Friends, food and tales of Indonesia

I love travelling to exotic places, but over recent years, I’ve had to limit my time away from home due to my business. But who would have thought, the exotic weather would come to me this year! We’ve seen unusually warm autumn weather in Amsterdam. An Indian summer means the bars and restaurants have kept their outdoor terraces open for alfresco dining. And I, for one, am obviously enjoying the extended summer being a warm-blooded Italian!

Talking of Italy and exotic places, my good friends Anna and Roberto from Italy came to Amsterdam for a visit. We hadn’t seen each other for a while, and the first topic of conversation was mine and Tim’s last trip to Indonesia. We thought what better place to tell them about our experience than over an authentic Indonesian meal at our favourite restaurant Blauw, Amstelveenseweg 158-160, 1075 XN Amsterdam.

From the moment I step into this restaurant it takes me back to our first night in Jakarta; a black & white portrait of an Indonesian family dominates the wall.  Close knit friends sit around tables with an array of dishes spread before them. The combined aroma of coriander and lemon grass envelopes the room. But there is one noticeable difference between a Javanese restaurant and Blauw; the interior is slicker!

Blauw is the best Indonesian restaurant in the city offering the Rice Tableperfect combination of style, authenticity and traditions in a modern setting. The evening always begins with a member of staff taking a snapshot of guests around their dining table. The photos are shared on their website for all to see. Check out our group photo, not necessarily our ‘best-sides’ but it’s all about capturing the experience, right?

The appeal of Blauw’s food goes beyond taste as presentation plays a key role. Chef Agus Hermawan and his kitchen brigade artistically present your order in a fleet of boats filled with Indonesian specialities; you can choose either vegetarian, meat or fish (8 dishes per person) accompanied with white rice. Everything is served simultaneously at the table, where the Waiter then proceeds to explain the ingredients of each dish, and only then, when he leaves the spotlight, can the feast begin.

fleet of food boatsThis particular Indonesian dining experience traditionally known as a rijsttafel (translates into rice table) gets its heritage from the Dutch colonialism era in Indonesia. If you’re not sure about Indonesian food, the rijsttafel is the perfect introduction to this taste sensation and Blauw for sure is the best place to do it.

I love sharing travel stories and especially anything to do with food! What’s the most exotic food you’ve tried? Tell me about it in the comment box below, and I will take on a personal challenge to find a restaurant in Amsterdam that serves the same dish and try it! My adopted home, after all, is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, when it comes to cuisine.

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