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Sep 22, 2013 06:46 PM

Rijstaffel in London

Visiting from Toronto where there are NO Indonesian restaurants so want to try a Rijstaffel. Any comments about Bali Bali or Melur? The latter has several set menus and then a Rijstaffel at £11 which is a little strange.

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  1. I'm sorry you haven't gotten any replies, Teep. To be honest, I've never seen Rijstaffel on a menu here, but that doesn't mean there's not somewhere with a good dish.

    I've only had Rijstaffel in Amsterdam and can't imagine it being topped in London. It takes an excellent place to do it the right way.

    1. Interesting cultural question as Rijstaffel is really a Dutch colonial meal so it still exits in The Netherlands but I wonder if it still exists in Indonesia and therefore whether you will see it in any modern Indonesian restaurant or any outside the Netherlands.

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      1. re: PhilD

        I found Bali Bali in Covent Garden and Melur on Edgware. However reading further the latter is more Malay and had terrible reviews about its service on Tripadvisor so I'll try Bali Bali instead.

        It will probably not be as good as in Amsterdam but still better than never having it!

        1. re: Teep

          I'm writing this from Bali where we're vacationing at the moment. Quite a few places offer rijstaffel but usually require a day's notice.

        2. re: PhilD

          They still serve rijsttafel in Indonesia, PhilD. The last place I had that was at Oasis in Jakarta, where 12 women, each bearing one dish will parade out to serve you:

          It's an experience - don't miss that if you're ever in Jakarta.

          1. re: klyeoh

            Believe it or not, the first time I had rijsttafel (do any of us know how to spell that correctly? :-)), I was all of 15. My cousin returned from Amsterdam and he had marveled at eating it at a famous place there. He cooked us a banquet, but thinking about it now, how authentic could it have been?

            I never ate it again till about 8 years ago in Amsterdam.. it's a wonderful experience and the waiters explained each dish to us.

            1. re: zuriga1

              Now you're making me want to go to Amsterdam, June :-)

        3. Go to East West Indonesian mini-mart on Charing Cross Road. Get the nasi padang, mie bakso or nasi gudeg.

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          1. re: limster

            Eeek! Almost four years here and I just found out about this! Going there Sunday!! :)

          2. Went to Melur because it was just 5 mins walk from our hotel. The Rijsttafel for one consisted of chicken soto soup, shrimp chips, sate, gado gado, fried chicken, curry fish and beef rendang, and I ordered hot milk tea to wash it all down. The soup was the weakest in flavour. Fried chicken was all white meat which was dry, but everything else I really enjoyed. (Note the beef had large pieces of tendon but I am used to it in Chinese cuisine.) Nasi goreng nonya and pad thai were also good.

            Service was quick and cheerful, no problems at all.

            The set meals for 2+ persons look more interesting and probably cooked on order, unlike the one I had which might have been cooked in advance.

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