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Rijsttafel in Amsterdam - My recent impression

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Rijsttafel in Amsterdam - My recent impression

Anil Khullar | Apr 26, 2001 05:51 PM

Last month, we spent a few days in Amsterdam (A combination of good
deal on the tix,and hotel + Upgrades) to celebrate a birthday for one
of us ;-) Here then is our impression of the dinner we had at three
indonesian restaurants - Expensive,moderate,very cheap in prices.

Damrak-Centraal: Near the central station, in the heart of tourist
gulch, one indonesian restaurant and Sarang Ras, moderate.

Reguliersdwarsstraat: Sahid something (forgot whether it was java ??), expensive, near Rembrantsplein (sp?)

Both these restaurant had around 10 ,17 and 30 dish rijsttafel depending on
the number of people in the party. Since we were two of us, we opted
for a 10 dish rijsttafel. They gave us a large rice bowl, along with a
few spicy accoutrements.

The ten dishes had beef,pork,lamb,chiken, prawns, and few marinated
vegitables in small containers laid on top of a hot stone table with
small burners below. At Sarang the spices were moderate and at Sahid
it was a bit much for my taste.Sarang Mas, had a sober decor and was quiet, while Sahid was more elaborate decor

Leidensplein: Lange Leidesedwars Straat,Leidesedwarsstr, are the two
streets full of restaurants near the Rijksmuseum: Chinese,
Indonesian,Surinamese,indian,greek,italian .....BOJO is an inexpensive
indonesian restaurant that was recommended by many locals -
Kind-of-like artists hang out and is open late for dinner. The tables
are low and seating rustic.

We tried the mini rijsttafel which is a plate of rice with a few of
the dishes poured in. I had a stick of beef satay, curried chicken,
hard-boiled egg, and diced lamb pieces.

More like a rice plates found in Malaysia where you pour the
meat-or-vegi main dish on top of a plate of rice. Needless to say we
were not impressed. The service was not their strongest suite. BUt
real blast could be had if you go there in a large group, sitdown for
hours drinking beer and chowaway at various appetisers a-ala tapas.

Street Stands: There were many places in the city where there were
these stands/kiosks where you can get pickled herring ;-), Mayo+fries,
and mini-sandwiches with fish-fillings, or even falafel
on-a-pita-with-everything.

Zaandam: This is a small town 20-25 minutes from AMS. Pancakes -
chicken pancakes,cheese pancakes, spinach pancakes, chocklate
pancakes. These pancakes are thin crepes like but really hugh, filling a
whole plate.

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