Barrys Restaurant serves a homely selection of popular Swiss dishes as well as comfort food like burgers and meat with mashed potatoes. It has a cosy alpine lodge ambience with low warm lightings, pine-like wood walls and ceilings and lovely replica kerosene lamp ceiling lights. The combination of homely food and cosy atmosphere makes it a popular choice for families, friends as well as couples. The service is impeccable and you will be well looked after at Barrys.
What is the food like?
Swiss comfort food. Barrys serves a homely selection of popular Swiss dishes as well as comfort food like burgers and meat with mashed potatoes. On the Swiss representation, there are cheese fondue, meat fondue and a range of rösti – crispy thinly grated pan-fried potatoes. You can have the rösti with salmon, piri-piri chicken, beef cheek and even lamb curry. They have a number of non-meat options like veggie burger, vegan pasta as well as Quorn meat or tofu with rösti.
During our visit, we found the dishes to be more of “a miss” rather than “a hit”. They tasted mass-produced with mix of over-flavouring or too bland.
How is the drinks selection?
Swiss wines and cocktails. There is a comprehensive wine menu as well as a selection of cocktails like old-fashioned, negroni, margarita, long island, cosmopolitan, caipirinha and the list goes on. The wine list is well represented by good valued Swiss winemakers as well as Old World producers with most bottles ranging from CHF40 to CHF120. There are 29 choices of whites and 23 reds from the various regions across Switzerland. You can even pick them up from the walk-in wine cellar.
What is the place like?
Cosy alpine lodge. It is a fairly large restaurant occupying most of the 1st floor of Eiger Selfness Hotel. Barrys has a cosy ambience from the low warm lightings as well as ceiling starlights in some parts of the restaurant. The homely alpine feel is accentuated with the extensive use of pine-like wood on the walls, ceilings, partitions and those lovely kerosene lamps replicas. They have creatively organised the space to create individual niches to make the space more homey – there is even a large log cabin within the restaurant.
Who are the patrons?
Happy families in alpine gears laughing about the adventures from the day in the mountains. A few tables of couples enjoying the relaxed romantic atmosphere on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Tables of friends fooling about enjoying the fun of Barrys and Grindelwald.
How was the service?
Impeccable. Online reservation was seamless. We were given a warm welcome on arrival by Daniel. Our waiter from Thailand was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, prompt and spoke great English. The service was consistently good even as the restaurant got busier later in the evening. You will be well looked after.
Is it child friendly?
Yes. But do note that the low cosy lighting will bring the the energy level down quite quickly and you will have sleepy babies especially after an active day on the slopes.
Is it dog friendly?
One of the better value restaurants in Grindelwald. Generous portions. Eiger and Eiger Lodge hotel guest will receive a 10% discount on food.
See below for what my dining companions and I indulged in for this review in December 2021 (prices quoted include VAT):
2015 Château de Malleret (Recommend)
A good value, bold and big flavour wine from Haut-Médoc in Bordeaux (chateau-malleret.fr). This full bodied wine is made from 53% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Franc. Vivid notes of plum and blackberry on the nose. It is dry and well balanced with notes of oak and leather on the palate. CHF55
Salad from the buffet (Recommend)
Help yourself to the salad buffet which has a selection of lettuce, sweetcorn, cucumber, carrot, tomatoes, beetroot, rocket, croutons, etc. Douse with olive oil or flavoured olive oil. Fresh ingredients and fun to pick whatever you fancy from the wide selection. CHF10
Eiger Rock 500g (Recommend)
A healthy slab of Swiss dry aged beef. Well cooked and juicy on the inside. Would have been better if charred at a higher heat to give it a more smoky burnt flavour on the outside. Came with nine variety of sauces for you to work through with the tender beef – chimichurri, mustard, dijon mustard, chutney, béarnaise, aioli, tartare and one other unidentified sauce. Also available in 1kg for CHF 220. CHF115
Rindsburger & pommes frites 200g (Do not recommend)
Regular beef burger with lettuce, tomatoes, onions as well as Grindelwald raclette cheese served with a healthy portion of rustic fries. The bread was a touch dry and hard for us and the burger patty wasn’t flavoursome. CHF28
Swiss beef cheek rösti (Do not recommend)
Swiss classic of rösti with beef cheek in “Burgundy style”, carrots and potatoes. The beef was perfectly braised, melted in our mouth, but the red wine bourguignon sauce was too sweet for our liking. The rösti was flat and dry, lacking richness in flavours. CHF38
Swiss veal cordon bleu (Do not recommend)
A breaded Swiss veal stuffed with ham and cheese on the inside. It was served with potatoes and carrots. The veal was dry, almost tasted like it was pre-made and reheated. Disappointed. CHF42
Käsefondue moitié-moitié (Recommend)
Cheese fondue with ruchbrot (Swiss bread) from a local Grindelwald bakery and Swiss potatoes. Generous portion and good flavoured cheese. Works a charm in the winter. CHF27 per person