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Rijstafel in Amsterdam

tstrum Jan 20, 2014 10:27 AM

I am looking forward to having fantastic Rijstafel in Amsterdam. Tempo Doeloe is closed on the Sunday night I want to go, so the options are:
Long Pura, Sampurna or Blauw. Which should I pick, or are there others?

  1. t
    ThomasvanDale Jan 21, 2014 09:42 AM

    You are lucky that Tempo Doeloe is closed. they are nothing more than a tourist trap.

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    1. re: ThomasvanDale
      Harters Jan 21, 2014 03:29 PM

      Interesting. When we were there a few years back, we were the only non-Dutch speaking diners within earshot. Of course, maybe they were all tourists from Eindhoven, Arnhem and the like.

      1. re: Harters
        ThomasvanDale Jan 22, 2014 12:48 AM

        My experience was almost the opposite: most of the people I heard spoke English or another European language.

        Perhaps ten years or more ago, it was not unsual for local people to recommend it to tourists, especially if the local people were not particularly interested in food. In the meantime though, other places are first recommended to tourists.

        1. re: ThomasvanDale
          tstrum Jan 22, 2014 10:49 AM

          So, which of the three that I have mentioned do people prefer?

          1. re: tstrum
            ThomasvanDale Jan 23, 2014 01:04 AM

            Why are you limited to these three?

            1. re: ThomasvanDale
              tstrum Jan 23, 2014 09:35 AM

              I'm not, I just don't know any others. What am I missing for a Sunday night Rijstafel feast in Amsterdam?

              1. re: tstrum
                ThomasvanDale Jan 25, 2014 03:03 AM

                If you are expecting a feast, I'm afraid you may be disappointed. A rijsttafel is literally a "rice table". This means will you will be served a number of meat, fish, vegetable dishes in tiny plates, plus a large bowl of rice.

                When I say tiny plates, expect to get no more than one or maybe two bites of each dish. The places you have named are among the most expensive places for Indonesian food in Amsterdam and Indonesian food, unlike Japanese or Korean, is not an expensive Asian cuisine.

                I would say your best experience would probably be to get take-out Indonesian food, but, if you are staying in a hotel, that might be difficult. The highest rated Indonesian restaurants are not located in the city centre. If you don't mind travelling a bit, you could try Sari Citra or Shanty's Kitchen. These are not fancy restaurants, but if you want to try the authentic cuisine, they are better than the tourist places you listed.

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