Indonesian restaurants in Paris
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One of a couple of Indonesian restaurants in Paris, this well-established eatery, around for more than 25 years, has all the old favourites, from an elaborate, nine-dish rijstafel (rice with side dishes) to lumpia (a type of spring roll), rendang (spicy beef or chicken curry) and gado-gado (vegetable salad with spicy peanut sauce; €6). Numerous menus are available at lunch and dinner. Traditional décor, incense and the gentle rhythm of the gamelan orchestra create a convincing atmosphere. Balinese dancers dance some Friday evenings.
OK, it might look like Hollywood’s idea of an Indonesian restaurant with all those Balinese handicrafts adorning the walls, but this is the real thing, run by the progeny of an Indonesian diplomat exiled when President Sukarno was overthrown in 1967.
If you think you can handle it, order one of four rijstafels (Dutch for ‘rice table’) – a seemingly endless feast of seven to 10 courses. Those with nut allergies beware: peanuts appear in many dishes.