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P. Powers Apr 25, 2000 03:53 AM

We just had rijstafel for the first time in Amsterdam. Does anyone know of a Chicago restaurant where I can find anything that resembles this great meal?

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    Laura Levy Shatkin May 26, 2000 07:53 AM

    You might try Tre Kronor at 3258 W. Foster. They serve Scandivavian fare.

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    1. re: Laura Levy Shatkin
      ursine Jul 12, 2000 10:26 AM

      It's Indonesian; not Scandanavian. I don't know if there are any Indonesian restaurants around.

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        festus Jul 14, 2000 06:10 PM

        August Moon in Bridgeport (!) serves rijstafel. i believe you have to order in advance. Probably better to do W/ a group of people.

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          shachi May 7, 2007 07:15 PM

          I'm pretty sure august moon is closed. The closest Indonesian restaurant in the area is in Madison, WI.

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      rubyromano May 7, 2007 07:05 PM

      When I was a child (OK, a long time ago), my parents used to take us to the Pump Room on occasion. They had a "rijstafel curry" for which they brough side dishes of raisins, coconut, chutney, etc...I loved coconut and adored the dish. Haven't been to the Pump Room since Lettuce Entertain You took over it (yes, I'm a bit of a romantic), but it appears that this dish is no longer on the menu. So, no, I don't know where we can find rijstafel and would join you in asking others.

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      1. re: rubyromano
        bryan May 7, 2007 09:04 PM

        Lettuce hasn't owned the Pump Room for several years now.

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        fryrose May 7, 2007 07:09 PM

        I asked this question a few years ago and never had any luck. Here's hoping a rijstafel shows up!

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          rubinow May 7, 2007 09:48 PM

          I've never heard of this, but I looked it up and it sounds great.


          1. chicgail May 8, 2007 05:20 AM

            I had an amazing memorable rijstafel in Amsterdam many years ago and have looked for it here to no avail. it means "Rice Table" and, as I understand it is a Dutch colonial version of a traditional Indoesian feast. There is a basic rice dish and many exotic side dishes of meats, fruits and vegetables.

            I've never seen it anywhere but Amsterdam.

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              bethann May 10, 2007 03:51 PM

              The Reader had a blog about this a few weeks ago. Apparently there's a place in Des Plaines that offers a rijstafel once a month:


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              1. re: bethann
                penguinista May 11, 2007 08:31 PM

                It doesn't serve rijstafel, but I think that Penang in Chinatown has decent malaysian food, which is similar to indonesian.

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