Wherever we go, we are on a continuing quest for Indonesian food (we are foodies). We had read about this restaurant before leaving home, just did not realize it was so very far out of the tourist area. No problems, we rented a cab and it was worth the cab fare. I think the owner was the server that day, and we told her we had come a very long way after hearing about the food, and as always, we were looking for a rijsttafel. She was very accommodating, putting together two huge plates of food for us, with freshly made kropoek besides. The food was delicious. The restaurant is very small, perhaps ten tables, there is outdoor seating, but is is quite hot if you choose to sit outside.
After our delicious meal we asked the owner to call us a cab so we could return to downtown and get back to our ship. The owner told us that it was not necessary to hail an expensive cab, we could walk out to the main road and simply hail a little mini van that would cost around $3.00. Since we did not have any florin, she was very kind and gave us the change we would need to use the little mini vans. You basically stand at the bus stand, these small vans come barreling down the road, you hail them and they screech to a halt. Pay your fare, squeeze in with everyone else in the cab, and be prepared for a hot, bumpy, but cheap ride.
On a side note, the restaurant is at the end of a very small indoor, air conditioned mall that was filled with Dutch shops, including a Dutch book store and Da, a drug store chain in The Netherlands similar to our CVS. They sell "dropje", Dutch licorice there. It is a nice place to go if you want to get away from the touristy side of the island for a little while.
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