This busy but relaxed neighborhood restaurant acts as a not-too-adventurous "Intro to Indo" course. Since 1969, Sama Sebo has gained nearly institution status by dishing out rijsttafel, a feast with myriad exotically spiced small dishes, in an atmosphere characteristically enhanced by bamboo walls, miniature wood "spirit houses," and 19th-century-style lamps. During lunch they serve simpler dishes: bami goreng (spicy fried noodles with vegetables or meat)
and nasi goreng (the same, but with rice instead of noodles). At the bar, you can wait for your table while having a beer and getting to know the regulars.
Oct 20, 2003
Great atmosphere, very helpful staff (they obviously want you to have a good evening) but somehow the food seems boring. The rijsttafel set menu is cheap enough at 25 euros each but nothing blows you away and by the time you've finished no one dish is memorable. Maybe I missed the point.
Aug 27, 2001
This was my first trip to Amsterdam and my first Indonesian meal. Sama Sebo's rijsttafel (rice table) was fantastic. I was embarassed by the amount of food in front of me, but it was delicious.