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SeaCook Oct 14, 2009 12:43 PM

I was eating eating at an Indonesain restaruant the other day when it occured to me taht I have seen a rijsttafel meal offered at an Indonesian restaurant in years. Has anyone seen a rijsttafel? Any suggestions?

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    ozhead RE: SeaCook Oct 14, 2009 01:57 PM

    There is (or was) an Indonesian restaurant on Westwood Blvd. just north of Santa Monica Blvd. -- I can't remember its name -- that had rijsttafel on its menu years ago. I don't know (a) whether it's still extant, or (b) if so, whether it still has the meal on its menu. Nor do I have any idea whether this might be helpful in the least, but hey.

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      WildSwede RE: ozhead Oct 14, 2009 02:43 PM

      I attended one a few years ago. Near National and the 10. Indo Cafe. It may have been a special event they did for our group, but you can give them a call. See link below...

      http://losangeles.citysearch.com/prof...

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        westsidegal RE: WildSwede Oct 14, 2009 03:13 PM

        i think i was in your group!

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          WildSwede RE: westsidegal Oct 14, 2009 03:26 PM

          Could definitely have been - there were many people... we took the whole restaurant!!

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        bad nono RE: ozhead Oct 14, 2009 02:46 PM

        This restaurant (on Westwood & Santa Monica) is still there, I ate there a couple of weeks ago. It's decent but not great. I don't recall seeing rijsttafel on the menu.

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          WildSwede RE: bad nono Oct 14, 2009 02:50 PM

          Yeah, I was not a fan of the food we had, but the OP was asking for Rijsttafel and that was the only place I have ever had it or heard of that had it.

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            SeaCook RE: bad nono Oct 14, 2009 03:57 PM

            I found the restaurant on Westwood it's called Ramayani. It does list rijsttafel. Too bad it's so far away. There was a time when any Indonesian restaurant worth its salt had a rijsttafel on their menu. Sad to be down to just one ;-( The menu looks good, but you guys seem to give it mixed reviews.

            1. Rijsttafel invented by dutch colonists the indonesian rice table dinner offers a leisurely exploration of u wide range of taste sensations per person (minimum of 2 persons) 25.95
            soup, salad and appetizers: soto ayam gado gado. pangsit goreng krupuk udang and rompeyek

            See here:

            http://losangeles.citysearch.com/prof...
            main course: rending, satay, ayam, bakmi goreng special, ayam bumbu rujak, sambal goreng tahu bunes, ayam kare, tempe goreng and acar
            dessert: ice cendol

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              SilverlakeGirl RE: SeaCook Oct 14, 2009 04:15 PM

              I have eaten at Ramayani in Westwood and noticed at the time they had Rijsttafel although I did not have time to try it.

              What I had was good although it was some years agp.

              I'm almost certain their website has photos of the dishes.

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                ozhead RE: SilverlakeGirl Oct 15, 2009 10:11 AM

                I tried to access their website on 10/14/09 and got a "site not found."

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                bad nono RE: SeaCook Oct 14, 2009 05:02 PM

                it was okay, but not fabulously good. I had better Indonesian food in Amsterdam. The service was really nice though, and they have a small grocery section.

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                  Will Owen RE: SeaCook Oct 15, 2009 10:59 AM

                  We found Ramayani entirely by accident one day after we'd visited the Hammer museum. We were just wandering down the street looking for food, and liked the looks of the place including the small store section at the front. The food was not stunning, but not expensive either, and the only reason we've never been back is that we just never go over that way.

                  We did make note of the rijsttafel offering; an uncle of Mrs. O's had recommended a Pasadena restaurant for this, but we'd found it to be long gone, and thought we might tell him about Ramayani next time he came to town. That never happened, though.

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                    SeaCook RE: Will Owen Oct 15, 2009 01:34 PM

                    That’s just it Will, there used to be many very good to excellent Indonesian restaurants in the LA area that offered rijsttafel. I know because my dad lived in Indonesia for a few years and he’d take us to an Indonesian restaurant whenever he got wind one. We’d always had the rijsttafel. It was how we judged the quality of the food. Nowadays it seems there is just one restaurant serving it and it’s only so so. Even the one I went to Sunday (Java Spice in Rowland Heights) was only OK (though the in-house made shrimp chips were terrific) and still no rijsttafel.

                    As to a rijsttafel place in Pasadena, I don’t recall one. There was one in Glendale that was great but not Pasadena. That one is long gone. There’s Top on Colorado near Allen but it’s nothing to sing about (and no rijsttafel). It’s sad to see something that was ubiquitous to a wonderful cuisine practically disappear and be replaced by mediocore food.

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                      Will Owen RE: SeaCook Oct 15, 2009 09:28 PM

                      The Indonesian take on this, as I understand it, is that rijsttafel was not really native cuisine but a Dutch invention, a way of imposing the colonial masters' idea of how to eat on Indonesian cuisine. It was as indigenous to the Indonesian way of cooking as the insanely labor-intensive beaten biscuits were to black cuisine. As soon as the Indonesians found they could cook and sell the foods they preferred they left rijsttafel behind.

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