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“Cramped, crowded and spicy” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Blauw

Blauw
Springweg 64, 3511 VT Utrecht, The Netherlands
+31 30 2342463
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Ranked #5 of 342 Restaurants in Utrecht
Price range: $25 - $175
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
pascale1964
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“Cramped, crowded and spicy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

It is best to book in advance as this little restaurant is often crowded. The room is rather small and the idea is to pack as many customers as possible (so forget romantic dinner). Service isacceptable but not that great. We waited quite a long time to get served but on the other hand we ordered lots of dishes. We were told to sit on the counter as the restaurant was full but when previous customers left we were not offered to sit on a table (even so we hadn't ordered yet). But new customers without booking were offered a table (I guess that passing customers are less vaulable). The food was nice, even so it was a bit spicy but there was something for all taste. Price/value is very correct (that's probably why it is packed). But the worst part was that where we were sitting the room was not heated and it was very cold; not a nice atmosphere to have dinner (shame as it could have been muche better).

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
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Brighton, England
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72 reviews 72 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Top notch Indonesian food with great service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

Small, well designed trendy restaurant with excellent service from start to finish. We ordered one set meat dinner between two and 15 minutes later the dishes start coming out. A superb selection of cold dishes and salads followed by all sorts of sates, curries and more. All fresh tasting and beautifully made, we had enough for both of us.

A really wonderful dinner in great surrounding. We'll be back next time we're in town.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

One of our favorite places is Utrecht. Great food with a lot of variety. Reservation is a must, always full. Online reservation is easy. Definitely a must!

Visited September 2012
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Food is really nice, service is perfect, the venue is very modern though warm and cozy ! Make sure you reserve your table because it is very popular, the street where it is located has lots of nice cafe's where you can have a drink before or after !

Visited November 2012
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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“90 minutes and no food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

After finding out that this is the 2nd best restaurant in Utrecht we had our hopes high.
Their staff seems unprepared which resulted in poor service from the moment we stepped into the restaurant. We had a reservation which seemed to be missing from their register. It was eventually found with the cooperation of another staff member and we managed to identify it from the telephone number. We were then lead to our table but were not presented with a menu immediately. For that we had to wait another 10-15 minutes. Someone came to take our order even though there was no drinks menu. We asked for that and only got a wine list several minutes later. We settled for water.
We ordered an appetizer to share and the main course. The appetizer was dumpling with shrimps but there were no dumplings. Just ONE dumpling dough 'basket' filled with cabbage and ONE small prawn on top. That was 10 euros.
We never got to eat the main course as we had to leave the restaurant because of hunger. After an hour and a half since ordering it still hadn't arrived even though people who came after us had been served and we were repeatedly told that the food will be ready 'immediately'.
Too expensive to justify waiting this long and the food didn't look impressive at all.
P.S.: Before you go, know that they charge you 10 euros extra if you want to share a rice plate. They are huge as you can see from the photos people have posted.
Hope you are luckier than we have been.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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