IT is a match made in heaven when it comes to food and wine pairing at The Wine Shop in Penang. Diners are in for an amazing foodie experience indulging in the best of two worlds.
Entering the outlets located in Lintang Burma, Pulau Tikus, and Olive Residency (beside Olive Tree Hotel) in Bayan Lepas, is always a delight to the senses.
The interior oozes modern comforts with a touch of old world charm.
Soak in the addictive relaxing vibe as you enjoy the simple pleasures of life with family and friends.
The predominantly Western dishes are artfully prepared and complemented by an extensive wine list from around the globe.
For those not familiar with The Wine Shop, one side is dedicated to dining and the other to the retailing of wines.
There is also a deli featuring a commendable selection of gourmet meats, sausages and cheeses.
Elevating the classic cheeseboard to a whole new level is imported truffle cheese with Hungarian honeycomb, a heavenly combo of sweet and savoury best paired with Pinot Gris.
This new found flavour provides the perfect contrast with the natural sweetness of the honey complementing the salty nature of the cheese.
The signature deep-fried pork knuckle has been given a new twist – it is first boiled before being deep fried to get the crispy on the outside and fork tender on the inside texture.
A German specialty, the knuckle is enticingly delicious to stimulate taste buds.
The dish is accompanied by green salad, pickles and brown sauce on the side and goes well with Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Another favourite is the bacon roll – Bratwurst pork sausages wrapped with streaky bacon and paired with Malbec – while it is love at first bite for cheese enthusiasts when it comes to the cheesy pork burger.
Paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, the burger is a mouthful of homemade beef patty with three types of melted cheese (raclette, cheddar and mild cheddar), onion chutney, gherkin and fries.
Other specials here include chicken liver pate, Johnsonville sausages, mixed grill combo and Hokkaido scallops. The gourmet cheese and meat platters are also must-have with wines.
Choices for the mains consist of gammon ham steak, TWS glazed BBQ pork ribs, pork Schnitzel (breaded pork chop with melted cheese), ragout of lamb, beef cheeks and grilled tiger prawns.
For something lighter, there are pastas, noodles and pizzas.
Popular are fried Korean noodle, cheesy spaghetti bolognese and spaghetti vongole while the pizza comprises grilled chicken ham, spicy salami and pork sausage & bacon.
There are also soups, salads and starters like lump fish caviar, parma wrap rock melon, escargots, quesadillas, honey and Worcester-shire chicken wings and caramelised roast pork.
And not forgetting desserts such as creme brulee, chocolate cake, whole blueberry tart and chocolate tart. Set lunch priced at RM18.90 nett is available from 12pm to 3pm daily.
Operating hours for both the dining side are from 12pm to 1am while the retail for Pulau Tikus outlet starts at 9am and the Bayan Lepas outlet at 10am. Both shops are closed on Sundays.
For details and reservations, call 04-2261824 (Pulau Tikus) or 04-6111885 (Bayan Lepas), or log on to www.thewineshoppg.com.my or www.facebook.com/TWSPG.