommes added some slices of local red chillies to this dish.

That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

Next up was The Chicken Pâté RM 18, which made an excellent spread. The pate was spread on pieces of homemade baguette. This traditional chicken liver Pâté was rich in flavor and creamy, which just melted in my mouth. Not many restaurants offer this dish in Penang, and it will definitely impress pate lovers!

That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

Chicken Pâté – a dish meant for sharing…

The appetizers were rounded off with the marinated Mushroom Quiche RM 28 which was served alongside with a salad for some added crunch. It has a delightful thin crispy crust which complemented the soft filling.

That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

The restaurant provides diners with a wide selection of Old World and New World labels. We had the lovely Grauburgunder 2008 (Austrian), introduced by Louise. This was my first time having an Austrian wine and I was enchanted by its taste. This full-bodied elegant pinot gris with finesse has a blend of fruity flavor. The wine cost around RM 138 and goes well with the food!

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IMG_6795_resize CK Lam in That Little Wine Bar

Next up was the main course!

Louise recommended the daily special, Rotisserie Chicken with creamy avocado RM 28. The chicken was superb, nicely salted and roasted juicy till tender with crackly crispy skin. It was accompanied with creamy avocado, potatoes and salad.

That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

In fact, they even have a blackboard at the side of the bar, which shows all the special-of-the-day and promotions, all in teasing and artistic graphics!

That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

Last but not least, we indulged in the Black and White Sesame Seared Tuna RM 28. The fish was seared just right, coated with sesame seeds and served with ginger marinade, mayonnaise and orange zest. It was nicely balanced with some crunchy white carrot and the dipping sauce is indeed a delight to the tastebuds!

That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

Dish with a slight scent of the refreshing Jasmine flower…

After indulging in a beautifully prepared meal, it was time to try out the dessert! Chef Tommes prepared the Chocolate Cake for us. The cake @ RM 10 was relatively light and yet rich in flavor. We enjoyed it as an end to a wonderful dinner.

That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

After the meal, we managed to share a light moment with Chef Tommes. This much-traveled chef from Germany was stationed in the Restaurant of Stefan Stiller in Shanghai’s Cool Docks before relocating to Penang. He and his wife actually frequented Penang as their getaway destination, visiting the island several times over the years. With every single visit, they fell even more in love with the beautiful Pearl of The Orient, and finally choosing to settle here!

Chef Tommes of That Little Wine Bar by CK Lam of what2seeonline.com

In a nutshell, this restaurant is the place to savor a range of fine wine it has to offer and to enjoy a great selection of delicious food! In actual fact is the very vision of the owners when they opened up this place.  After sampling their dishes, I personally feel that Chef Tommes did an excellent job in setting up this wine bar while keeping a high quality on the food as well.

Drop over to this place to share one thing in common…the love for tasty food as well as affordable fine wines!

That Little Wine Bar
54 Chow Thye Road

Tel : 04 2268182
Business Hour : Mon – Thurs: 5pm till 12am
Fri – Sat: 5pm till 1am

Closed on Sunday

Facebook & Website : http://www.thatlittlewinebar.com

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21 comments so far


Wine Bar, an interesting find indeed. The food look yummy and delicious. The prices …eh seem a little on the high side for the serving sizes. For a RM25 wild mushroom soup I would expect some lovely morels, porcini or chanterelles.

March 10th, 2010 at 12:37 am

OneBigMouth – I think the chef should have his own reasons for not adding in the morels, porcini or even the chanterelles in this soup. Anyway, the soup taste great. Do try it out.

March 10th, 2010 at 9:54 am

Wow wow wow ~~~ Black and White Sesame Seared Tuna look so good!

March 10th, 2010 at 10:03 am

have been wanting to try this place! the place looks really nice and i’m eyeing the seared tuna and choc cake! hehehe

March 10th, 2010 at 10:45 am

Have noticed them during their midst of setting up the place. But have yet to have the budget to spend there. They are in my FaceBook list ever since they open their doors.

March 10th, 2010 at 11:52 am

I have spent many great evenings in That Little Wine Bar and trust me when I say that the food is worth every penny spent… personal favorite is the mushroom quiche, but the best way to order if you can’t decide what to have is to pick anything off the specials board…. it’s all sooooo good.

March 10th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Oh thanks for sharing !!!! I never knew there’s a place like that. I’ve been wondering… and now it does offer food apart from wine. :)

March 10th, 2010 at 2:37 pm
Faiza Brunner

Fantastic blog! We live in Switzerland but I grew up in Penang. We’re looking for a place to host reunion dinner with family and friends in June and unfortunately because of another client we won’t be able to host it at the Chein Fatt Tze mansion. Could you suggest a place that has a heritage value in Penang but at the same time serves Halal local fare (it could be Chinese, Nyonya, anything!) we’re thinking for a 100 people?? Your recommendations would be highly appreciated!

March 10th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Faiza Brunner – Do kindly check as I have forwarded an email to you regarding your above queries.

March 10th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

the way they recommend food of the day very special and cute!!! XD~

March 10th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

pirate (as Tomes calls himself)

-a person who attacks and robs ships at see (they come, they steal, they go)

…Also, a person who appropriates or reproduces the work of another for profit without permission, usually in contravention of patent or copyright.

March 11th, 2010 at 1:31 am

another great place to dine.

March 12th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Faiza Brunner, My be you look at the Peranakan Mansion and then get caterers to cater. It used to be the Triad of yesteryears HQ.

March 13th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I love how their blackboard with recommendations look! interesting! :)

March 14th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

can i have wine buffet there? :D

CK Lam Reply:

Do give them a call to check out the details…they do have wine tasting sessions.

March 16th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

the environment of the Bar its different and those foods are so special!

April 7th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

This place was lovely
I couldn’t find this kind of place few years back
but its popping up in Penang now.. Viva Penang

I was able to meet the owner’s wife Louise, she was very friendly and helpful on the wine and food selection..Even shown me around private dining room.

Thumbs up for this coolzy wine place that would allow a lot of Penang wine lovers to seek for treasures!

April 20th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

i must visit this place some day.!

May 9th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Thank you everyone for your comments and feedback.

May 9th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Just visited this place a few nights ago. Agree that the mushroom quiche was good but the chocolate cake was disastrous. I was really disappointed with it.

July 26th, 2010 at 2:45 am

The tuna looks soooo good.

Your blog’s making me miss Penang. Haven’t been back in a while now!

August 15th, 2010 at 11:37 pm

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