As soon as we got to the restaurant, there was already a queue of people waiting to snag a table at this tiny restaurant with only about 7 tables.
On the menu are rice and noodle dishes, soups, sandwiches and roti. Unfortunately, that's all I understood since there were no menus in English - only French, Dutch, and German. The prices on the menu ranged from 4€ to 10€. Our waiter didn't speak much English either, so we tried our best to ask for his recommendation, and he pointed us to the Javanese Rames for 8.50€. Javanese Rames is a Javanese version of the Indonesian "rice table" (aka Rijsttafel - referenced in my previous review of Indonesian food) or Nasi Rames.
At Spang Makandra, Javanese Rames consists of noodles, rice, vegetables (tomato, cucumber and onion), chicken satay over a peanut sauce, a beef stew, and chicken stew. All were absolutely delicious and flavorful. Oh how I yearn to have a plate now.
To drink, we had a ginger drink called Gingabirie D'Leon which isn't as intense as ginger beer, as how it sounds, but more like a ginger ale with light carbonation. They have other beverages as well, like Coconut Juice, which I had and paired wonderfully with the food.
If you're in the area, I highly recommend coming here. If you do go, let me know what you think.
Gerard Doustraat 39
1072 VK Amsterdam
Tel: 020 6705081
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 1pm to 10pm