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Rijstafel / rijsttafel / rijstaffel dinner at Quince

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Just got back from my first rijstafel dinner at Quince (forgive the multiple spellings, I'm not sure what the correct spelling is, but my Dutch sister-in-law gave me the first spelling, Quince uses the 2nd, and I've seen the 3rd online).

Thanks to this thread for giving me the heads up about the event: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814350

For $55, you get a ridiculous amount of delicious food. There were no duds in the dinner. The weakest dish was the pork belly, as it was overcooked. Here's tonight's menu (and yes, you get EVERYTHING on this menu).

Mains (came in 3 waves):

- Nasi goreng and steamed rice

- Lumpia

- Rempeh - spiced meat balls with coconut and ketjap coconut sauce

- Sate ajam - grilled chicken kebabs

- Sambal daging - braised pork stew with tamarind

- Udang rendang - spicy coconut shrimp with lime leaf

- Sambal goreng telor - eggs in spiced tomato sauce

- Ikan rica rica - fried fish in spicy sauce

- Gado gado - vegetable salad

- Rendang pedang - dark spiced braised beef with coconut

- Babi pangang - roasted pork belly, sweet sour sauce

- Ajam pedis - roasted chicken with chili, garlic, lemongrass, tamarind and kemerie nuts

- Sambal goreng boontjis - spiced fried green beans

Sides/condiments:

- Atjar tjampour - sweet sour vegetables

- Seroundeng - fried coconut & peanuts

- Sambal goreng ketang kering - spiced deep fried potato match sticks

- Roedjak mani - spiced sweet fruit chutney

<unlisted> - dried garlic chips

- Kroepoek udang - shrimp chips

Dessert:

- Speculaas cake filled with almond paste

They plan on doing this 3 or 4 more times this year. I will definitely be attending another one, as I loved the food and thought it was tremendous valuec. Sign up for their email list, or follow them on twitter for the announcements.

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  1. I really wanted to go but when I called back in November they were already booked up! Will certainly try to attend the next one.

    1. I was there tonight too, great food. The menu was the same as the one of Sept 28, except the fried fish had a different sauce with lemongrass on that occasion.

      The next one will be in April, and there's one more planned for June.

      I hope they keep the price at $55 each. We had two lagers, a Camerons and a Creemore.

      1. Ha! Mr. Vuitton and I just returned from our evening!

        LOVED it! :)

        Dean is correct - same menu as the September event, but the fish was indeed different this time (different sauce).

        The beef rendang in the third plating/round was even better than I remembered. The meatballs in the first round were delicious and my laaard, the pork belly was so full of bacon-y, crispy goodness I wanted to faint. I think Mr. Vuitton had to slap me out fo the food coma I had so happily fallen into by the end of the meal.

        And as usual, the front of the house was so delightful with the lovely Ms. Jennifer at the helm. we are looking forward to the April event.

        1. sounds yummy :)

          My wife and I are going to be in Europe this July, during which we will have 3 days in Amsterdam, so I am already researching good rijstaffel places there!
          I'll have to keep my eyes open for the next time Quince does this.

          What about the regular menu? I've never eaten there, so was wondering if other Chowhounders have, and how they found it. Any specific things on the menu you'd recommend or not recommend?

          1. We also enjoyed our meal at Quince this evening. And TorontoJo is right -- no duds among all of those dishes. What a rarity given that's it's common to find at least one dud in a traditional app/main course/dessert meal in Toronto!

            Kudos to owners/partners Jennifer (front of house) and Michael (chef) for pulling off two very professionally executed and served seatings tonight with nary a bead of sweat between them. (I was seated upstairs with a view of the kitchen and all was completely calm back there.)

            By the way, it appears that there were a couple of last-minute cancellations. If you want to go next time but forgot/were not able to secure a reservation, you should call them just prior to the date, just in case...

            1. I was also here tonight with a bunch of friends. Really good food and great value for the price.

              I don't think I need to add anything more than has already been mentioned here.

              1. Highlights for us were the chicken, the beef and the green beans. Loved the speculaas cake as well. I tried getting the recipe but they wouldn't share ;-) Service was fantastic. Looking forward to the next one.

                FresserGuy: we really enjoyed the rijstaffel at Sampurna across from the flower market in Amsterdam. Was there in November and had a lovely meal.

                1. Wow, lots of chowhounds there last night! I know of another table of 'hounds that were there when I was, as well.

                  I was sooo full after dinner and went to bed in a total food coma. I'm still surprised at how generous the dinner was. We took half of the roasted chicken home with us, since the portions of that were particularly large. Looking forward to having it for lunch today.

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                  1. re: TorontoJo

                    We were there as well although it said on the front that the menu was the same as the one in September I think there were actually a couple of small differences.

                    1. re: bytepusher

                      I think the garlic chips were new. Did any body get peanut satay sauce? I forgot to inquire -- it was on the menu but did not come to our table...

                      Here's a good recipe for Speculaas

                      http://www.coquinaria.nl/english/reci...

                      1. re: Dean Tudor

                        thanks for the recipe!

                        We didn't get the peanut satay sauce either, I thought they had just substituted the sambal instead.

                        1. re: fickle

                          Nor did we, come to think of it..., I did scoop some of the peanust saice from the chicken though for my chips
                          The sambal was served last time as well

                        2. re: Dean Tudor

                          The Lumpia were new this time and yes the garlic chips as well
                          The fish dish was listed with a different name, Sambal Ikan Tomat instead of Ikan rica rica

                          I think there was a difference in the way the Babi Pangang was prepared as I thought it was a highlight this time and I don't really remember it from September.

                          I honestly don't remember what dessert was from September or even if there was one. Speculaas is really considered a "winter" thing by the Dutch so I suspect it may not have been there.

                          1. re: Dean Tudor

                            We asked about the peanut sauce specifically, and they said they decided to just put the sauce on the dishes that it was meant for.

                          2. re: bytepusher

                            DAMN, DAMN, DAMN!!! I had reservations for this last night and had to cancel a week ago. I so wanted to attend this dinner. April, for sure!!!

                        3. Had a great evening out there last night. Food was to die for and I could not eat another bite after our second serving of dishes. Just had left overs for lunch - highly recommend checking it out.

                          1. Just wanted to let y'all know that the next dinner is on April 4. Same price -- $55. Such a good deal for a delicious dinner.

                            I feel safe sharing the news, since I've already booked my table. :o)

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                            1. re: TorontoJo

                              Dear Chowhound Moderators, please pull this post as the spam it clearly is (or at least until I can get a reservation for Mr. Vuitton an myself!)
                              :P

                              (I am so kidding)
                              I'll be calling tomorrow for our table :D
                              Love this event

                              1. re: CocoaChanel

                                Don't phone, try email instead.

                                1. re: Dean Tudor

                                  Whoop! Just got ours!
                                  :)

                              2. re: TorontoJo

                                So sad :(
                                They are all booked for April 4.
                                I read somewhere that they have a newsletter, but can't find any way to sign-up on their website. Does anyone know how to go about receiving a newsletter?

                                1. re: Crepes Suzette

                                  You can follow them on Twitter, or you can email them and ask to be added to their email list.

                                  If you are still interested in the April 4 dinner, do give them a call the week of the dinner, as there are often cancellations, including some the day of.

                              3. Is everyone served at the same time in seatings, or is it a regular variety of reservations times?

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                                1. re: maple99

                                  I was told that there are two seatings, 6:00 and 8:30 pm

                                2. Just a reminder that the Quince rijstaffel dinner is tonight. I know they often have last minute cancellations, so it's worth giving them a call if you weren't able to get a reservation before.

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                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                    i'm emptying out my camera card as we speak!

                                    1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                      werd. early seating. camera battery charging too!

                                      1. re: jlunar

                                        and I'm bringing an empty stomach. I'm hoping the rendang pedang makes an appearance, it was so good last time.

                                    2. re: TorontoJo

                                      :)
                                      So looking forward to this. We are not cancelling.

                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                        Managed to get a rezzie this time-looking forward to enjoying this with friends!

                                        1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                                          Since there are two times for this event, which are some of you going to? I'm going to the late show. For the last month I was thinkng of cancelling as I had a wine dinner and an auto event tonight also, but decided to stay with this one.

                                          1. re: foodyDudey

                                            I will be there with a large group for the early seating. A couple of Canadians in a sea of fun Euros.

                                            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                                              Mental image of you and hubby sitting in a pile of euros currency...

                                              :o)

                                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                                Well with the way the Euro has gone, instead of saying it's PRICELESS, its would have to be WORTHLESS

                                      2. not to be too language nitpicky (well I guess I am), but the correct spelling is rijsttafel (rijst = rice, tafel = table).

                                        The menu looks terrific, all the classics!

                                        1. To be honest, I was a little disappointed but maybe my expectations were too high. I thought it was good value in that there was definitely a lot of food and we were stuffed and were almost rolling out of there, but most of our dishes were overcooked and the meat was very tough (the chicken, lamb, shrimp, etc. our fish was charred almost). Most of the dishes were just okay

                                          We also had to wait an extremely long time between the first and second round. Our server was apologetic and we had no complaints about the service as they were very friendly, but I don't understand why they don't clear the dishes and cutlery with each round? Our plates were pretty gross by the end of it w/ all the different sauces dried on the plate

                                          I'm glad I tried the dinner out, but I don't think I would go again based on this experience.

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                                          1. re: tygrr_lily

                                            Ok still haven't been so don't quite understand how the "rounds" work. Do they come around with a platter of food and give you a serving on your plate? originally I thought maybe they brought out individual servings on fresh plates but this post proves me wrong.

                                            1. re: Teep

                                              At your seat/table, you get a regular dinner plate and cutlery.
                                              The menu consists of approx 15 (give or take) appetizer sized dishes, including rice. The waitperson brings out a few dishes at a time (say three or four dishes) over three to four waves.

                                              It is a bit "family" style - just pass those appetizer sized dishes around the people at your table, and everyone scoops some onto their own dinner plate.

                                              It is a bit like going out for dim sum, sort of.