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“Great flavours”
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Ranked #243 of 4,085 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$40
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

Not knowing what we wanted for lunch, we stumbled across Sampurna restaurant. We all fancied Indonesian food and were pleased to find that the kitchen was still open for lunch at 2 pm. There was only one other table occupied. We ordered gado gado (vegetarian), satay ayam and another chicken dish. The waitress was very helpful when choosing our dishes. I had an enormous yearning for tjendol and even though it was on the dessert menu, she didn't mind serving it as a drink with my meal. We had asked if the chicken in the chicken dish was breast meat and were disappointed to find out that it wasn't, contrary to what we were told. The chicken in the satay was also of poor quality. All the flavours were great though and the tjendol is definitely recommendable.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We set out actually to go to a speciality pancake restaurant and after finding it with some difficulty, found it was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays ! Having passed sampurna on the way we decided to go back to it, not having tried Indonesian food for many many years.

The place was softly lit, plenty of place, a few tables taken. There was just one woman rushing around , the only staff member we saw, though we could see an active dumbwaiter in the corner bringing the food into the main restaurant.

The menu was already on the table and we asked the woman in charge for clarifications of what some of the dishes were, as the names were in Indonesian with no descriptions. We were explained the concept of the Indonesian rice table , and ordered two different ones, both vegetarian.

My Indonesian beer soon arrived and was excellent. The meal arrived swiftly too, the woman looking after all the customers single handed was a bundle of energy and good cheer, and hats off to her for her attitude !

She also patiently explained each item on our "rice plate". Wife had ordered mainly noodles with vegetables including tofu, accompanied by a few crackers, some salad, and some soya bean curd slices ( though the serving lady told us this, I thought both tofu and soya bean curd were one and the same thing, therefore could not understand what she meant , will there be any difference at all ? )

My rice plate had two skewers of tofu cubes, some sticky rice, some sprout and beans and noodles in a dark peanut sauce, and some crackers. The peanut sauce was outstanding and gave the meal a special flavour, the crackers were tasteless, the veggie was good but I would have preferred a greater choice of the vegetables in the mix. I am not a fan of tofu at all so had no real choice, as all the veg dishes had tofu as the main ingredient. Coating the tofu in the peanut sauce made it edible.

Wife relished the noodles, and I did taste a bit but was not enamoured by it. While the food was an interesting difference from anything we had tried till date, I would not perhaps go for it again due to the preponderance of tofu in everything. Also, the rice plates vary from 16 to 20 euros each and the quantities are very small, so not value for money

But once again, congratulations to the woman in the restaurant who seemed to be everything except the chef.............. she believed in providing good service , and we were pleased.

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Thank RamjiRA
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

The food at this place is very nice but their desperation to wring as much money out of every diner is unattractive and off-putting. From keeping us waiting 20 minutes for a table (rather than just give a realistic estimate of when a table would be free) to having to be asked 4 times for a glass of tap water (at which point they brought a bottle and looked very sulky when they were asked, again, for tap water). We ordered a lot of food, we had wine with our meal. We tried to enjoy the evening. But the entire thing was overshadowed by their dissatisfaction at not making even more money off us.

Thank B D
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Having been recommended to try an Indonesian Rijsstafel (bit like a tapas of many different dishes so you can sample different tastes) we headed for Sampurna which we had seen the previous day. Struggling to find it again, we arrived to a crowded restaurant and thankfully managed to get the last table.
Not knowing anything about Rijsstafel we opted for one of the set menu options. It was mouth watering tasty and presented beautifully. Even the different flavoured prawn crackers were delicious. A must for anyone visiting Amsterdam but make sure you book!!!

Thank SandraBD110
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Recommended and reserved by Consierge at the Sofitel. Location was good and central. The food was excellent almost too much and service and quality likewise. There were plenty of options from which to choose. Would definitely return

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