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Dinner and Rijsttafel

My husband and I are spending a week in and around Amsterdam in April, and we'd appreciate some suggestions for dinners, particularly rijsttafel. Since we've never heard of it before researching we would like to know what to expect as far as quantity and spiciness of the food. Other suggestions for food and restaurants would be great too!

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@derek ... we're going this year same time as you did last year (mid April) ... didn't see mention in your trip report about the weather, how was it? ... wet? cold? windy? ... I realize one can't predict weather that far out and I've seen the historical averages, just wanted to get someone's actual experience so we can take under advisement ... I just want a nice sunny warm day when we go to Keukenhof ... thanks.

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WE did rijssttafel years ago at Kantjil et Tijgre (sp?) and one thing that stood out (and was true at another restaurant years later) is that when you have so many dishes, there are a lot of cheap cabbagy dishes -- quantity over quality. On a later visit we ordered the half dozen things we really liked the first time and that was much better. Unfortunately many restaurants that specialize in. rijsstafel make the pricing structure such that a la carte is much more expensive. These places make their money on huge quantities of cheap bulky food. I don't have a big appetite so I really would like to have less but more exquisite food.

We have friends that want to do a rice table this spring so are also interested in recommendations for a really good one.

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To answer your weather question. We had both sunshine and rainy days. Luckily the day we went to Keukenhof was sunshine, but we had one day of pouring rain. So pack for both, wear layers. Even in the sunshine, It was cool weather in April, not hot at all.

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to @janettravels44:

for our rijsttafel, We ate at Long Pura. (link) It had good TripAdvisor reviews, that's why we picked it. It was very good, reasonably priced and for us, it was in a good location in the Jordaan neighborhood near our accommodations. Reservations required.