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Tord Svenson | Jan 15, 2000 03:53 AM

Cristina wrote ---
Subject Amsterdam Rijstafel (Cristina Concepcion)
Posted: November 04, 1999 at 22:17:23

Cristina said ----
I'm going to Amsterdam in the spring. Any good suggestions for Indonesian restaurants? All the guidebooks just talk about coffee shops.

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Somebody suggested that you try the Sukasari restaurant near the Dam Square. We lived for a few years in Amsterdam and it was a favorite of ours. At that time they did NOT have a rice table. One place that does -- the Bali --- on Leidsestraat -- is a sort of touristy spot -but the rice table (rijstafel) is good there. There was a damned good Indonesian rice table place worth a visit back in the old ethnic section of A'dam just south of the canals -but I can't recall the name.
(Might have been "The Indonesia") It was better than the Bali and cheaper. Check with the tourist office near the Dam Square.

Many small places offer Nasi and Bami dishes for lunch -most are OK. The Sukasari has a wonderful Gado Gado and a super Laksa Noodle dish.

One thing to try in A'dam is raw herring from the stands all around town. You eat it with raw onions. It's a great, healthy snack and will keep you going when you are out seeing the town. For Dutch meals the places along the walking street (Calverstraat) are OK -though touristy. There are some beautiful centuries old bars spread around town. Wynand Folking comes to mind. (goodness knows about my spelling :- ) There is an old bar on the Spui Square at the beginning of the Leidsestraat that is famous.

American expatriates used to hang out at a small place called "The Eggcream" - they had good, cheap sandwiches, salads and drinks. No idea if its still there - but it would be easy to check. The kitchen at the Cosmos served inexpensive, healthy food in a very friendly atmosphere.

If you want to get hungry - visit the Marijuana Museum just down and around the corner from the Sukasari -into the Red Light Zone. Weed is legal in the Netherlands.:- ) There are all sorts of little "Weed Bars" all over town. You can buy live Peyote cacti at the flower markets.

The Dutch support the arts and have a wonderful, state financed, jazz joint called the BIM House -if you like jazz -check it out. Good sandwiches there, too.

Have fun and let us know what food you find on your adventure. I would think that you could find a better guidebook - try the "Rough Guides" -the Internet has info.

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