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Walton on Thames, United Kingdom
August 23, 2005
Our initial impression was not positive, as a rather disinterested waiter showed us to a table that had a dirty tablecloth. He then vanished.
After waiting for a while, I procured the drinks menu from the waiter station. When the waiter did turn up, we ordered (with a little difficulty, as we don't speak any German) the small version of afternoon tea (19chf).
Shortly after this, a stag party of about 20 guys was shown in. We groaned inwardly as the restaurant was rearranged to accommodate them, the ambience (such as there was) was obviously disturbed, and they proceeded to order beer. The groom (we assume) walked over to the grand piano and started playing it. The staff made no attempt to stop him. He continued playing very badly for about 15 minutes, without a comment from the staff. It was plainly annoying everyone. The group then finished their single beer and left.
The afternoon tea arrived on a wonky cake stand that had seen better days. Although it tasted quite pleasant, there wasn’t much of it for the money.
The next day, we thought we would give them a second chance and have dinner. We liked the idea of the pianist. We arrived at about 6:30pm, and the grand piano had been modified by the addition of a keyboard (on top) and speakers, which filled us with trepidation.
This time we had to show ourselves to a table and find the menus. The evening menu is very expensive (almost twice as expensive as everywhere else in Interlaken), with main courses at around 35-45chf. When the surly waiter did turn up, I ordered the veal and my wife chose a potato salad. There was no pianist, and he did not manifest himself at any point when we were there. Sometime later (just as I was about to go in search of our meal), it arrived. My veal was presented as deep-fried, breaded veal with chips. This was a meal costing £20, which I could have prepared for about a fiver after shopping at the coop. It was very oily and the chips were salty. My wife’s potato salad was horrible, with the potatoes barely being cooked.
After we had eaten what we could, we complained about the potato salad, which was removed from our bill. Of course, the bill didn’t arrive, and I had to pursue a waiter for it. He then ignored my request, finally arriving once we got up and put our coats on. We left and got dessert elsewhere.
I would recommend avoiding Shuh like the plague. The food was terrible and very overpriced, and the service was awful. Clearly it has gone downhill since some of the other reviews. There are far better restaurants available.
From journal Interlaken - Alps Country!
December 22, 2000
I followed her advice and she did not lead me astray. She said that the one "must" dining experience is to have pastries at the Schuh.
On a brilliantly sunny day in June, I walked down the Hoheweg and arrived at the Schuh. It has the perfect location, just on the perimeter of the local park, where daily dozens of parasailers land from their daring jumps.
I was seated on the terrace in the back of the restaurant and from that vantage point you have a commanding view of the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau summits. As an addition to the remarkable views, a pianist was also on hand to add a lyrical flavor to the surroundings.
I ordered cinnamon spiced tea and an almond creme pastry that were both about the finest that I have ever had. The pastry was melt in your mouth delicious and I wish that I could have eaten a dozen more. The service was prompt but not rushed and I took advantage of the tranquil setting to take out my journal and collect my thoughts on paper.
I highly recommend the Schuh as a dining or after dinner destination in Interlaken.
From journal Dining Out in Interlaken