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De Lachende Javaan

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Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
+31 23 532 8792
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

I love Indonesian food but my partner had never tried it, so the "rijsttafel" is a great way of trying out lots of different things. The quality of the food was great, but the waiter was also really awesome. We asked some questions about the exhibition upstairs (it changes every so often) so he tolds us a bit about it... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We ordered a large spread in order to try a wide variety of dishes. Every dish was nicely prepared and the service was very good. We hadn't tried Indonesian food before, so this was a great place for an introduction.

Thank Blabbott
Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Delicious! A bunch of interesting flavorful dishes. There was so much we couldn't finish! Lovely place very busy. Out of the main drag

Thank lazy105
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

My Dutch friends Introduced us to this place last week. I love Indian and Thai food so this was a logical step. I let Nisa choose a selection of dishes for the four of us and was not disappointed. My favourite was the beef rendang but the whole meal was lovely. Family service from Grandpa down and very nicely decorated... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

We lived and worked in Borneo for two years so we love Malaysian and Indonesian food, and we know what it should taste like. Holland has a lot of Chinese-Indonesian restaurants but this one is definitely the real deal, serving not only rijstafel (a traditional Dutch colonial meal almost unknown to Indonesians) but a variety of other dishes as well.... More 

Thank Andrew W
Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Dutch friends told us to try a Rijstafel, a Indonesian-Dutch specialty, sort of a smorgasbord of various plates and tastes. We loved it! It was a great way to try several dishes, and learn about Dutch history at the same time. The staff was very friendly and helpful. A not-to-be-missed experience when in the Netherlands.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Bit of a hike from the airport but had some time and wanted to go somewhere different. Haarlem itself was quite a pleasant town, but this restaurant was a nice gem. Very good authentic food served in a nicely set up Indonesian environment. Both my Laksa and Beef Rendang were wonderful. Service with a smile, and prices that equated to... More 

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Haarlem, the Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

I have been coming here for the last 25 years. Of course the food has had its ups and downs in all those years. But the last time we ate here it was marvellous. The restaurant had expanded, but still managed to keep its intimate atmosphere, service was a bit slow, but the food was incredible. Mains 15 - 20... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016

For one who likes spicy Indonesian dinners it's the place to be, very good meals, tastefully, great variety of dishes, genuine cooking, friendly staff, nice restaurant in centre of Haarlem

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2016

I ate here while staying in Haarlem to see the sights. I was greeted by the owner when I arrived, and since I wasn't familiar with the best option for a person dining alone as an alternative to rijstaffel, I asked him to recommend something. It was an excellent meal, a sort of rijstaffel for one, with great service all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Indonesian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Haarlem>  > Centrum
  • Neighborhood: Centrum
  • Phone Number: +31 23 532 8792

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?