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We take all of our out-of-town visitors to this restaurant to try Surinamese-Javanese food for the first time. They all rave about it and then ask to return multiple times during their visit. The food is simple, tasty and just exotic enough to be exciting without being overly spicy or unusual for picky eaters. A real crowd pleaser!
Choose nasi (rice), bami (noodles) or tjauwmin (skinny noodles) and then the main dish of your choice. Favorites include the beef rendang and roast chicken, as well as the roti and special combo meals. Meat eaters and vegetarians will all find something to love. Be sure not to miss the saoto ayam, a delicious chicken soup that satisfies the soul. Some say Spang Makandra makes the best version they have ever had outside of Indonesia.
Unfamiliar with the food of Suriname and Java?
Indonesian dishes as well. In fact several of the meals are a mouthwatering mix of tastes and techniques from Suriname, Indonesia, and Java.
A few caveats: the original Spang Makandra location in De Pijp is a small place and very popular, and they do not take reservations. Try to arrive early to get in line for a table, or visit on a weekday for a shorter wait. Or just stop by one of their other new locations!
Also note that the restaurant is halal, which means no beer or wine for those of you who like to party. Try a coconut or mango juice with dinner and then head to a nearby bar afterward to satisfy any boozey desires.
Gerard Doustraat 39, Amsterdam (Pijp)
Admiraal de Ruijterweg 23, Amsterdam (West)
Boerhaaveplein 3, Amsterdam (Oost)
Tussenmeer 227, Amsterdam (Osdorp)
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