We visit Amsterdam nearly every year, and have tried many restaurants. Some of which we have loved, and like to revisit, others we have put down to experience. We have, however, never managed to try a cuisine for which Amsterdam has a reputation - Indonesian. So, on our recent four day trip we booked a table at Max Restaurant on Herenstraat. From the moment we arrived the staff were very friendly, relaxed and welcoming. The restaurant itself was very clean, modern and fresh and although fairly empty when we arrived at 6.30, it soon began to fill up and had a gently buzzing atmosphere without seeming too noisy or fraught. We ordered the Rijstafel for two, as we wanted to try a selection of what they had to offer, and we were not disappointed. Every small bowl of food was delicious and some, like the Indonesian spiced sea bass and the Balinese chicken, were positively magnificent. By the end we were thoroughly satisfied, though when the waitress asked if we'd like any dishes refilling, we did force ourselves to have a little more of our favourite couple of dishes! The wine list, though small was perfectly adequate, and the Viognier we chose went really well with the fragrant, spicy dishes. We would recommend Max to anyone staying in Amsterdam and looking for something a little different to the more usual Indonesian Restaurants, a more modern experience and a menu with an interesting twist on the traditional. We will certainly book a table there on our next visit, and look forward to trying some of the other dishes on their a la carte menu. If they are as delicious as the Sea Bass we had, then we will be exceedingly happy.
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