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“Up to expectations”
Review of De Lachende Javaan

De Lachende Javaan
Ranked #26 of 326 Restaurants in Haarlem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Centrum
Nendaz, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Up to expectations”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Pleasant , family owned Indonesian restaurant, very pleasant experience , excellent staff and attention , pleasant decor , food up to what we expected , good introduction to the Rice Tafel almost a national dish in Holland

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank JPA45
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Urdorf, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
317 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Avoid at all cost”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Relatives, whom were in our group this time around had been here 5 years ago and were dieing to get back here as it was very good that time, apparently. However it seemed that things had changed in these 5 years.

Beware, don't park on the main road nearby, it is poorly indicated but you are not allowed to park there, only loading and unloading. The nearest park house is about 10 minutes by foot and if you manage to find a parking spot on the street this will cost you 3,25 per hour, so ensure you have enough small change on you as the machines don't take cards or notes.

We were with a big group, amongst them a baby. We asked them to give us some bread so we could still the hunger of the baby, however that never came and the parents had to take the baby outside in turns as he was crying so much from hunger, that they felt embarrased and took him outside to play a bit and distract him.

Ordering was already very inefficient, the waitress seemed to be going back to the same people the whole time, the whole process probably took about 10 minutes. We all ordered a 'rijsttafel', which might have been a mistake. This we noticed as my wife and I ordered extra chicken saté. When the food came (as you can imagine in a Indonesian restaurant, in many small dishes and on 'hotplates' on the table) they didn't hand out any plates initially. So when we asked for these, the waitress answered short tempered and irritated that 'she's busy'. Yes, the restaurant was quite full, but we had reserved in advance and so they knew when we were coming, so they could ensure that there is plenty of staff to manage the situations. In this case they seemed totally overwhelmed.

Coming back to our extra 'saté', it was 'probably' put somewhere on the table, but not near us, so we never got this. Most of the dishes were so spicy that we could hardly eat them. Most of us are quite used to spicy food, one of us even being from a background used to spicy food, but we all found it too spicy. So of the things that were less spicy, there wasn't enough to go around and as the waiting staff seemed stressed as it was, we didn't bother asking for any and tried to eat the dishes that were there.

All in all, not our/my best experience and next time I will look for another place.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank ddoron
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Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Local Rijsttafel”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We were staying in Harlem while visiting Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Many years ago my wife and I travelled to Indonesia but could not afford a rijsttafel (literally rice table - basically a buffet at your table of Indonesian food). So when in the Netherlands, we could not pass up the opportunity.
This restaurant was authentic to the Dutch Indonesian traditions and the food was very well presented and tasty. For the amount of food and variety, the price was decent as well. A good place to enjoy Indonesian foods.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank WithFamilyWillTravel
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Somerset, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great ristaefel”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

We visited Javaan during our trip to Haarlem. Food was well prepared and varied. Service was quite good. We also felt it was a good value.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank loyalredsoxfan
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Old Hickory, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
292 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Novel eating experience”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

This was our second Indonesian restaurant of the trip and we had a better idea of what to expect and what we liked. The food was excellent and the service fine considering the size of our group. If you haven't tried Indonesian food, I highly recommend it for both the experience and the many interesting flavors.

Visited April 2014
Thank GwensGramma
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