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“Tasting in style.”

Seray Bistroriental
Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Hillegom
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$30
Cuisines: Asian, Diner, Indonesian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Authentic Indonesian Food
Hillegom, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Tasting in style.”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

First time visit. The overall atmosphere and setting, both inside as well as outside is very pretty and welcoming. Very friendly service with a smile makes you feel at ease instantly. However an attempt has made to make it look "exclusive", say a bit "haute cuisine".
The three of us had our starters at the terrace enjoying the evening sun. Ordering 2 mixed starters from the menu for 3 persons, we expected the dishes to be reset for 3 persons, but it turned out to be a starter for 2 persons. Had to make choices, who gets what.
All three of us took "Tante Ellie" as the main course, based on the (many) good reviews. We booked a table around 7:00 PM, being one of the first guests to be served. Reservation indeed is advised, because within an hour all tables were occupied.
Being familiar with Indonesian food I was very pleased with the presentation, but less pleased with the quality. Sure, it was all very tasteful, but some of the meat dishes were slightly overcooked, making it less tender than it should've been.
The quantity on the table didn't really reflected the well know Indonesian hospitality and certainly doesn't match the price. However, the ambiance is making up a lot.
The dessert (mango ice-cream) is very tasteful and nicely presented, but (again) the three scoops of ice-cream are way too little for such a price.
It's certainly worthwhile to have your Indonesian dining experience at Seray, but we'll definitely try one of the other dishes of the (limited) menu card.
It's a good place for Indonesian tasting in style, but it looks to me "style" comes with a price tag.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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342 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Table of auntie Elly”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

I was told this restaurant in the little village of Hillegom was a household name for the devotees of the Indonesian cuisine. Personally, I've found most of the Indonesian food so-so; too often way too salty and too often showered with flavour enhancers.

My bias against the Indonesian cuisine was dispelled by the rich array of little dishes/bites of the Indonesian rice table of auntie Elly, apparently the mother of the owner and the spiritual chef of Seray. The meat dishes had plenty of flavour without being salty, the vegetable dishes were equally enjoyable.

We had a fairly unknown beer, Lindeboom Gouverneur Blonde, instead of wine. While it was just an OK beer, it did not distort the good food.

The service was friendly and the bill came to just over 65 Euro including beer and tea for two persons.

Without doubt, one of the best Indonesian restaurants I've visited.

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Venneper
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“a nice surprice”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

I love Indonesian food and am quite experienced, both cooking and eating. I checked Tripadvisor for a restaurant near Haarlem and this one popped up. Book a table and had their "rice table".
As mentioned, a nice surprise. Real authentic taste, fresh and a great variety of dishes.
Only the sate's were a bit of a disappointment. Too much adapted to the boring Dutch taste, even the kambing which we ordered separately, was not worthwhile.

  • Visited November 2013
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