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“Holland's answer to the British 'Indian'”
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Ranked #248 of 3,909 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $155
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Brackley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Holland's answer to the British 'Indian'”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Enjoyed a lovely meal at the Sampurna whilst on a weekend break for my husband's birthday. The restaurant is not large but caters for a good number of diners. We had a set meal, which was very nice with a good variety of dishes, if anything there was a bit too much food and we struggled to get through it all. This was the first time we had eaten Indonesian and we found it very similar to Thai, which you get a lot more of in the UK. The service was unbelievably fast, maybe a bit too fast, but we weren't hurried from our table when we had finished eating and were allowed to linger over coffee undisturbed. It wasn't cheap, but we are getting hammered on the exchange rate with sterling at the moment so that didn't help.

  • Visited March 2013
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Basel
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A cut above the average rijstafel”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Three of us had the Celebes Rijstafel and really enjoyed the variety of delicious dishes. There is plenty of meat here, and the sauces are tastier and more carefully prepared than some I've had. The place is simply decorated but very attractive. Service is great and very helpful. It was not our first rijstafel but we heard them giving the "intro speech" to another table so this would be a fine place for your first time. It is, as others have noted, a bit of a splurge but by no means unreasonable for what you get, considering you're smack in the middle of the Flower Market.

  • Visited March 2013
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Albany, NY
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“We got Goreng-ed & it was a Good Experience”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is a slightly upscale Indonesian Restaurant with low lighting and a minimalist interior. I had Bami Goreng and my wife had Nasi Goreng. The blend of flavors was outstanding and the service was fine. We would consider it a step up from Srikandi in terms of food but also in expense. Sampurna was overall a good experience. But neither Srikandi nor Sampurna Indonesian Restaurants are going to harken us back on the next visit to Amsterdam, so that says something. In a city full of Indonesian restaurants, Sampurna is good but we are still looking for better.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank DnAAlbany_NY
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great place for rijstafel”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We spluged a bit and went here for the rijstafel. Was very good and yes very spicy. We had great friendly service, will definitely be back if in Amsterdam.

  • Visited December 2012
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“Special touch of Indonesia”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

We made reservations via seatme.nl which in hindsight was a smart move although we had to dine early since we went to a musical afterwards in the new De La Mar theatre which is closeby (walking distance or tram line 5).
Ambiance is a little 70's style, a bit dim lights. We decided to go for the large rijsttafel (Celebes) which has an appetizer included. Waitress was very friendly and paid good attention to her guests. She very nicely explained the different dishes and forewarned us for the real spicy stuff. Even explained the right order to eat it. Food was excellent with a nice variety, not the usual Indonesian stuff. Overall I can certainly recommend this place if you are looking for an Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam with good price/quality ratio. Only minor (which is why I did not rate it 5 stars) is the speed of serving the food. We explained we had plenty of time and still the dishes were served as if we were in an extreme hurry.

  • Visited December 2012
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