Tucked away in a French colonial villa on a Hoan Kiem backstreet, Tierra Wine Bar has the feel of a high-class speakeasy.

With no natural light and ultra chilled-out electronic music, the brick walls have been stripped of plaster drywall and the original tiles left untouched. Mood lighting permeates both rooms, giving the place an intense air of sophistication.

 

 

 

Little touches, such as a glass table filled with wine corks and a wall with a facade crafted of wine crates, remind you of Tierra’s stock in trade.

 

Since its opening a year and a half ago, owner Dang Nga said the intention was to affordably introduce wine to Hanoians who hadn’t yet grown a taste for that particular vice. Costs are kept low, partially because Nga is also in the import business.

 

“We want to build a concept with the fine wines from all over the world, with reasonable prices, and introduce to as many people as we can, even people who never knew before about wine," she added.

 

Some 60 wines are on the menu, ranging from a VND380,000 Australian Cabernet to a VND3.86 million 2011 Chateau Canon. Wines from across the world are represented, although there is a special emphasis on Bordeaux.

Tierra is as much about good wine as it is about good food


Good Wine, Good Food

 

The wine, however, is only half the story. With a full kitchen at hand, a large menu of French-inspired dishes can keep drinkers lingering for a lengthy meal.

 

Diners may start a meal with a platter of cheese and cold cuts with a bottle of wine (VND500,000), with the cheese imported directly from France. Salads, some heavier than others, include salmon Nicoise (VND188,000) and the shrimp Avo (VND228,000).

 

Main course offerings are extensive and mostly western. Grilled US beef steak (VND258,000 for 140 grams, VND308,000 for 180 grams), as well as the roasted duck breast (VND298,000) are both served in mushroom sauce. A salmon fillet is served with orange butter sauce (VND358,000).

 

The menus also offers six pasta options, including carbonara (VND188,000) and vegetarian pasta (VND128,000).

 

Most dishes are western, although for a touch of Southeast Asia, order the deep-fried tiger prawns with almonds ad Thai chilli sauce (VND358,000) or the stir-fried beef with asparagus and mushrooms (VND338,000).

 

The food is designed to pair well with wine, and the dozens of options don’t make that difficult. As Nga explained, bringing out the enjoyment in wine is Tierra’s mission.

 

“We are not only selling the wine, we want to introduce the wine culture,” said Nga.

 

Tierra Wine Bar is at 25 Ha Hoi, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

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