Tempo Doeloe

Price guide: Mid-range

Utrechtsestraat 75, Amsterdam, 1017 VJ

Price guide: Mid-range

Tempo Doeloe © Chrispy

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

I write for The Daily Telegraph, The .... Read more
#14 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
3.9
3.9
Location:
4.1
4.1
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Relaxation, Special occasions

Expert review of Tempo Doeloe

A strong contender for the best Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam.

I had my first rijsttafel - a 'rice table' of many little taster dishes - at Tempo Doeloe years ago. The restaurant has been around for over a quarter of a century, and is extremely popular (and small) - so bookings are essential any night of the week.

Food and drink: 

Go for a rijsttafel (a Dutch colonial speciality; it must be ordered by two minimum), and your table will be smothered in up to 25 tapas-sized dishes, served in little white pots. Tempo Doeloe's cooking is spicier than most of Amsterdam's Indonesian restaurants - watch out for those marked as hot or very hot on the menu. There is a vegetarian rijsttafel option, and you can order more conventional set meals, or a la carte. Leave room (tricky) for a slice of spekkoek (Indonesian layered cake) or the delicious mango dessert.

Ambience: 

Intimate, verging on the cramped, and quite smart, with chandeliers and lots of white linen. 

Service: 

Solicitous, but can be overstretched at times.

Location: 

One of a number of good places to eat on Utrechtsestraat, just south of the centre.

Price advice: 

Per person, the full, 25-dish Rijsttafel Istemewa costs 37.5 euros. The 12-dish Rijsttafel Stimoelan costs 29.5 euros.

More information on Tempo Doeloe:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Indonesian
Address:
Utrechtsestraat 75, Amsterdam, 1017 VJ
Telephone:
020 625 6718
Website:
http://www.tempodoeloerestaurant.nl
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

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