Cheap & awesome Surinamese-Javanese restaurant
Warung Spang Makandra is located in the De Pijp neighbourhood, super close to the famous Albert Cuypmarkt.
A local Dutch Indonesian friend took me to this Surinamese-Javanese restaurant. It’s one of those places that’s unlikely to pop up in a travel guide, too random for a mainstream publication like Lonely Planet and well not ‘design’ enough for a Wallpaper guide. We went for lunch on the day I was leaving Amsterdam. The space is quite dark and the look of the restaurant is very basic; so it’s not the most aesthetically exciting place in the world but it delivers on food, so I was cool with that.
FOOD & SERVICE
I thought this spot was great and the service was really on point. I had a large plate of fried rice which was veering on the greasy but delicious nonetheless with spiced chicken that fell off the bone and a small side of green beans and a tomato and onion salad. When I head back to Amsterdam I will for sure be hitting up this bad boy again. Note: it’s a halal restaurant, so they don’t serve booze.
It wasn’t very busy when we visited on a Monday afternoon but I expect it picks up in the evenings. It’s got a super relaxed vibe, with locals like my friend who’ve been coming to this restaurant for over 15 years!
C.H.E.A.P. The prices, well in comparison to everywhere else I ate in Amsterdam, was ludicrously cheap at £6 for my very generous portion of rice, chicken and salad.
THE TAKE OUT
Fabulous cheap and cheerful Surinamese-Javanese restaurant
Cost: €15 / £11 tops incl. a beverage!
Address: Gerard Doustraat 39, 1072 VK Amsterdam
Reservations: Don’t think so
Hours: 11am-10pm Mon-Sat and 1:30pm-10pm Sun
Phone: +31(0)20 6705081
LAST VISITED SEPTEMBER 2015
Image from rosiegohres.com