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Mar 24, 2008 09:20 AM

Best Indonesian in Amsterdam?

I will be in Amsterdam for one night (in April, a Thurs) and am told the Indonesian restaurants are very good. Is Sabo Seba a good option? Will be dining alone so no need for a scene really -- good hole in the wall place would be great.

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  1. I liked the food there very much. I don't think dining alone would be a problem, although it's hard to say having been there only once. The staff was more than kind and explained all the dishes to us and how to eat them. The neighbourhood is very safe, too, if that's a concern.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      Sama Sebo was great when I ate there in 2002...though that was a while back.

      1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

        I was last there in 2004, and I thought it was excellent, including the service. I'll be in Amsterdam in 2 weeks, but we'll be trying some new places this time - probably no Indonesian or I'd report back.

    2. Tempo Doeloe and Blue Pepper are both very good and reliable and represent opposite ends of the "Indones" dining spectrum: Tempo Doeloe is very traditional with impressive rijsttafels, and Blue Pepper is a very modernised take.

      Avoid the frequently recommended Radèn Mas. I've never been to Sama Sebo, so I can't help there.

      BTW, the IENS (both book and website) is an indispensable resource for visitors to Amsterdam:

      Blue Pepper
      Nassaukade 366 Amsterdam

      Tempo Doeloe
      Utrechtsestraat 75, Amsterdam

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      1. re: obsessive

        Any little semi-hole-in-the-wallish places, not expensive?

        Preferably in East Amsterdam, near Dappermarkt...

        1. re: lagatta

          Funny, I've stayed several times at the hotel in Oosterpark and never knew about Dappermarkt (was too busy going back and forth to Kruislaan by tram).

          I don't know of any personally. The IENS guide mentions three in Oost, but none have been rated:

          1. re: obsessive

            That would be the hotel next to Tropenmuseum (which by the way also has a "world-food" restaurant).

            Dappermarkt is a five-minute walk from there.

            1. re: lagatta

              Yes, that's the one. It's the NH Tropen Hotel.

              FWIW, it's a short ride on the 9 (or 14) tram from Oosterpark to Rembrandtplien and then a 5 minute walk down Utrechtsestraat to Tempo Doeloe. Tempo Doeloe isn't a hole in the wall, though. But it won't disappoint either.

              1. re: obsessive

                Hmm, just saw another thread that suggests that Tempo Doeloe may have gone downhill. I haven't been there in over four years so I can't say. That's always a danger with recommendations.

      2. About 3 years ago, I flew to Amsterdam just to eat at Tempo Doeloe. Ate; stayed overnight; flew home next day.

        The rijstaffel was a great experience. Worth all the expense.