Wow. Let's say I'm extremely impressed. As I am half Indonesian, I have eaten Indonesian food all over SoCal as well as Indonesia, but nothing could prepare me for this. I knew that the Dutch people (Netherlands) used to have possession of Indonesia, so I assumed that they would have good Indonesian food at Amsterdam. But holy crap this was amazing!
We decided to sit outside to enjoy the day, even though the inside was beautiful and a bit romantic. Ordered nasi campur, satay ayam, and gado gado.
Satay ayam- the chicken was SO tender and juicy, and the sauce they poured on top was full of spices and flavors just like indonesia- they did their satay right. It was delicious.
Gado gado- mixture of greens like beans, salad, beansprout, tofu, cucumber, and tempeh. It was difficult to mix as the peanut sauce came separate and it was a giant plate, but it was a good light appetizer to start out with.
Nasi campur- OMG... It came with spicy chicken, sweet beef, vegetables, rice, telor (egg), etc... This blew my mind. All the meats were cooked perfectly and all the spices tasted as amazing as they should; all the flavors were accentuated and eaten together.. I went to heaven. I was so full, but i could not stop eating. The spicy chicken and the egg was my favorite part of the dish, but overall everything together..... Yum.
The plates were put on hot silver trays, which cluttered the table but was still nice. We also ordered two glasses of merlot recommended by the server, and the total came out to be 57 euros. This meal was like a dream.. Its never happening again and I could wish that I could come back :(
Ambiance was very contemporary and chic with the service being accommodating.
It's Indonesian food in Amsterdam! The food was great and full of spices and zestiness!
It is on the high end of dining, but worthy to pamper oneself once in awhile - especially trying out Indonesian food while in Amsterdam!
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.
We had planned to try the rijstaffel at Restaurant Blauw but we couldn't make it work (it's at the far end of Vondelpark and we were never in the right place at the right time). As a fallback, however, Sampurna was more than up to the task. Very central location, 5 minutes walk from our hotel.
We ordered Batara Rijstaffel for 4, which was perfect for the 5 of us (3 adults, 2 teens). I had been expecting the legendary lazy susan with the rice in the center, but this was served on oblong plates placed on a warming tray that ran the length of the table. Very efficient and a clever innovation.
One of the things about rijstaffel is that there is so much food of so many different types that it is hard to identify the highlights. So let me just say that everything was very good or better and nothing was even slightly disappointing. Excellent service, too. Rijstaffel looks expensive at almost EUR 30 per person, but we ordered 4 for 5 people so it was a pretty reasonable meal.
I will try Restaurant Blauw next time I'm in Amsterdam just because it comes so highly recommended, but we liked Sampurna a lot and were very glad we went.
The food here is delicious! We came here two times during our trip to Amsterdam because we couldn't get enough! I like how they give you chips to start. Their lunch menu is pretty extensive and I got their chicken soup both times. It really hit the spot. My husband ordered the gado gado and their tofu dish. The flavors were exquisite. I already miss the food here!
Having never been exposed to Indonesian cuisine, I must say I am now hooked. The food was incredible, 2 of us had rijstaffel and the other 2 in our party ordered individual dishes. After spending 2 weeks roaming all over the country, this was by far my favorite meal. I can't wait to go back for more!
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
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Had a nice dinner for 4. Felt a bit rushed to order from a large menu. Food was unusual, carefully seasoned. Tight quarters.
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.
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.
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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