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Soenda Kelapa

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Asian, Indonesian
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Utrechtsestraat 89, 1017 VK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 - 627 94 16
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6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Rijsttafel!

While in Amsterdam, I really wanted to try a rijsttafel but my husband can't eat curry or anything spicy. We found Soenda Kelapa while strolling the Utrechtsestraat, and since it had a la carte dishes other than rijsttafel, he warily agreed to humour me and try the place. He was relieved that the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
LilyPetunia2601
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Vancouver, Canada
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Wonderful meal with eight small dishes, all flavourful Indonesian foods. The lady is from Surabaya but has family in Perth, Australia, speaks good English as well as Dutch. The service was prompt, but take time to look at the artwork as well.

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Had two rijstaffles for around 40e. Excellent service and good food. Can recommwnd. No ripoff in the water anymore to be found.

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Paris, France
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I do not recommend to go there. Touristes place. The inside of the restaurant is cut. The waitress is nice We had the Rijsttafle : it is not cheap (50 euros for 2) and there is a lot. But a lot of rice and a lot of cabagge and carrot in coconut water. 3 types of meat were nice There... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

While in Amsterdam, I really wanted to try a rijsttafel but my husband can't eat curry or anything spicy. We found Soenda Kelapa while strolling the Utrechtsestraat, and since it had a la carte dishes other than rijsttafel, he warily agreed to humour me and try the place. He was relieved that the Beef in Sweet Soy Sauce was exactly... More 

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Regina, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

While traveling in Holland we wanted to try an Indonesian rice table and someone at our hotel in Amsterdam recommended this restaurant. It is located on Utrechtsestraat, a busy street which made it easy to find. The place appeared to be quite small and quaint upon entering but upstairs there was much more seating. We enjoyed the variety of 8... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We ate a late dinner upstairs and thoroughly enjoyed the spicy beef, fish in pepper sauce and vegetables. Portions are large from the a la carte menu and the price makes this a great value for your money. Staff were very helpful.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We were too late too book in to the highly rated Tempo Doeloe just down the road. Soenda looked a little downmarket in comparison but the friendly staff and the very tasty food just go to prove that paying for a nice tablecloth doesn't improve the taste of the meal. Very enjoyable at a very reasonable price.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Trying an Indonesian restaurant is mandatory- right???. Well- maybe we picked the wrong place or ordered incorrectly but our dinner here was just plain weird. Tried 2 satays- the shrimp was really fishy and the veggie very mundane. The veggies in hot peanut sauce sounded great- it wasn't. Nothing had much of an esthetic appeal either- actually the opposite. We... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Nestled between Indonesian competitors on the trendy Utrechtsestraat, this small, yet attractive Indonesian restaurant serves Indonesian food as it should be. We had a rijsttafel for 2 with the tastiest small dishes. Some hot, some cold, spicy and not spicy, sweet, sour, various meats, veggies, karupuk, you name it. Reminded me of my mother's cooking who was born in Surabaya.... More 

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NH
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The restaurant from the street shows an attractive ambiance. However, we had to sit upstairs which is the exact opposite. Dim and unattractive it seems to not even be the same restaurant. We ordered the food, and after 1 hour, we inquired about where it might be. We were told they would get it asap. 10-15 minutes later, just as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Utrechtsestraat 89, 1017 VK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 - 627 94 16

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Indonesian
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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