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“popular venue for rijs tafel”
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Ranked #53 of 295 Restaurants in Leiden
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $36 - $57
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 1, 2012

this restaurant was highly recommended for rijs tafel and therefore was very crowded. When we finally got a table service was very friendly and efficient. The main attraction is their rijs tafel which was elaborate but somewhat industrial - it felt a bit like an assembly line. Some of the dishes were spicy and tasty, others were quite bland. In total the experience was a bit disapppointing and expensive.

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Thank SorenLotte
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Such tasteless, artless food is really rare to encounter. After requesting a dish that would be completely non-spicy (and reassured by the waitress that it was possible), my mother received an odd, completely sauceless dish, composed of boiled sprouts and cabbage, a hard-boiled egg, cubes of unseasoned pressed rice, some artificial industrial crackers, and two or three tiny cubes of tofu. It looked like something that would cost exactly 2 Euros. The sauce, which was the only source of flavour served with the dish, was incredibly spicy, and my mother couldn't touch it.

The mackerel in banana leaves I ordered was very tasty, only for some reason it still contain all the bones. This would've been proper had the fish were served or cooked in itself, but since the fish was cooked wrapped in leaves it made absolutely no sense at all.

Our dishes were served with two or three side dishes that looked like army food. We were very hungry, and since the restaurant was very busy, and no one checked to see if we were alright, we somehow managed to finish about half our food. When a waitress had finally come to see how we were doing, we told her how very disappointed we were, and asked for the check. To our utter amazement, the check included everything we'd ordered (they charged my mother's dish 13 Euros), including soft drinks, and no compensations was offered whatsoever. This is one place we will never come back to again.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Great little Javan restaurant, serving Javan cuisine. If you like Indonesian food - or would love to try it, this is the place to be! My girlfriend is Indonesian and we both love the food. We ordered the 12 dish Rijsttafel (Rice Table), which is hard to finish because there is just too much food on the table! Its not as spicy as Sumatran kitchen, so maybe more accessible for people who want to try out Indonesian food. The place was packed on a Thursday, which is not a classic 'lets go out and have dinner night' in the Netherlands.
The restaurant itself is really nicely decorated, with classic Indonesian elements all over the place. Take-away can be ordered next door, and is even cheaper then eating in the restaurant. I'd recommend having your dinner in the restaurant! The staff was very friendly!
When only staying in Leiden for a weekend or shorter: go have your dinner here, very affordable and flexible when you're a vegetarian or vegan.

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Thank Erikz_nl
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Very nice food, great sambal, friendly staff. Have been once and will definitely go again and again.

Thank TaJoMa
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

I never visited the restaurant, but we order at least 3 times a month from this place. Boy, can they cook! Every dish is a present, every bite a party in your mouth. You never get bored with their food. Not cheap, but worth every penny though.

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Thank Banoyi
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