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“Absolute Tourist Trap, Do Not Eat Here!!”
Review of nDalem Ngabean

nDalem Ngabean
Ranked #207 of 1,222 Restaurants in Yogyakarta
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Reviewed 17 June 2011

After believing reviews here and elsewhere stating that it is a good restaurant with great atmosphere, we went there expecting a memorable meal. When I arrived, the building was beautiful with traditional architecture, and that impressed us immediately. However, it was downhill after that. Much to our surprise it was a buffet lunch with no ala carte menu, and the variety of food was limited with a poor mix of Indonesia satay, Chinese spring rolls, tempura prawns, Chinese fried rice noodle, tasteless soup, .... What a disappointment! When we looked around, it was only a group of Chinese tourists from one tour coach eating. The place was obviously catering to tour groups on cheap budget and an inclination for boring food! It tasted below average, the drinks were expensive, and the overall food quality scored 3 out of 10 at best. Granted the service was attentive and two rather bored Indonesian musicians played traditional music, the atmosphere was flatly touristy. When the bill came, it was expensive at USD$35 for two, based on Yogyakarta standard. By the time we paid, we were the only two persons left as the tour bus left, and the musicians looked most restless and perhaps upset we stayed on a little longer. This was absolutely a waste of time, a trap in a traditional palace building. I would rather skip lunch and eat snacks along Jalan Malioboro. Tourists beware!

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Reviewed 30 July 2010

Restaurants featuring Indonesian and the other cuisine , you can be found all over Yogyakarta, but the uniquely place and a delicious meal you can get in Ndalem ngabean..
you can see various menu with nice packaging.. and fortunetly i found SALAD here..its so yumyyyyyy.. :)

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1  Thank OzzieOHP
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

This restaurant represents of Yogyakarta atmosphere. very nice food from Traditional, Asian and Western Food. I recommended it to all travellers to try and have enjoyable stay there. The location is very good and close with Taman sari Water castle and Sultan Palace, as well the bird market. Good location. Good Staff and Keep it Up!!!

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1  Thank PR_TPHY
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

After touring Jogya, this is a great quiet refuge. Beautifully built, ornate woodwork, sumptious lunch buffet.

2  Thank makkberger
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