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“Mixed feelings” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Indrapura

Hoofdstraat 157-159, 3971 KJ Driebergen, The Netherlands
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Ranked #3 of 17 Restaurants in Driebergen
Cuisines: Indonesian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Bosch en Duin
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“Mixed feelings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We realize that Indonesia is a big archipelago with a wide variety of cultures and as such food traditions. The ingredients might be the same but the way the food is prepared or the use of herbs can make a difference.
The staff was dressed in traditional clothing and was very, very kind and attentive. Seated at the window we were able to look at the restaurant. We expected a more traditional set up but can't deny it was nicely done. Everything looked pretty clean, toilets including. The small towels to dry your hands are very nice and comfortable.

So far so good. We decided to order a rice table. Discussing it over with the staff we added sateh kambing on their recommendation. We agreed to serve everything at once, which later proved to be a bit of a mistake. We had no problem to make minor changes ordering noodles, spicy rice and normal rice. So far so good.

Food was served and we were facing a few little problems. Table is basically too small to deal with all the dishes. The two chafers aren't enough to our opinion to keep everything warm. The staff added a small table to prepare the sateh kambing in front of use. That was very interesting, but took a while. In the mean time the other dishes were getting cold especially those that weren't on the chafers. We recommend visitors to get the sateh kambing as a starter. The nice thing about the preparation at your table is that you can discuss the level of spiciness of it for everybody. Taste was great!

So back to the main rice table. Without any doubt it was abundant. We couldn't eat everything it was simply too much. Quality was okay to us. However about the flavours we have mixed feelings. Some dishes we thought to be great where others were considered to be mediocre. We couldn't make out the difference between the two beef bowls and also the pork bowls tasted more or less the same. Was it bad? No but compared to our experiences with other Indonesian restaurants we expected more distinction between the dishes. May be the way it was done is representative for the area they relate too. May be it had a touch of the Chinese ktichen. We don't know.
Rice was cold, even when it was served it wasn't really warm, and so was the noodle bowl after a short while. Staff was perfectly willing to bring in fresh stuff but why not being smarter, keeping the stuff on temperature?

Tea and coffee, included, completed our evening.
So all in all we had a nice evening but believe they have to step it up a bit to be a really great restaurant. Service, quality and quantity of the food, atmosphere are worth 4 stars, flavours, temperature of the dishes and the table setting are at a 3 star level.
Indrapura offers value for money but it depends on your taste and preference for flavours to be completely satisfied.

Parking is free and not a problem in the streets nearby.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Estepona, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We had an accepted reservation for 7.00 pm, were called 15 min. in advance with the request to come 1 hour later. Once arrived we had to wait another 30 min. No drinks on the house were offered. When a table became available, the served dishes were cold, and not to real Indonesian taste. The food was more Chinese than Indonesian, which was confirmed by the waiter, who himself was chinese, and the cook too. Bad management from the Lady Manager and too expensive for what was offered. In one word: Deception.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

We stayed in the area for a few days and visited the Indrapura, glad we did. We have never had the 'rice table' before and were surprised that the quality of the food was as high as it was. We had a clear explanation of each dish and instructions on where to start and finish to get the most out of it. They had a dish of small spicy crackers with very hot chilli dips ready while they prepared the main courses. We had 12 different small square dishes ranging from green currys through satay. The only one neither of us really liked was the egg curry and that was probably because we had eggs for breakfast.
The decor is very understated, every inch of the property is spotless. The ladies toilets had fresh orchids and individual cotton hand-towels.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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