We ate in the restaurant of casa Barry twice during a ten day stay in tofo. It clearly occupies a great location with wonderful views of the whole of tofo bay. It also houses the marine megafauna foundation which is doing excellent conservation work with whale sharks and manta rays.
However, our experience of the restaurant was hugely disappointing. We were there out if season and the menu was small, but standard, including fish of the day and chicken options. However, both the starters we ordered (chicken bites and prawn bites) were not available, and a vegetarian option was the only alternative. The first time, we were not too upset by this and the rest of the meal was fine.
The second time we visited, a week later, it was the same story but a lot worse. There were still no chicken or prawn starters (take them off the menu!!!), and 2 minutes before our main courses were served we were told there was no rice! Having finished our main courses we had to wait a good 15 minutes to order dessert as our waiter was having his own supper, and the other waiter was studiously ignoring us. Once our waiter had finished eating, he came back over, but When we asked to order dessert he told us that of the two options on the blackboard only one was available as they had run out of ice cream. Unbelievable!
The waiter we had on our first visit was lovely, but the second time, was arrogant and couldn't seem to care less about us. Not great.
All in all, we got the distinct impression that casa Barry was functioning at half strength as it was low season. Nonetheless, I wouldn't go back, even in high season as the whole experience felt arrogant and stuck up, as if the customer was a mere inconvenience. The complete opposite of how a restaurant should feel!
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