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Dutch Indonesian rijst tafel (rice table buffet)

buffalo_billy Jun 30, 2006 06:57 AM

Anyone out there know of any local Indonesian restaurants that serve good "rijst tafel" (Dutch for rice table) usually an elaborate buffet with rice as the main dish and with many side dishes of different variety with unique flavors/spices. Mostly meat and chicken, fish, shrimp and vegetable dishes. These restaurants are popular in Holland.

  1. elmomonster Jun 30, 2006 06:12 PM

    There are a few Indonesian places around LA. The only one I've heard of being confirmed as doing rijst tafel is Indo Cafe, but like trulikedat mentioned, you should call ahead first.

    Here are some other Indonesian options in LA.

    Indo Kitchen in Alhambra. Home cooking, served in a itty bitty room.:

    Toko Rame in Bellflower serves Halal Indonesian. The food is prepared in strict adherence to the Muslim religion. The dishes are often hot, spicy and bold -- a signature of the Padang region the cooks are from:

    and last, but certainly not least, Pondok Kaki Lima at the Duarte Inn. This is a gathering of a half dozen Indonesian food vendors who set up tents at the Duarte Inn parking lot. The variety of foods served is dizzying, the atmosphere is fun and loose. Happens every Saturday morning:

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      BeachGrub Jun 30, 2006 05:25 PM

      Ramayani on Westwood Blvd in Westwood does rijst tafel. I haven't been in a while but it is very good.

      Another place is Bayan in Manhattan Beach. I used to go to the one in Redondo Beach and the full table presentation was very good. That one closed however, and I haven't been the MB one.

      Saw this link and I can't vouch for any of the others.

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      1. re: BeachGrub
        Nicole Jun 30, 2006 08:52 PM

        I've been to the Banyan in Manhattan Beach. Didn't have their rijst tafel, had their regular menu. I didn't really like the food...for instance, I remember the chicken being really fatty and greasy. That said, you got a large quantity of food for a low price, and the service was very good. But it was definitely quantity over quality...I wouldn't go back there.

        1. re: Nicole
          Dommy Jun 30, 2006 08:56 PM

          Yeah, I don't think Banyan does a rijst tafel, I have been several times with friends and none of them impressed me. It seems like everything was doused in peanut sauce there...


      2. Dommy Jun 30, 2006 03:39 PM

        I've done the rijst tafel at Indo Cafe, and while it was a nice meal, it was a bit heavy and the variety was not as wonderful as you describe. Just a little warning to temper expectations if you do indeed decide to go...


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          truliketrudat Jun 30, 2006 03:34 PM

          I think i remmeber seeing something about Indo Cafe offering rijst tafel. You may have to call about it and ask in advance.

          The Indo Café
          10428 1/2 National Blvd
          Los Angeles, CA 90034
          (310) 815-1290

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