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De Lachende Javaan

Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands (Centrum)
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Ranked #24 of 185 Restaurants in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Indonesian
Neighborhood: Centrum
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations

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English first
Tacoma, Washington
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89 reviews 89 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Our group met for dinner at "The Laughing Javan", and we were glad we did so! First class cuisine, in more than sufficient quantity and variety. Wait staff was friendly, helpful, and highly competent. I especially liked the heated serving "rail" down the middle of our tables, which kept the many dishes warm and tasty during our long meal. Beverage... More

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Victoria, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Thank you Trip Advisor reviewers. We love Indonesian and having scoped out two lesser options on our walks, decided to look up Javaan before venturing in. The food is absolutely delicious: just what I was craving. We were well looked after by the owner but I can see that some reviewers could have a point about slower service on some... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Best ever chicken and lamb satay. Followed by delicous beef rendang. A very nice bottle of house white for a very reasonable price. Great service so very impressed

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Milan, Italy
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We were friendly welcomed and assigned one of the last tables. The waitress took enough time to help us choose the right menu and it was very tasty! The vegetables remained fresh and were NOT overcooked and drowned in sauce. We had chicken and it was well flavored and tender. Very nice experience and definitely a top Indonesian restaurant...

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Azua de Compostela
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Excellent food, friendly and efficient service, have eaten here 5 times over the last 20 years and am pleased to see that they are able to maintain the original quality of the founder. Reservation is recommended!

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Washington DC
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134 reviews 134 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our rijsttafel for 4, shared among our families. Warmly welcomed by the owner/manager and service was prompt and friendly. There IS an English menu. The location is down a small side street, but well worth finding! Don't miss this experience in the Netherlands!

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

I visited with a friend in early July and was very pleased with the atmosphere, food and prices. I'd never tried Indonesian before but having sampled a number of dishes in their ricestaffle (not spelt like that!) I was able to try many and enjoyed them. The service was good and I looked the interior too. I'd definitely go back... More

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Nendaz, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Pleasant , family owned Indonesian restaurant, very pleasant experience , excellent staff and attention , pleasant decor , food up to what we expected , good introduction to the Rice Tafel almost a national dish in Holland

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Urdorf, Switzerland
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224 reviews 224 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Relatives, whom were in our group this time around had been here 5 years ago and were dieing to get back here as it was very good that time, apparently. However it seemed that things had changed in these 5 years. Beware, don't park on the main road nearby, it is poorly indicated but you are not allowed to park... More

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were staying in Harlem while visiting Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Many years ago my wife and I travelled to Indonesia but could not afford a rijsttafel (literally rice table - basically a buffet at your table of Indonesian food). So when in the Netherlands, we could not pass up the opportunity. This restaurant was authentic to the Dutch Indonesian... More

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