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De Lachende Javaan

Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
+31 23 532 8792
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“rijsttafel” (30 reviews)
“beef rendang” (4 reviews)
“rice table” (7 reviews)
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Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
Neighbourhood: Centrum
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Personell is a little strange, not very 'smiley' at all. You get the feeling they are rushing you through even though it was not very busy. Rijsttafel was okay but not very spicy, the meat dishes were all very similar. The person telling you what...More

Thank burgertrut
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing special, but they know what they are doing. Very yummy food. Friendly staff. Overall a good place to go to.

Thank AtrejuA
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

The ambience is good and the service reasonable. We had the traditional meal of rice surrounded by various meat and vegetable dishes, explained well by the server. It was all fine but somehow mass produced and poured in by formula. If it was more hot...More

Thank Blackswanmalcolm
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

A nice size restaurant in small street (no cars, no parking) in the center of Haarlem. Friendly staff, sometimes difficult to understand and not very forthcoming sharing information and explaining the dishes of our 'rijsttafel'. We asked twice about the dishes but nothing than a...More

Thank AMSGoonie
Reviewed 19 December 2016

the Indonesian food was lack luster. It was spicy enough, just not tasty. We ordered the smallest Rijst Tafel, which had more than enough food for 3 people. On a Tuesday evening the restaurant was full, which would mean that the food had something to...More

Thank bgkhan224
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I love Indonesian food but my partner had never tried it, so the "rijsttafel" is a great way of trying out lots of different things. The quality of the food was great, but the waiter was also really awesome. We asked some questions about the...More

Thank Andrea v
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We ordered a large spread in order to try a wide variety of dishes. Every dish was nicely prepared and the service was very good. We hadn't tried Indonesian food before, so this was a great place for an introduction.

Thank Blabbott
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Delicious! A bunch of interesting flavorful dishes. There was so much we couldn't finish! Lovely place very busy. Out of the main drag

Thank lazy105
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

My Dutch friends Introduced us to this place last week. I love Indian and Thai food so this was a logical step. I let Nisa choose a selection of dishes for the four of us and was not disappointed. My favourite was the beef rendang...More

Thank FWTraveller
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We lived and worked in Borneo for two years so we love Malaysian and Indonesian food, and we know what it should taste like. Holland has a lot of Chinese-Indonesian restaurants but this one is definitely the real deal, serving not only rijstafel (a traditional...More

Thank Andrew W
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Could you give me an idea how much diner would cost for 2 people who are not eat an awful lot. Also how far is it from the center of town. Thanks
26 October 2016|
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Response from lazy105 | Reviewed this property |
It's pretty pricey but worth it if you want the "experience". The food is really good. It's pretty close to all the action in town center along the walkways
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
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17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frankestraat 27, 2011 HT Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Haarlem>  > Centrum
  • Neighbourhood: Centrum
  • Phone Number: +31 23 532 8792
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