Steph L. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Monday, 23 February 2015 12:44
Delicious typical Javanese dishes
A friend had recommended this place to my husband and I last summer when we were traveling through Europe, but unfortunately we couldn't make it.
Flash forward to a couple days ago, we finally made it to the Promise Land! They didn't take reservations when we called so went straight there. We had a party of four and there was a line out the door, but the server told us that we would only have to wait 15 minutes. We walked about the neighborhood and came back in 15 minutes but our table wasn't ready yet. Our server had explained to us that it was taking a little longer because there were kids at the table, which was fine with us. He periodically checked in with us outside to let us know when it would be ready.
Since it was all of our first times having Javanese/Surinamese food, we order from the part of the menu labeled "Delicious typical Javanese dishes". It seemed to be combo plates that allowed you to try a little bit of everything. Two of us ordered the Javanese Rames and the other two ordered the Spang Makandra Special. They were both really delicious, but since they ran out of eggs for the Special, they gave us extra chicken. My husband and I also tried the Dawet - a refreshing sweet blended pink coconut drink.
I can't wait to go back again and try the other things!
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:34
Gisteren voor het eerst geweest en was best onder de indruk. Hier en daar dient er wat onderhoud aan het interieur gedaan worden maar dat mag de pret niet drukken.
Heerlijke Roti kip (bot) gegeten, ben nog aan het na genieten. Bakabanana met sateh sauce was lekkerrrr.
Zeer fijne en vlotte bediening, wat is toch fijn als iemand lacht als je binnen komt en dat zo maar in the midlle of Amsterdam.
Ga zeker nog vaker terug komen
Sunday, 13 October 2013 09:46 | Netherlands
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Sunday, 13 October 2013 08:36 | Netherlands
Come visit Spang Makandra, a super delicious Surinamese-Javanese restaurant that is one of our favorites in Amsterdam. The portions are very generous and the prices are very reasonable. What's not to love?
We take all of our out-of-town visitors to this restaurant to try Surinamese-Javanese food for the first time. They all rave about it and then ask to return multiple times during their visit. The food is simple, tasty and just exotic enough to be exciting without being overly spicy or unusual for picky eaters. A real crowd pleaser!
Choose nasi (rice), bami (noodles) or tjauwmin (skinny noodles) and then the main dish of your choice. Favorites include the beef rendang and roast chicken, as well as the roti and special combo meals. Meat eaters and vegetarians will all find something to love. Be sure not to miss the saoto ayam, a delicious chicken soup that satisfies the soul. Some say Spang Makandra makes the best version they have ever had outside of Indonesia.
Unfamiliar with the food of Suriname and Java?
Surinamese cuisine has been influenced by the mixing of many cultures including South American, African, Indian, Chinese, Dutch and Indonesian. For a taste of Suriname, try the roti or the broodje pom. Javanese cuisine shares much in common with the rest of Indonesia, but is typically sweeter due to the use of ketjap manis and palm sugar. To sample typical Javanese dishes, order the sate, the saoto ayam or a tempeh dish. Spang Makandra also serves other Indonesian dishes as well. In fact several of the meals are a mouthwatering mix of tastes and techniques from Suriname, Indonesia, and Java.
A few caveats: the original Spang Makandra location in De Pijp is a small place and very popular, and they do not take reservations. Try to arrive early to get in line for a table, or visit on a weekday for a shorter wait. Or just stop by one of their other new locations!
Also note that the restaurant is halal, which means no beer or wine for those of you who like to party. Try a coconut or mango juice with dinner and then head to a nearby bar afterward to satisfy any boozey desires.
Sunday, 13 October 2013 08:27
“Excellent Surinamese cuisine.”
We wanted to try Surinamese cuisine and the Concierge at our hotel recommended the Spang Makandra.
It is a very small restaurant and there is no menu in English. However the staff spoke good English and were able to recommend some very interesting Surinamese dishes to share.
The food was excellent and the service provided by the friendly staff was quick and efficient.
If you arrive at the restaurant and there is no table available, it is worth having a seat on the pavement outside the restaurant if you want to sample some really good food.
No alcohol is served in this restaurant and the food is halal and is cooked fresh to order.
Definitely worth a visit if you want to try Surinamese cuisine.
Sunday, 13 October 2013 08:25
“Good neighbourhood restaurant with friendly service”
Stopped at Warung Spang Makandra on our way into town walking from Apollolaan. Unplanned, but we liked the look of it from outside - unpretentious and with a small queue outside already at 6.30pm on a Saturday night. Was busy, but just a 15min wait for a table after going inside to leave our names.
Good, informal atmosphere with tables close together, so good for people who are happy to interact with their fellow diners. Menu in Dutch, but waiters all spoke English and happy to recommend dishes - we started with a salted fish on cassava starter, then had the Indonesian noodles and Spang Makandra Special - a good option if you'd like to try a few different things..
Lots of people came in to pick up take-away orders while we were eating, so as other reviews say, this seems to be a popular neighbourhood restaurant.
Good value for money, with mains 8-10 EUR. It's a halal restaurant, so no alcohol is served, but there are a good selection of soft drinks available.
Sunday, 13 October 2013 08:24
“Delicious and great value”
Our meal at this small restaurant was simply delicious.It was filled with young people out for a tasty and inexpensive meal. The menu is in Dutch but no worries the pleasant and helpful server translated items on the menu and made a great recommendation. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The restaurant is Hallal so alcohol is not served. Our dinner for 2 was 19 euros. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
Sunday, 13 October 2013 08:22
“Cheap, cheerful, and great value”
This place seems to be a neighbourhood favourite for local students, probably because it combines great value with great food. It was a cold night in March when we visited, and the fact that the tables are crammed in wasn't a problem as it kept the place warm and cosy. But don't go here if you want a private conversation with your dining partners.
We had chicken satay, huge pieces of well cooked chicken breast in a spicy peanut sauce, and beef curry which came with rice and green beans, not too hot, just well spiced. But the favourite for both of us were the spare ribs, fairly sure they were beef, in a delicious sticky sauce, beautifully cooked. The service was slightly chaotic but this wasn't a problem. Even if you're not staying in De Pijp it's worth a visit as the 16 and 24 tram stop at Albert Cuyp Market is about 20 yards round the corner.
Monday, 15 July 2013 07:19
Petjel was erg peper baja.
Maar hoezo jammer dat je open bent gegaan tijdens Ramadan?
Richt u zich nu alleen op de islambewoners van Damsko?
Ik ben juist blij dat er nu een su-javaans eethuis is.
Laten we niet meteen doen met het religieus imperialsme.
En zeker niet in de keuken.
Het kan zo mn eetlust bederven.
Brasa nanga bosi.
Julia S. from Yelp
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 13:39 | Indonesia
Thanks, Yelp. Don't think there's any way we would have found this place without you.
My husband and I just ate a late weekday lunch here and were pretty blown away. Everything we ate was delicious. Now, just don't ask us what we ate, exactly. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there is no English menu - which only makes me like the place more. But the owner's son walked us through most of it in pain-staking detail and made some recommendations.
We ordered a chicken soup to start and a fried banana with peanut sauce. Both were great. I had a cold when I was there, so just the tiniest dab of the yellow curry sauce from the little silver pots was enough to turn the soup into a sinus clearer.
Then we each ordered a different sampler plate. Mine involved a mountain of fried rice big enough to serve a small family, some noodles, chicken, a little dumpling that might have been potatoes, chicken satay and possibly other things I've forgotten. My husband's had some kind of coconut beef stew, plain rice, fried tofu and other stuff I didn't notice because I was too busy eating mine and making sure he didn't get any.
Side note: there was a guy in there when we were visiting, an Englishman who now lives in NYC and who last ate there 10 years ago when the server's father was still running the business. As soon as he was back in Amsterdam, this was the first place he came back to eat. He told the owner's son he'd back to eat every day. I'm pretty sure he meant it. I figure if a restaurant stays in someone's mind - not to mention in business - for a decade, it's probably something pretty special.