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Restaurant Belvedere – Attentive classic restaurant in Grindelwald, Switzerland

  • Food
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
3.8

Summary

As the main dining hall within Hotel Belvedere in Grindelwald, this 1980’s styled space serves up classic Swiss with a dash of Italian created from meat and fish sourced from Switzerland. It has a broad selection of wines from Switzerland and the service was one of the best we had. The hall felt a touch cold and formal for us, but it is a friendly & efficient place. Good for families with children. 

What is the food like?

Classic Swiss with a dash of Italian. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast for hotel guests in the morning and offers an a la carte menu for dinner. The menu is created from meat and fish sourced from Switzerland. Expect char, perch, alpine salmon from the lakes and beef from the local farms. You will find Swiss traditional dishes like fondue, rösti as well as Italian flairs like home-made gnocchi and risotto with truffle. Dishes are also available gluten-free (advance noticed required).

How is the drinks selection?

Swiss wine. There is a decent selection of wines from Old World producers on the menu, but what caught our eyes is the broad selection of wines from Switzerland. Only 2% of Swiss wines are exported, hence, they are not commonly available outside of Switzerland. Therefore, why not sample and experience wines from the region of Valais, Vaud or Ticino while you are here.

What is the place like?

1980’s elegance. The restaurant is within Hotel Belvedere, one of the pioneering hotels within Grindelwald. The dining space has a 1980’s elegant design with mustard yellow chair covers, dark wood plank flooring and big heavy curtains. It is a bright space and has high ceiling with over-sized wooden ceiling beams. It feels a touch cold and formal which they tried to lighten with beautiful pots of orchids.

Who are the patrons?

Families with children. Not many young couples as the ambience doesn’t lend itself to a romantic evening.

How was the service?

Friendly & efficient. The service was one of the best we had in any restaurant. We were looked after by a few staff over the course of the evening and they were all pleasant and attentive. It was a breeze to get their attention and requests were promptly executed. They offered to hold our mains while we waited for another one of our guest to arrive. Flawless.

Is it child friendly?

Definitely. There is a children menu with the standard dishes and most staff are attentive to them. While we were there, the children were treated with a children’s version of amuse-bouche. The waitress (Sonya) was also happy to provide them with adult’s version when a couple of the children request for them (nicely). As the children were getting a bit restless towards the end of the meal, an attentive waitress read the signals and brought out colouring activities booklets to keep them entertained.

Is it dog friendly?

No.

Good value?

Decent. The prices are at the top-end of restaurants in Grindelwald, but you don’t get the ambience nor outstanding food quality. But, at least you won’t be charged here for water like most restaurants in Grindelwald.


See below for what my dining companions and I indulged in for this review in February 2022 (prices quoted include VAT):

Wine

2017 San Rustico Gaso Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Classico Superiore (Recommend)

A good value full-bodied red from 430km away by Lake Garda in northeast Italy. This Valpolicella has been upgraded to Ripasso-grade by adding fermenting grape skins from its more premium cousin, the Amarone, to give it a bolder flavour, tannin and body.

The winemaker at San Rustico (sanrustico.it) has also refined this wine in Slavonia (northern Croatia) and Allier (Central France) oak barrels for about 24 months. This result in a deep ruby red coloured wine with a bouquet of ripe dried berries on the nose and rich flavours on the palate with a bitter finish. CHF54


Starters

Smoked salmon on toast with horseradish and a salad composition (Recommend)

A lovely starter of delicious cured and smoked salmon on freshly toasted white bread. The delicate smoke and salty flavours came through stronger with a hint of the hot horseradish. Part of Valentine’s 3-course menu CHF79

Pea soup (Recommend)

A noted traditional combination and made well by the kitchen. The drizzle of bacon oil added a meaty flavour to it while the fancy minty foam helped to enhance the overall taste. CHF16


Mains

Roasted pike perch accompanied by Parisienne potatoes and sauerkraut refined with mascarpone and cranberries (Recommend)

An unusual pairing of cranberries sauce with roasted fish. The pike perch, also known as Zander, is a popular local fish from the lakes of Switzerland. It has a mild flavour, but beautifully roasted and worked well with sourness from the sauerkraut and sweetness of the cranberries and wholesomeness from the mascarpone. Part of Valentine’s 3-course menu CHF79

Beef sirloin (Recommend)

Another example of the emphasis on locally sourced produce. The perfectly cooked beef is sourced from a local butcher in Interlaken and it is full of flavour. The mushroom and baby onions are infused with flavours from the beef, but the rösti fries was a touch overdone and the smoked green pepper sauce did not deliver the punch that we expected. CHF56

Acquerello risotto with black truffle and herb oil (Recommend)

What is Acquerello risotto (acquerello.it)? An aged Italian rice which has more flavours, a firmer bite and high nutritional properties. It has been endorsed by world-famous chefs including Alain Ducasse who referenced it as “The Roll Royce of rice”. It didn’t taste much different from other risotto that we have tasted in this occasion. Beautifully presented, but could do with a touch more truffle. CHF42


Dessert

Valentine’s surprise – Fruity meringue (Recommend)

A light and fluffy ring of cream topped with a meringue and droplets of cherry sauce on a crunchy and equally light wafer. The lightness of the textures and the flavours worked beautifully together. Part of Valentine’s 3-course menu CHF79

Lava cake (Do not recommend)

Disappointed as the lava was flowing out from the cake as we sliced it open. The flavour was good and had a decent fluffy texture. CHF16


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