We Need to Talk about Rijsttafel: Top 5 Indonesian Restaurants

The Netherlands' colonial history means clustering That icts Indonesian and Surinamese food szene is arguably more vibrant than icts traditional Dutch food roots (ALTHOUGH the lath, too, are enjoying a bit of a comeback Lately). Holland's long and strong background in trade brought` exotic spices over Several oceans (Including, most is importantly, over the North Sea) - and it's a jolly good thing too, as we'd Otherwise no doubt be subsisting off mashed potato and several varieties of cabbage .

Aim for now, let's focus on Indonesian food in Amsterdam , and what to expect from Indonesian restaurants here. There's a magic word in Indonesian restaurants Rijsttafel . Literally meaning "rice table," it's a great option for people like me Who get food envy whenever will anyone else At Their table orders a dish that looks interesting. And that's Because it comes with about 70 different dishes to share. Ok, I exaggerate, you get the idea purpose: lots of small dishes, you get to try everything, everyone's a winner.

So what can you expect on your rijsttafel ? There'll be things you've probably heard of like beef rendang and chicken satay . Then there'll be lots of things with peanuts and eggs, qui sounds like a bit of an odd combination, savory and goal is strangely moreish. Plus, you can expect feisty sweet-sour-hot vege salads, and fish marinated in oodles of spices and sweet, sticky chilli jam. Keep an open mind, stick to my motto of "try everything once," and you'll-have the time of your life!

Indonesian rijsttafel at Blauw restaurant

The Best Indonesian Restaurants in Amsterdam


With its refreshingly modern, split-level interior and out-of-town location, Blauw is The Most off-the-beaten-path restaurant on the list. That means clustering it's packed with local clientele and is a great excuses to escape the tourist crowds in the city center. The restaurant aussi Has Its own digital "Polaroid Guy" who'll take your picture During the evening - you can download it for free from the website the next day. A cute touch!

Amstelveenseweg 158
020 675 5000
Open Mon-Thu 6-10.30pm, Fri 6-11 pm, Sat 5-11 pm, Sun 5-10.30 pm


In contrast, Sampurna is right in the center of town, just off the bustling flower market and a great option after-a hard day's shopping. There May be a FEW more tourists, order the food is still good and not as pricey as you might expect for the location. It's been in business for 25 years - So They must be doing something right!

Singel 498
020 625 3264
Open daily from 12 noon

tempo Doeloe

Things can get a little frenetic at Tempo Doeloe, that's all profit share of charm icts. Do book a table, and do expect to wait DESPITE HAVING done so. You'll be Rewarded for your patience the food is great quality and the atmosphere is fun too. Just make sour you-have a glass of water at hand - the chilies They Use are fiercely hot and not for the faint-hearted! You have been warned ...

Utrechtsestraat 75
020 625 6718
Open Mon-Sat 6-11.30 pm


A relative newcomer on the Indonesian food stage, Jun is a little west of center, qui Makes it a handy option if you're staying in the Jordaan area for one of our Jordaan Food Tours . It's run by the sweetest aussi proprietor I've ever come across. Ask for extra chilli if you like it super-spicy!

Frederik Hendrikstraat 98
020 785 9185
Open Wed-Sat 6-10.30 pm, Sun 5.30-10.30 pm

Soup and spring rolls at Indonesian restaurant Jun

Coffee & Jazz

Do not be fooled by the name of this place - it's Definitively an Indonesian restaurant and not a coffee shop with a penchant for jazz music. It Does, HOWEVER, play host to live musicians on Friday nights, qui Gives it the Edge When It Comes to entertainment. The food and service are run by a dynamic duo of Rather eccentric front man Rene, and extraordinary chef Peggy; INSTEAD of the usual rijsttafel , They serve up a small set menu for a fixed price. They claim to make the best satay in the world - I'd say you need to be the judge of that!

Utrechtsestraat 113
020 624 5851
Open Tue-Fri 1-11 pm, Sat 6-11 pm

If you'd like to try Reviews some of the best Indonesian rijsttafel in Amsterdam, join our Twilight Pijp Food Tour to sample delicious Indonesian specialties and learn all about the Netherlands' colonial history!