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Rijsttafel in LA?

  • sbkat Jun 15, 2011 05:22 PM
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Is there a great Indonesian restaurant that serves Rijsttafel? If not, a great Indonesian place would be a great find. I only found some older posts on CH. Looking for some recent recs? Thanks all!

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  1. In my experience, rijstaffel is more Indonesian-Dutch than 'original' Indonesian, sort of like how cioppino is more San Francisco Italian than original Italian. Having lived in Amsterdam a few years back, I miss the Indonesian food there because I haven't found the equivalent here (can't say I miss the Mexican there, though...)

    That said, the best I've found have been Simpang Asia in Palms and Little Java in Monterey Park. Also, there are number of Indonesian eateries in the HK Market minimall on Glendora Ave. in West Covina, plus an Indonesian market actually inside the HK. I doubt any of them do a formal rijstaffel but it might not be a bad place to ask around.

    Another good option is the weekly Saturday Indonesian food fest in Duarte. You can pretty much just go from booth to booth and build your own rijstaffel there.

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    Simpang Asia
    10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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    1. re: Bradbury

      Bradbury, you are right about the Indonesian-Dutch connection. I married a 'Dutchie' and he is hankering for some great rijstaffel! Looks like Ramayani might be the ticket. We may, however only be in the LA area for lunch and they only serve rijstaffel on the dinner menu. If we decide to do Indo for lunch, is Ramayani still the place to go, or does anyone recommend other options? Thanks!

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      Indo Cafe
      10430 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      Ramayani
      1388 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

      1. re: sbkat

        Ramayani is a decent enough place, but the food there tends more toward Indo-Chinese than Indonesian, if that matters to you.

        If you only have time for one lunch, then it depends where in the LA area you'll be staying. If it's on the Westside, I'd go to Simpang Asia or Ramayani (in that order). If you'll be in downtown or further east, I'd go to Little Java, or Duarte Inn if the lunch in question happens to be on a Saturday.

        1. re: Bradbury

          "Ramayani is a decent enough place, but the food there tends more toward Indo-Chinese than Indonesian, if that matters to you."

          Looking at the menu I see very strong Indonesian offerings. Are you talking about how the food is prepared vs. what dishes are being offered?

          1. re: Servorg

            Pretty much, yes. But I didn't mean it in a pejorative way.

            1. re: Bradbury

              Just trying to understand your take on it. I spent a couple of months in Bali, so my Indonesian food experiences came mostly from that sojourn. I found the things I've tried at Ramayani to echo what I recall from the rice dishes that I ate in Bali. What dishes had the Chinese influence if you recall?

              1. re: Servorg

                1) Fried rice noodles with char-siu pork
                2) Boba tea

          2. re: Bradbury

            I just found the Ramayani website and they are not open on Mondays, which is the day we will be in the LA area. Darn it! 2nd rec anyone? Thanks again!

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            Ramayani
            1388 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

            1. re: Bradbury

              We'll be spending most of the day on the Westside, but we're coming up the coast from Santa Barbara, so we're pretty flexible. Does Santa Monica/Venice area have some decent Indonesian? Thanks!

              1. re: sbkat

                Go to Simpang Asia - they are your best bet for very good Indonesian food in the general Westside area. Food from Southeast Asia tends to be a neglected category in the general Westside. Simpang Asia is the exception.

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                Simpang Asia
                10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  It's funny, I was thinking of Simpang Asia in the other thread about authentic Asian cuisine not being able to survive on the westside.

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                  Simpang Asia
                  10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    Thanks for the rec for Simpang Asia. Any dishes you recommend? Looks like we'll be doing lunch.

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                    Simpang Asia
                    10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                    1. re: sbkat

                      Throw a dart. :) Really, most of what we've tried there is very good, but I especially give a nod to their beef rendang, their various nasi bungkus combinations (rice dishes wrapped in banana leaf), anything with curry, mie ayam baso, and their es teler drinks. They do offer some things with offal in them - we haven't tried them because my wife, who is from Malaysia, doesn't like those things in Indo-style cooking.

                      Simpang Asia has a very tiny mini-mart directly adjacent to the cafe area - if you are coming from a town where Indo/SE Asia stuff selection is thin, consider doing some shopping there as well.

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                      Simpang Asia
                      10433 National Blvd 2, Los Angeles, CA 90034

          3. You can find it at Ramayani on Westwood Blvd. just south of the Village.

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            Ramayani Westwood
            1777 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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            1. re: Servorg

              Second (or was it 3rd) the rec for Ramayani. Try their Ice Teller beverage. Amazing.

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              Ramayani
              1388 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

              1. re: J.L.

                lol

            2. Ramayani in Westwood has it on the menu, but I haven't made it there yet:

              Ramayani
              1777 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
              310-477-3315
              http://www.ramayani.com/

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              1. re: Peripatetic

                Jinx. You owe me a coke! ;-D>

                1. re: Servorg

                  Mexican or HFCS? ;)

              2. I like Ramayani--ate there recently. I especially enjoyed the otak otak (fish cakes grilled in banana leaves) and the shrimp in soy butter sauce. It's an unsung restaurant with good, interesting food and nice people. Have not had the rijsttafel.

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                1. re: sushigirlie

                  How much is the Rijstaffel at Ramayani? Are they flexible in terms of substitutions (to avoid beef and gluten)? I haven't had Rijstaffel in decades and would love to try it with my family.

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                  Ramayani
                  1388 Fullerton Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

                2. Indo Cafe offers it with advance notice.

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                  Indo Cafe
                  10430 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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                  1. re: New Trial

                    I did have it at Indo once - but last I had heard, they had closed again. That was about 3 months ago or so. Anyone know if they re-opened, or if it was for good this time?

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                    Indo Cafe
                    10430 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

                    1. re: Mos

                      I think they are closed. We drove by about a week or so ago and it appeared to be shut down.

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        Sad--they were so excited to reopen after the fire and they were always so nice. It's been several months since I was last by there and then ultimately decided on Hu's as I felt like some Hot and Sour soup.