Johannes van Dam, a restaurant critic of near-Godlike status in Amsterdam and the Netherlands has called this contemporary take on Indonesian cuisine "Fantastisch" and "9+" -- and if you know anything about Johannes van Dam, you know those kinds of accolades don't come unearned. Pick from one of three tasting menus every evening: a classic rijsttafel, plus a "modern" or "contemporary" option, all with exotic names like "The Sultan and I," "Wild Orchid," and "Blue Marilyn."
The posh Utrechtsestraat in the Eastern Canal Belt of Amsterdam is a restaurant-lover's paradise, and that utopia includes two of the city's favorite Indonesian eateries. Tempo Doeloe -- the name means "Old Times" in Indonesian -- is a tucked away traditional restaurant whose patrons appreciate its privacy, well-executed classic dishes and attention to detail. This isn't the place to find modern innovation on the cuisine, but you won't be bothered by the ever-present wandering vendors peddling Polaroids and flowers.
If Tempo Doeloe is the tucked-away Indonesian option on the otherwise bustling Utrechtsestraat, Tujuh Maret is the front-and-center one. Unlike Tempo Doeloe, Tujuh Maret offers take-away and lunch (just look for the glowing yellow sign advertising the latter).
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With claims to fame as one of the Netherlands' oldest and most well-known Indonesian restaurants, it's no wonder the tables at this popular Museum Quarter restaurant are booked well in advance. Their rijsttafel is the star here.