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De Lachende Javaan

Frankestraat 27, Haarlem 2011 HT, The Netherlands (Centrum)
023-5328792
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Ranked #21 of 176 restaurants in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Indonesian
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Centrum
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Centrum
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Exeter
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW 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 NEW

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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203 reviews 203 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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Vancouver
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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Somerset, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We visited Javaan during our trip to Haarlem. Food was well prepared and varied. Service was quite good. We also felt it was a good value.

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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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110 reviews 110 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This was our second Indonesian restaurant of the trip and we had a better idea of what to expect and what we liked. The food was excellent and the service fine considering the size of our group. If you haven't tried Indonesian food, I highly recommend it for both the experience and the many interesting flavors.

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Brandon, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We visited Haarlem for a day to visit the Franz Hals Museum, and to attend an evening organ concert in the cathedral. Happily, on our way to the church after the museum we came across this restaurant, and are we ever glad. The owner greeted us warmly and chatted for a while, and recommended for the three of us the... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

This place was SO delicious! From the atmosphere, to the service, to the amazing food...this place did not disappoint! If you find yourself in Haarlem, this restaurant is a MUST!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We travelled through South-East Asia and one thing we remember Indonesia about (except of the stunning landscape and super friendly people), is the food. Oh. My. God. THE best food in South-East Asia, no other country can beat that. So we went to this restaurant with high expectations... and they didn't disappoint. Ok, it's slightly different, no 'rijsttafels' to be... More

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

They say rijsttafel is a celebratory meal consisting of a selection of Southeast Asian dishes. At De Lachende Javaan, they take this "sampler" to a different level. The staff displayed a warm smile and demonstrated conscientious service. The Javanese décor added a different dimension to the dining experience. A visit to Lachende is truly a celebration of flavours.

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