Singapore is full of great Indonesian restaurants, but The Rice Table is a name that stands out from the rest. At this restaurant on Orchard Road, you can experience the tradition of rijsttafel, a colonial feast invented by the Dutch consisting of many Indonesian side dishes served in small portions and accompanied by rice. To guarantee a table at this Orchard gem, booking ahead is definitely recommended!
Indonesian restaurants are a dime a dozen in Singapore, but few places offer a rijsttafel feast like the one you’ll find at The Rice Table on Orchard Road. Invented by the Dutch during the colonial era, rijsttafel (“rice table”) comprises a wonderful spread of Indonesian side dishes served at a single setting, showcasing the abundance of flavours, colours and textures of the cuisine.
The rijsttafel at The Rice Table is available as a buffet, giving you ample time to savour every single dish laid out in front of you. Try the ayam goreng (dory fillets coated in batter, deep-fried and topped with sweet and sour sauce), tahu kuning (deep-fried golden coin egg tofu served in a fragrant turmeric curry sauce) and sambal belacan (water spinach stir-fried in fiery dried shrimp paste) – among the best-loved items here that will have you reaching for seconds. The perfect place for a big, communal meal with family or friends with its traditional decor, warm ambience and great value all-you-can-eat options, The Rice Table draws in diners from all over Singapore to its central location in Orchard. The restaurant is easily accessible by foot from Orchard MRT station and we highly recommend that you reserve a table in advance
The food was yummy and the waiters and waitresses were prompt in serving us. The ambience was good and the service was commendable. Will come again:)
Will definitely come back. very good restaurant, good food and nice staffs.. Thank you. :)
Very good restaurant. will definitely come back. Thank you. :)
Fantastic food, nice ambience, quick service, reasonable price. Will definitely return.
The Rice table is a restaurant we visit already for more than 15 years. We keep coming back on a regular basis, when we lived in Singapore as well as now, after having returned to our home country, when visiting Singapore. We always likes the diversity, variety and quality of all the dishes of the rice table. There is in addition a very nice balance between price and quality. We recommend this restaurant for lunch as well as dinner. For us it is a perfect location when inviting friends or colleagues. Suggestion : When the guests have arrived it would be nice to welcome the guests first at the table, ask for drinks and then start serving the rice table dishes. But having said so, we will be back next time we are visiting Singapore !
I have been a fan of Rice Table for years and the quality is generally consistent. The choice and selections are usually quite complete and there is lots to eat. We almost always replenish every dish, many more than 2 or 3 times. Always excellent are the satay, tahu telor and beef rendang. However this last time the beef was not as tender as usual and the eggplant could have been cooked a little longer. Appreciate that the shrimps they use are not of the frozen variety like most buffets, well at least not on this visit. WE always end up rolling out of the restaurant after the meal and this time was no different. Always a satisfying experience.
I’ve lost count how many times I have dined at The Rice Table. And I’ve never been disappointed. I’ll go back again soon enough!! **The only thing I’d like to see changed is they don’t charge for water. Tap water is fine with many customers!!
An absolute surprise - the food is so different and so amazing. I had Indonesian food before in a big hotel in Singapore and I didn't like it!! Mainly because I can take sweet and meat, and all Indonesian food I had was way too sweet! But Rice Table is so good - I am definitely going to go back there soon! The octopus, the fried chicken wings, the tofu, the beef rendang are second to none.
We had the Dinner Buffet. There were 19-dishes laid out on food warmers just to give the diners an initial sampling. Thereafter you only need to re-order the dishes that appealed more to your taste. The food was flavorful with some sweetness, typical of Indonesian Cuisine. Not overly spicy. Our favorites were the Sayur Lodeh, Satay Ayam, Daging Rendang, Achar Ketimun, Ayam Panggang, and Ikan Goreng. We also had Chendol, both the regular as well as the Durian Chendol. Cosy ambience, attentive staff and good service.
I’ve been to The Rice Table many times and the place never fails my expectations. I do wish however that they would serve water if asked rather than charge $2 for a 600 ml bottle.