My father is half Indonesian so I grew up with the flavors of this beautiful country.
Thank god I live in the Netherlands where Indonesian food has almost become part of the Dutch culture. This is because Indonesia has been a colony of the Netherlands from 1800 to 1942 so you will see many Elke look-alikes wandering around here!
But saying that, it doesn’t always mean that every Indonesian restaurant is good. Over the years in I have come across a few Indonesian jewels that totally stand out but are not that well known by all. Time to put them in the limelight!
1. Sie Joe
This very small and very tucked away restaurant is situated in Amsterdam’s shopping districts. Just around the corner of the famous Dam Square you will find this tiny Indonesian secret.
They don’t have a large menu but the food is pure and delicious! I always go for the vegetarian Gado Gado with peanut sauce.
You will find locals here and the occasional lost tourist.
Sie Joe has been tipped by the media before so this little restaurant is doing something right!
Gravenstraat 24-A, Amsterdam
2. Indonesian Kitchen
Only open since 2 weeks and discovered by chance! I walked past it yesterday evening on my way to an event and I needed a quick bite.
It’s because of the large sign by the door that I noticed it. Too curious to walk past, I entered. Tucked away in a basement, the old walls remain intact as do the wooden beams on the ceiling. I ordered the vegetarian dish and received a tasty corn cake as a starter on the house.
The main dish looked neat and yummie. Tofu, Tempeh and Gaddo Gaddo with another delicious vegetable dish I haven’t had before. The peanut sauce was so nice that I asked for an extra bowl! I was the only person in the restaurant because they literally just opened and I was early. There’s room for about 20 people which makes this restaurant nice and cozy. You should definitely try it!
Herengracht 287, Amsterdam
The Overtoom in Amsterdam keeps surprising me! This restaurant has been here for years but I only found out about it last year.
It’s been around for over 50 years in different generations. You can’t get it any more authentic than this one!
They are most famous for their Indonesian Rice Tables: Ramayana and Shinta (pictured below). They will bring everything on the table for you to feast your eyes on.
Overtoom 68, Amsterdam
4. Toko Kokkita
Not a restaurant but a great place to get a tasty Indonesian take away. This might not be a secret for the people who live nearby, but certainly good to know for the rest of Amsterdam and surroundings!
Besides the take away menu, they offer catering and you can buy authentic Indonesian products in the store.
They always have discounts going on, so check their website before ordering. YumYum!
Amstelveenseweg 166, Amsterdam
So no need to search for those authentic Indonesian flavors. They are right here and all very affordable!