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Indonesian Rijsttafel ("Rice Table")

themorningbenders Jul 23, 2010 08:11 PM

Hey all,

Just got back from a trip to Belgium where I was introduced to the amazing Indonesian Rijsttafel ("Rice Table"). Poked around a bit on here, and didn't come up with much. Anyone have any recc's for Rijsttafel around NYC?


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    Philly Ray Jul 24, 2010 04:34 PM

    I have no idea if there are any in NYC, but there is one in Philadelphia. Here as an article about it...


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    1. re: Philly Ray
      bobjbkln Jul 25, 2010 11:42 AM

      Brooklyn is a lot closer that Philly. JAVA is the south Slope has been serving Rijsttafel for at leat 30 years. I haven't eaten there in 20, but it's got some fairly good Yelp reviews (the few CH reviews were not as enthusiastic)

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        brooklyndude Jul 29, 2010 04:33 PM

        I had a passable Rijsttafel there last summer. Not gonna change your life or anything but we were happy we went.

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      bearmi Jul 25, 2010 04:10 PM

      I think the places mentioned above are probably your better bets. In case you are looking for a restaurant in Manhattan. I can think of a place in Hell's Kitchen called "Bali Nusa Indah" that may offer this dish (maybe not be on the on-line menu but I vaguely remember seeing it on their dine-in menu...... maybe you can call to check?) I have not been there for a long time so other folks might want to comment on it (I hope it's still around...) From my own experience, it's not bad, but not great either. I am not Indonesian so I can't speak for its authenticity.


      Wish you good luck finding a place and please share your experiences with us after your visit.

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      1. re: bearmi
        JungMann Jul 26, 2010 08:42 AM

        That's the only rijstaffel I know of in Manhattan. My companion and I did not have the rijstaffel, but the table next to us did during our last visit a few years ago and we both remarked it looked rather small for a feast. Not merely the number of items, but also the amount given per item, really tasting portions for the table, which is just as well since the food wasn't spectacular anyway.

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          bearmi Jul 28, 2010 06:26 PM

          Yeah.. It was interesting but not great.. based on my various visits there. Haven't been there for a while so I don't know how it is these days...but I assume it's still about the same.

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        themorningbenders Jul 25, 2010 09:10 PM

        thanks everyone! actually in philly this week, so going to start there. will report back.

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