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“Better than many in Amsterdam”

Indonesia Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 197 Restaurants in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$25
Cuisines: Asian, Indonesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Northland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Better than many in Amsterdam”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Was delighted to find a restaurant that specialised in Rijsttafel here in New Zealand. The quality was superb and the amount abundant for 2. When converted to euros, the value was better than Amsterdam and the food was better than in some restaurants I have eaten there. Would encourage all visitors to Napier to try it out and if you have never had a "rice table" it will be a great experience that you can get no where else in New Zealand. The restaurant has been in business for over 30 years - this say volumes in a industry that changes with the trends.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Hokianga
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Kees P, Owner at Indonesia Restaurant, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
So happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us and we feel humbled by the comparisons you made with eating Indonesian food in Amsterdam.
Thanks for recommending us to respective diners.
Joss Lamers & Kees Peters (proprietors) and Staff
'Restaurant Indonesia' - Established in 1983
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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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“Delicious Rijstafel”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

We really enjoyed the supreme rijstafel we had with its 19 or so dishes and the spice condiments that accompanied it. It has been about 40 years since I last enjoyed such a good rijstafel. The service was great and the host and staff very friendly.

Visited April 2014
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Thank m0eder
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Kees P, Owner at Indonesia Restaurant, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Wow that has been a long time to be deprived of having a Rijsttafel... So glad you enjoyed it. Don't leave it another 40 years because we cannot guarantee that the restaurant will ever be celebrating over 70 years... But hey, you never know.
Kind regards
Joss Lamers & Kees Peters (proprietors) and Staff
'Restaurant Indonesia' - Since 1983
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Napier, New Zealand
1 review
“Overpriced given quality”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

I loved the Rijistifaal (apologies for spelling) concept but the blend of flavours could have been much much better. The quality of meat was cheaper cuts, relying on the sauces and spicy condiments to compensate. The $72 for the Supreme Rijistifaal was overpriced given the spectrum of flavours was not broad enough for Indonesia cuisine. Service was good. Sorry but overall I felt the experience was a little underwhelming given the price tag.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank pinitia
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Kees P, Owner at Indonesia Restaurant, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Thanks for your review. It's always a pity when people are not enjoying themselves and feel that they don't get value for money. $36 per person for a meal consisting of approx. 20 different items, al made on site... Okay, of course we use cheaper cuts of meats used in Rendang (beef) or the Kurmah (lamb stew). Don't expect anything else from Indonesian/Malaysian cuisine for these dishes. All items - including the sauces and condiments - are made on premise. You write that the service was 'good' but don't follow this up in the rating.
We strive to please each and every customer but are also aware that this is not always possible. Disappointing that your one and only feedback of any restaurant in the world has to be a negative one...
Joss Lamers & Kees Peters (proprietors) and Staff
'Restaurant Indonesia' - The only Indonesian Restaurant in NZ, Celebrating 31 Years



loved the Rijistifaal (apologies for spelling) concept but the blend of flavours could have been much much better. The quality of meat was cheaper cuts, relying on the sauces and spicy condiments to compensate. The $72 for the Supreme Rijistifaal was overpriced given the spectrum of flavours was not broad enough for Indonesia cuisine. Service was good. Sorry but overall I felt the experience was a little underwhelming given the price tag.
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
“Fantastic experience and hospitality”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

From the moment you walk in, you feel like you are entering another world. We loved the service, the artwork and the unique experience of the meal. Kees was a superb host, topping up our wine, offering advice and giving us privacy. We loved the 'Rijsttafel' concept and the food was awesome. Thanks Restaurant Indonesia - we will be back!!! :-)

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Kelly744
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Kees P, Owner at Indonesia Restaurant, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Thank you so much for your review of your dining experience at our restaurant. Reading your contribution it's very evident you enjoyed your evening with us. That's what it is all about. We'd love to see you back!
Kind regards
Joss Lamers & Kees Peters (proprietors) and Staff
'Restaurant Indonesia' - Proudly Celebrating 31 Years
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Fun and Delicious”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

The service was relaxed and friendly. The food was delicious and it was great trying so many little seafood delights. The alcohol was cheep which was great.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Karlene H
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Kees P, Owner at Indonesia Restaurant, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Thanks for your review of our little restaurant. Glad you enjoyed it. Also nice that you noticed that our drinks menu is very affordable. That's how we want it to be...!
It seems you had a great time visiting Napier. Good!!!
Kind regards
Joss Lamers & Kees Peters (proprietors) and Staff
'Restaurant Indonesia' - Since 1983
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