Add us to the chorus of happy diners who sing the praises of this restaurant.My wife and I dined here on a Saturday night with two friends, and found the place barely half full-since everyone must have been at home or in sports bars watching that evening's Heat playoff game.Although the usually omnipresent owner, was, we learned, on vacation in Amsterdam, the service was friendly, attentive and helpful-the entire staff exuded a cheery upbeat welcome.My wife and I had the Sumatra rijsttafel and found it to be filling and full of a variety of interesting tastes and textures.The shrimp, chicken, the spicy and non spicy beef all had different flavors to add to the effect of the meal. Our friends had the vegetarian rijsttafel and enjoyed it-we sampled their rice-which, with the two kinds that came with our meal, made three different rice dishes for the evening-each flavorful and interesting.The boiled egg was surprisingly delicious, as were the other dishes that came with the meal.For dessert we shared a piece of cinnamon layer cake with a scoop of coconut ice cream that separately, and together, were worth a return visit by themselves-there was no cloying or overly sweet taste or finish-and like everything else in the meal, the pairing of flavors and textures was memorable..While I was finishing the excellent coffee I had ordered, Emily took an impromptu tour of the kitchen, where the chefs and waiters gleefully showed her around.She liked what she saw. Is this "authentic" Dutch/Indonesian cooking? We are not sufficiently experienced to opine--although from the evident gusto with which the Indonesians sitting a table away from us were eating, I'd say it is.But frankly, to us it doesn't matter what you call it--everything about our meal from when we walked in til when we left two hours later was excellent(yes we sat at our table schmoozing for nearly an hour afterwards-with no pressure to leave on this surprisingly quiet night). Note that the menu recites a price for the rijsttafel, but that is the price per person and the minimum order for any of the rijsttafel dishes is for two people.This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but the food is delicious, plentiful and sufficiently filling, and this intimate little establishment is well worth a visit.
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