Tempo Doeloe, Amsterdam
Netherlands 1017 VJ
Tel: 31 20 625 6718
Concierge.com's insider take:
Yes, it's a cliché that visitors to Amsterdam must try Indonesian cuisine, a legacy of Dutch colonial rule, but that doesn't mean it's skippable. The Indonesian table d'hôte, called rijsttafel, is an assortment of multiple plates that was fashionable long before anyone outside Spain heard of tapas. Genteel, intimate Tempo Doeloe is a classic of the genre and serves up 15 to 25 dishes such as: gado gado salad (fresh veggies in a peanut sauce); satehs (chicken, pork, goat); beef in a coconut and coriander cream sauce; and lobster in black bean sauce. Dishes run from mild to spicy; if you order the spiciest (terlaloe pedis), hang on for the ride of your life. End with cinnamon multilayered "Indonesian" cake, pineapple ice cream with jackfruit, or fried banana flambé with Grand Marnier for dessert.
Open daily 6 to 11 pm.
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