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“Excellent rijsttafel in a lovely setting”
Review of De Lachende Javaan

De Lachende Javaan
Ranked #34 of 320 Restaurants in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, Indonesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Centrum
Philadelphia
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Excellent rijsttafel in a lovely setting”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

This lovely restaurant offers two choices of rijsttafel and both are excellent. The service is very good and the atmosphere is enhanced by authentic Javanese artwork. We enjoyed three delicious meals at De Lachende Javaan when we were in Haarlem last month, and can't wait to return again. Reservation are recommended, especially on the weekends as this is a very popular place.

  • Visited October 2012
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3 Thank primadonna
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Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Eschborn, Germany
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47 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Simply yummie!!”
Reviewed July 13, 2012

I have picked de lachende javaan because of the many recommendations here and I was not disappointed. We had two small and two large rijsttafels for four adults and one child and one table could not hold all the food we have. We eat asian style foods very often and we all simply loved the food there. The service was quick and friendly but I must say that we were there at 17:00 when the doors opened because of the little one we had with us. Also the prices were appropriate for what was delivered.

  • Visited May 2012
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3 Thank KeokiGermany
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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122 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Really Awful”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

Have been excited to try 'rijstaffel' for years and was so disappointed. It was beyond anticlimatic. Okay, I'm a chef so perhaps a bit critical but this was simply terrible. The service pathetic...waited an hour for our food - our drinks were empty at 1/2 hour and were never offered another. It was almost as if we were invisible after placing our order....perhaps they were ashamed at the delay? The food arrived....14 dishes....1 medium sized plate of undercooked rice with zero taste followed by 12 small dishes and a plate of 3 chicken sate. NOTHING was great, the sate was passable, the salad - okay, the rest seriously lacking in flavour, more like yesterdays leftovers reheated ....barely. Such a disappointment. On a positive note, the birthday desserts looked good. We may have to go back if invited with friends, otherwise would never bother. (FYI my husband just said he would NEVER go back)

Visited May 2012
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1 Thank somegypsy
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Leonberg, Germany
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Very friendly staff, good food, good value”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

We wandered into De Lachende Javaan for dinner and were very pleased. They do not have an English menu, but our waiter discussed the choices with us. Because one of us cannot eat hot spices, he had a delicious chicken dish made. We also ordered a rijsttafel. It was all very good. We appreciated the help in ordering and enjoyed our dinner and the restaurant. We would return and do recommend it for a pleasant dining experience in Haarlem.

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank sszeke
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great rijsttafel!”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

This was actually a very good find, my girlfriend and I always enjoy good Indonesian food, and this restaurant was no exeption. The atmosphere (nice statues in the middle of the restaurant) was very pleasant and the staff was very polite and well trained. The toilets where clean, and the rijsttafels are really recommended!

O yeah, dont forget to order your Bintang Beer :)

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Rrrobin
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