Irrawaddy Fine Foods, Penang1 Jan 2012
Irrawaddy Fine Foods is the latest venture from Penang-based expatriates Chef Tommes and Louise, who also run the award-winning That Little Wine Bar on Chow Thye Road.
Irrawaddy Fine Foods only opened in November but already it’s the talk of Penang, It’s located in a fashionable street surrounded by local and international eateries.
As you enter the main delicatessen immediately you are hit with the most wonderful aromas, a mixture of freshly baked breads, basil from the home-style pizza’s and brewed coffee.
The delicatessen is well laid out and full of gourmet items such as a wide range of cut meats, bacon, cheeses, jams, chutneys, homemade baked items, plus beers and sausages specially imported from around the world.
Their New York style salad bar is a refreshing addition to Penang, serving unique sandwiches, such as the Reuben and the Middle-Eastern falafel wrap. The sandwiches are made with breads baked daily on the premises. Their baguette is the best I’ve tasted in Penang. If you close your eyes and take a bite you could imagine you were sitting in a Paris café. I also tried their fennel and cumin loaf, it was simply delicious. Lots more bread to try!
There are a few dining areas, at the back of the delicatessen in a very cosy covered garden area, an al fresco area outside and an upstairs dining area with balcony are all perfect to chill out with a lazy breakfast, morning coffee with friends or lunch.
Irrawaddy Fine Foods is very impressive and a place that all foodies must try.
Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10am until 6pm, but for later pick up it is possible to phone in orders and collect from That Little Wine Bar too (5pm until midnight).