Friday, April 8, 2011

Sommerz Heritage Bistro & Heritage Coffee @ Hardwicke House, Northam Tower, No. 67 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang. (Non Halal)

The SOMMERZ HERITAGE BISTRO & HERITAGE COFFEE are located at No. 67, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang /  junction of Jalan Pangkor and Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah. The two (2) outlets are owned by the same proprietor and they offer a choice of two (2) concepts to their customers.

Location Map of Sommerz Heritage Bistro & Heritage Coffee
Google Map GPS : 5.427682,100.320604

No. 01 : Views showing the Sommerz Heritage Bistro & Heritage Coffee at Hardwicke House

No. 02 : The Black & White Picture showing the Hardwicke House was captured
during the early days

Hardwicke House is one of the Oldest Heritage Home along Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah (Formerly known as Northam Road) and known as "Millionair's Row".

The house was erected on 3 acre of land at the turn of the 20th Century. It was originally owned by the Penang Club which was sold to Dr. WC Brown who was a Medical Doctor from Harley Street in 1887. He named it 'Hardwick House' after 'Hardwick Hall' in Derbyshire, England. 'Hardwick Hall' owned by the Duke of Devonshire. It was built and designed for the Bess of Hardwick who was at that time, after Queen Elizabeth, the most powerful and richest woman in England. Today it is an English Heritage Building managed by the National Trust. In 2006, it was selected by the BBC Documentary as one of the Britian's Best Buildings. 'Hardwick Hall' was used as Malfoy Manor in the book and movie 'Harry Porter and the Deathly Hallows'.

In 1905, the house was sold to Late Khaw Sim Kong of the Raja of Ranong family of Southern Thailand and also related to Late Khaw Sim Bee. During the 1st World War, the Building was sold to a Prominent Lawyer, Late Lim Cheng Ean who was later became a Legislative Councilor and the 1st Chinese Magistrate of the Straits Settlement. The last owner occupant of the house was his 3rd son, Late Lim Kean Siew, a well-known Penang Lawyer and Social Activist. There was a Tennis Court infront of the house and Horse Stable at the rear portion of the house.

 Sommerz Heritage Bistro

The Sommerz Heritage Bistro which is located on the 1st Floor of Hardwicke House, with a wonderful Heritage Ambience perfect for an inexpensive dinner over a glass of wine.

 Contact :-
Sommerz Heritage Bistro
Handphone No. : 017 - 474 7478 (Ms. Jacqui)

Business Hours :-
Sommerz Heritage Bistro
Open Daily from 6.00 pm to 1.00 am

No. 03 : View after the Entrance of Main Door at the Ground Floor.

No. 04 : View of the Classic Wooden Fleet of Stairs from the 1st Floor.

No. 05 : Cosy and I Dinning Area on the 1st Floor.
No. 06 : View of Main Dining Area on 1st Floor.

No. 07 : Wide selection of imported Beers (Hoegaarden, Paulaner, Victoria Bitter, Erdinger, Corona etc) and Wines (starting from just RM55++)

No. 08 : White Wine - Terra Noble
Sauvignoon Blanc 2005
Maulc Valley
(Product of Chille)

 No. 09 : Red Wine - Hardys
Shiraz 2009
(Product of Australia)

No. 10 : Sommerz Caesar Salad (RM12.00++) - Fresh Romaine Greens, Special Caesar Sauce, Pork Bacon Bits, Croutons and a Poached Egg.

No. 11: BBQ Baby Pork Ribs (Half Slab) - Sauteed Onions, Wedges & Coleslaw.
(Half Slab - RM26.90++ or Full Slab - RM44.90++)
The recipe is from Texas, America.

No. 12 : Sommerz Rice Set (RM23.90++) - Rice with Devil Pork Curry, Chicken Rendang,
Ikan Bilis and Acar.

No. 13 : Devil Curry Pork (Choice of Pork or Chicken)  with Fresh Bread.

A famous dish of the local Portuguese community, it is wonderfully tasty and spicy.
It is freshly made from a family recipe.
Served with fresh bread, this goes fantastic with beers or white wines!

Rating :-
  1. Ambience : 4 (Heritage Ambience)
  2. Choices of Food : 4 (Wide Range of Choices)
  3. Taste of the Food : 4 (BBQ Pork Ribs - Highly Recommended)
  4. Pricing : 3
  5. Service : 4
  6. Facilities : 4 (Equiped with Sound System & Speakers / TVs / Free Wifi / Rest Room on Every Floor / Ample Parking Bay / Large Wine Bar / Games Room - Pool & Darts)
Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Excellent)

No. 14 : The Current Promotion on Wed, Fri and Sat is the "free flow wine" 4-course dinners at only RM50++.
 Great Vulue for Money ! 

 Heritage Coffee

The Heritage Coffee which is located on the Ground Floor of Hardwicke House, with the Outdoor 'Chill-Out' ambience and offers a wide range of Local, Chinese & Western Fare for an informal Lunch or Dinners.

No. 15 : View of Bar/Service Counter of Heritage Coffee.

Contact :-
Heritage Coffee
Handphone No. : 017 - 557 4811 (Mr. Aun)

Business Hours :-
Heritage Coffee
Open Daily from 11.00 am to 1.00 am

* Note : Sundays Champagne Brunch from 11.00 am will commence on May 2011

No. 16 : Char Koay Teow (Choice of Regular – RM8.90++ or with Extra Prawns – RM12.90++)

No. 17 : Hokkien Mee (Regular – RM8.90++)

No. 18 : Hokkien Mee (Extra Prawns in a Claypot – RM14.90++)

No. 19 : Seafood in Claypot for 2-3 Persons (RM33.90++)

Especially good with beer or white wine! It has a medley of fresh prawns, mussels, scallops, clams and squid in special hot and sour sauce.
    No. 20 : "Dong Po" Pork (RM22.90++)  A special recipe of pork: steamed, wine marinated, fried and slowly braised for a tasty and tender pork served in our special sweet sauce.
    Served with steamed rice.
    No. 21 : Seafood Aglio Olio (RM15++) - Pasta with a fresh seafood mixed of squid, clams, mussels and prawns tossed in olive oil, garlic and chopped bell peppers garnished with herbs. The pasta is cooked just right to be slightly firm and springy.
    No. 22 : Chicken Chop Burger (RM15++)  - A chrispy fried chicken chop served with a bun and special sauce.
     No. 23 : Pork Burger (RM16++) - A Signature Burger that uses fresh pork minced and blended it with spices to make a wonderful pattie
No. 24 : The Current Menu of Express Set Lunch
From 11.30 am to 2.30 pm

Rating :-
  1. Ambience : 4 (Outdoor 'Chill-Out' Ambience)
  2. Choices of Food : 4 (Wide Range of Choices)
  3. Taste of the Food : 4 (Seafood in Claypot - Highly Recommended)
  4. Pricing : 3
  5. Service : 4
  6. Facilities : 4 (Equiped with Sound System & Speakers / Fans / TVs / Free Wifi / Rest Room on Every Floor / Ample Parking Bay)

Note : 1-2 (Poor) / 3 (Average) / 4 (Good) / 5 (Excellent)

 UPDATED ON 8th DECEMBER, 2011 (i.e. THUR)

As i was passing by the SOMMERZ HERITAGE BISTRO & HERITAGE COFFEE on the way to my office on 8th December 2011 (i.e. Thursday), i noticed that the whole building of Hardwicke House  was vacant. Later i learned that SOMMERZ HERITAGE BISTRO & HERITAGE COFFEE has been closed down for more than 3 months ago.

Sad to learn that SOMMERZ HERITAGE BISTRO & HERITAGE COFFEE has been closed down and I am going to miss the BBQ Baby Pork Ribs (Half Slab) - Sauteed Onions, Wedges & Coleslaw very much. :-(

No. 25 : General View of the vacant building of Hardwicke House 
from Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah showing that 

1 comment:

  1. hi Sam,
    I came across to your blog when I was searching for info about hardwicke house in Penang
    there has bee a lot changes in this building
    and now my company is taking over this place to make it into a lifestyle hub > with healthcare, cafe, etc.

    I would like to request for your consensus to allow me use your photo take in those old good days as a sharing to my audience of the old look of the building

    hope to hear from you
    my email address is