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  • 5.0 star rating
    9/2/2014
    1 check-in here

    Location - right where the flower market is.
    Ambience - pleasant
    Taste - finger licking good
    Speed of service - pretty good for Amsterdam

    Rijsttafel kecil n Piringdag rendang - yummmm!
    Lunch prices - Rijsttafel @ 23.50, Piringdag Rendang @ 15.40

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/5/2014

    The food is tasty and the location is central.
    Rijstafels is what you should get if you want to try a bit of everything. I particularly liked the soup which is a starter in one of the rijstafels :)

    Things to consider: if you are with 4 people and have 2 rijstafels, water and wine on the table it will be like playing tetris; tables are not as big.
    Another thing to think about - it gets crowded, sometimes with tourists, and if those are loud (which happens) you can't really talk. Space between tables is very limited.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/2/2014
    1 check-in here

    So you want Indonesia the Dutch way and you want to be in the center of Amsterdam and you want to feel a bit more glam than usually .... Then Sampurna is the deal for you. A god restaurant with a big variety of Indonesian dishes, a very limited but not too bad wine list but with a hudge space problem. Well again if you dont mind having lunch or dinner while you are  feeling a little bit squeezed thank its an OK place.

    WOuld recommend it for the local mostly. If you are a tourist im sure that they are other places you can enjoy more

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/2/2014

    I don't think I've had Indonesian food that I didn't think was super fantastically flavorful, so now when going to indo-eries, it's more about selection, atmosphere, price, and of course my demanding mouth expects the dishes to give my innards indogasms.

    Sampurna is no exception. For indo-virgins, I ALWAYS recommend going to at least one indo place in Amsterdam to taste the craze for yourself.
    For indo-veterans. This place has the same delicious foods you are used to, they have some really spicy sauces for those looking to punish your tongues, and the interior is nice and dark so that you aren't that noticeable when you are using your napkin to wipe your spice induced running nose. Also for you spice-wusses out there, they have a special rijsttafel menu that only goes as far as semi-spicy. The ONLY thing people really should know about this place is that the rijsttafels (the only thing you should EVER order at indo-eries) are on the expensive side and you won't get a billion different dishes. But it's in the center near Muntplein so what do you expect! Either way, for sure I worship Restaurant Blauw, but this is an acceptable alternative if I want to go somewhere in the center.

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/7/2014

    excellent food for two--Batara Rijsttafel--and good wine as well.  However, management nickels and dimes you.  At a cost of Euros 74 (a little over US$100) you cannot get free tap water.  Must buy bottled water.  Nor would the waiter provide hot water for a second cup of jasmine tea (same tea bag)--he explained that electriciity is expensive in the Netherlands....

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/5/2014

    On holiday in Amsterdam, Sampurna was recommended as the best rijstaffel in The Netherlands.  It did not disappoint!! It was a tremendous combination and variety of Indonesian tastes/flavors. I did not count but we had at least 10 different and separate plates. Food and service was outstanding.  Advice on what to order and amount was greatly appreciated and right on target.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/6/2014

    Located on a street which has multiple restaurants in a nice area. It was a weekday and we walked in without reservations and got a table. We decided to go with one of their set prefix menus and were not disappointed. It comes with a lot of food and is well laid out and served. All the dishes were flavorful but not spicy. I asked for a spicy sauce and was served a couple delicious options. Like all Amsterdam restaurants, tap water is not served. Have to order bottled water!! Our waiter Isabella was exceptionally good and took the time to help us with directions. She was most helpful and in general has a very sweet personality.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/5/2014

    Absolutely tremendous menu, with a fantastic quality of food. Try the menus - we did, on two consecutive nights.... Celebes Rijstaffel and Kuning Ristaffel. And whatever you do, save some place for the Tjendol dessert!

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/4/2014

    If i had to eat only one Indonesian dish for the rest of my life, it would be LEMPAH UDANG, a spicy seasoned soup based on tomato with shrimps and spring onions! From the very first taste, I closed my eyes and savored the taste.  Same with the last bite.....  Perfect!

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/9/2013

    We had a excellent experience and  food was very good for an Indonesian. The reijstaffel came in with generous portion We were starving an d the waiter was slow to start but once I spoke Indonesian things were hoping .
    Paid € 100 for two with a bottle of wine

  • 2.0 star rating
    29/4/2013
    1 check-in here

    It is very very hard for me to give this place 2 stars when it deserves 5 (as one of my favourite dining spots in Amsterdam).

    Food is amazing, it's just that they just do not have a clue how to handle reservations on a weekend night. They tend to overbook and since the place is popular it's a total mess. If you do not reserve at the weekend you will never get a table. If you do reserve you won't get a table either. So the take home message is: do not go on a weekend night.

    2 stars of protest only because it's not acceptable to wait an hour to get a table, be served in a rush by hyper-stressed staff, and having to dine with dozens of people standing next to your table, waiting to be seated (and protesting because they all had a reservation at 21:00).

    Just take less reservations guys, your food is excellent, you'll make profit anyways.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/9/2013
    1 check-in here

    don't let the location fool you; this is no overpriced, bland tourist trap. this is delicious indonesian food. the sole reason this place doesn't get all five stars is because the place is very understaffed. we were sitting outside for a good 10 minutes or so until our hunger drove us inside the restaurant for service. the lady is friendly enough but one person can't take orders and serve the whole place. it took ages to get food and drinks.

    when the food finally arrived, we were overjoyed. i got the piring sate siang; a generous portion of rice, salads, an egg, sambals, and four satay sticks. the sambals were properly flavourful and SPICY. i ate everything on my plate and greedily sampled a piece of lontong from my friend's gado gado. everything was delicious. the food here is great but don't come here when you are starving because the food will take a while to get to you.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/11/2012
    1 check-in here

    Never had Indonesian before, and the thing that struck me most about my meal was the variety of flavors and overall presentation. Since we ordered the Batara Rijsttafel (which is basically a tasting menu for a ton of different foods), we got to try out a ton of things.

    As you might expect with such variety, there were some stand-outs, while others fell a little flat (at least to me). The meats (beef and chicken) were pretty amazing. Don't fill up on the soup or chips, which are just ok. The spices in the meats were really great.

    And as I mentioned earlier, the presentation (and just general ambience of the restaurant) were top-notch. Great place to take a date for some really great food - highly recommended.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/9/2013

    The food here is generally comparable to the best Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta, though it costs many times more.  For Europe, the prices are still normal.

    The rendang beef was amazing, though a friend found it too spicy, it was perfect for me.  Soto ayam, was authentic, and the satay beef, chicken and lamb were very good.

    The one dish that was weaker than the rest was sayor lodeh ( a mild vegetable curry) but its still way above average, and only stood out because everything else was amazing.

    The next night I tried Kantjil & de Tijger, a more established food haunt in amsterdam, and I have to say sampurna is ahead by a mile.

    This is the best Indonesian restaurant I had ever eaten in outside of Indonesia.   If you're in amsterdam, try it.

    There's only two problems I had, even with reservation, we waited 15 minutes for a table. And there was a long lineup of people waiting for tables from 7pm.  And the wifi worked with my ipad but not with the iPhone.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/11/2013

    This is a pretty descent Indonesian restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam by the flower market. If you are in the area it is a food place for lunch, but I wouldn't make a special trip. The portions are good and those of you who like hot and spicy Indonesian dishes won't be disappointed. The day I was there the free WIFI didn't work, but otherwise it was a pleasant place to have lunch.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/9/2012

    Indonesian cuisine is super popular in Amsterdam. Having never tried this type of cuisine, I knew I had to try it at some point during my stay.

    My husband choose Sampurna for our Indonesian experience. The ambience and location are the first notable features of the restaurant. It's located across from the Tulip market (which was unfortunately closed!). The decor is really stunning - elegant, modern, unassuming.

    The menu has a good selection of Rijsttafel (rice table) and a la carte options. In order to try as many things as possible, we ordered one of the Rijsttafels, the Batara Rijsttafel. This meal comes with soup or pastry for appetizer, a large bowl of rice, then a large assortment of small dishes, including skewered beef and chicken, braised beef, veggies in coconut sauce, shrimp in coconut sauce, and chicken curry. The dishes were a nice mix of spicy and not-so-spicy. My favorites were the skewered beef (melt in your mouth good!) and the chicken curry.

    One thing I thought was pretty cool about the restaurant was the clientele. There were probably about 4 or 5 different languages being spoken throughout the entire restaurant. Amsterdam is quite the melting pot!

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/4/2013

    It's been over two weeks since I had dinner at Sampurna yet that meal and the flavors dancing in my mouth feel like it was just yesterday!  I was recently in Amsterdam for a study abroad class and was pleasantly surprised with all of the diverse cuisine options that were available throughout the city.  On one of our first nights out, a few of us in the group decided to go for Indonesian, and thanks to good ol' reliable yelp, we found Sampurna.  Without a reservation, four of us walked there on Sunday night around 6:45ish.  The place was about a third occupied and getting a table was a breeze.  We were greeted warmly and seated instantly.  Right off the bat, they brought us these complimentary light crispy starters that at the closest can be compared to papadum in Indian snack food.  They were accompanied by three separate dips that varied in spice levels from moderate to very spicy.  We were given two types of bowls of these, one that was made with shrimp and one that was vegetarian.  All four of us really enjoyed the flavors and loved the different dip options.  We were already off to a great start.  For appetizers, we got some vegetarian lumpias and shared them.  I thought they were going to be made with moistened rice paper like Vietnamese spring rolls are, but they actually looked and tasted like fried egg rolls that you can find in most Thai and Chinese restaurants.  Not what I was expecting but still really good.  The star of the meal for me though was definitely my main entrée.  I had the Gado Gado, a blend of vegetables topped with a spicy peanut sauce.  To me it was the perfect marriage of the sweetness of Thai curries sauce with the hotness of Indian curry sauce.  The spicy peanut sauce was soo perfect that despite gorging on the complimentary starters and inhaling the lumpias that came our way, I could not help but clean my entrée and practically lick the sauce off the plate!  THAT is how good it was!  At this point we were past caring about calories and our waistlines so we kept going and had dessert too.  I had their fried banana with coconut ice cream.  The fried banana itself was kind of off, a little too soft and rubbery for my taste, but the ice cream was terrific, and following such outstanding food, I wasn't too disappointed.  Also the Italian Pinot Grigio that I paired with all my food and dessert, was great.  

    The atmosphere at Sampurna is simple and warm with authentic Indonesian décor.  Nothing was overdone, just a quite and beautiful aesthetic.  To me, one of the best places to eat in Amsterdam.  My classmate who had never had Indonesian food before was very happy with her first experience with the cuisine.  We ate out a lot that week, and the meal at Sampurna was hands down our favorite.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/12/2011

    I give five stars to very few restaurants.  This one scored because of the kindness of the staff, as well as the ambiance and quality of the food.

    Indonesian food is served in a number of restaurants around Amsterdam, but I would say this one is the best, if not THE best!

    The location is wonderful--right along the narrow street by the Floating Flower Market.  The Market closes down late, so you can buy your tulip bulbs and have a delicious dinner all on one trip!

    The decor of Sampurna is serene, with enough Indonesian art to add interest, but not so much as to be kitchy.

    I wasn't feeling well the last night we went to Sampurna, and the waitress was so sweet, putting her hand on my shoulder once to reassure me.  I appreciated that!

    The food is absolutely delicious, and the dishes are artfully displayed on the table.

    I highly recommend Sampurna!

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/4/2011
    First to Review

    Best Indonesian food I've had on the globe. Enormous portions for the rijsttafel with delicate seasoning and complex sauces. Definitely worth a trip when visiting Amsterdam for truly gourmet Indonesian cuisine.

    Beautiful (and busy) restaurant as well.

    Price was fair. Definitely not cheap, but worth it for the quality and ambience.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/10/2012

    Had a nice dinner for 4. Felt a bit rushed to order from a large menu. Food was unusual, carefully seasoned. Tight quarters.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/7/2011

    A little on the trendy/upscale side, but the food was great. They had 3-4 rijstafel menus, ranging from about 25-40 euros per person, plus a la carte. We got one of the meals with fewer courses and had more than enough food. I don't have a high spice tolerance and some of the dishes were a little too spicy for me, but I tolerated it. For two with drinks, we paid about 90 euros.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/2/2013

    This is at least the third Indonesian restaurant I've visited in Amsterdam, and it's definitely my favorite. The staff was helpful without being overbearing. The food in the Batara Rijsttafel ranged from "good" to "amazing", with the latter being my companion's and my assessment of a beef skewer.  Our chicken dumplings were nothing special, but were nicely done nevertheless. It was a fantastic meal that we both found, overall, to be unfortgettable.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/9/2012

    I don't remember the name of the set dish I got, but it had saffron rice, this delicious roasted/toasted coconut that you would sprinkle on it, pickled cucumbers, a fried egg with curry.  Ordered chicken and beef satay on the side.  Everything was just so flavorful, complex yet palatable and delicious.  I cleaned my plate which is a rare thing.  We came back again for dinner two days later.

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