Delicious Indonesian fare. Generous family runs it. Traditional part of the menu is really neat. Tea comes in an unusual box (like an American child's juice-box) but is actually refreshing. Fish and stir-fry chicken & shrimp was yummy. Must try the yellow coconut rice, sweet soy sauce and fritters snack. Proceed with caution on the spiciness. Sad the Javanese beef stew wasn't available. Enjoy.
It's truly a great place to eat. The food is pricey but understandable, Indonesian cuisine use more spices than Chinese or Vietnamese. The place is small but it has a nice ambiance. The food is amazing and the owner is kind and friendly. Definitely worth to try and to come back.
My first time trying Indonesian food and it was amazing! Food next level delicious, I was really impressed by the presentation. The staff was very nice and welcome, and the decor of this place is beautiful. Will come back for sure!
DELICIOUS food here! Big dinner options, but also small plate options. Very affordable items, but then it's easy to rack up a larger bill because they're so inexpensive, so be mindful of that. BYOB. Great, friendly service. Highly recommended!
I took my family and girlfriend (group of 6) out to Rickshaw Republic, and overall had a great experience. We opted for the Premium Rijsttafel (rice table), the upgraded version of their tasting menu. All of the food was delicious, and we were particularly fans of the coconut rice and the chicken satay. Only downside is that I found it to be a bit pricey ($35 per head) for the quantity of food provided. Overall, we enjoyed the experience and would certainly consider going back another time the family is in town.
I've been here several times. I agree with most of the reviews - the portions are small, the plates are expensive, this isn't exactly in the spirit of "street" food. However, I know people that love this place, so once again, I found myself here. The restaurant was given advanced notice of our arrival - 13 people. We were told they don't make reservations, they might split us up to seat us - fine. We like to go with the flow, whatever, no big deal. We arrived at 7:30pm, told him we were with the "big" group. Again, we were told they were going to split us up, we were cool with that. The host pointed out the areas (all empty tables) he was going to seat us at, but then told us we'd need to wait for 2 other diners to finish eating before we could sit. He had us all mill around the "bar" area with menus, but no attempt to offer us any chance to order anything. Fine, it's your restaurant - but sitting around for 40 minutes without even offering me a water? Finally, they were done eating, paid, and left and we were told 7 of us could go sit at the empty table in the back they had set up for us when we arrived. A waiter approached and we all eagerly put in our orders. Shortly he came back to let me know the kitchen wasn't making the item I ordered. - I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Sorry Rickshaw Republic, I won't be back. 3 strikes, you're out.
Perfectly authentic Indonesian taste. A bit expensive but worth a visit to enjoy the Indonesian cuisine. Almost everything can be substituted for vegan food. So vegetarians can equally enjoy the meals.
I liked eating here. The decor is very nice, and the staff were attentive and friendly. The restaurant is vegan - friendly ; some of the menu items are already vegan, and others can be made vegan with substitutions. The food is quite tasty, too. This would make a great date spot.
What a nice surprise. It's a really charmingly decorated place. The noodle dish I had was excellent, there was live traditional music, and the staff was pleasant and helpful. They have Rijsttafel, the many-tiny-dishes "rice table" menu which I had once in Amsterdam. I'll try that next time. Oscar (owner?) was happy to talk about the dishes and seemed to be very happy I enjoyed the meal.. Looking forward to going back soon.
Good food, but waaaaay too pricey. I ordered the nasi goreng and rendang and the flavor was reasonably close to what I experienced in Jakarta. However it's an oxymoron to call $19 rendang or an $18 plate of fried rice "street food" with no sides even included. If we compare to other SE Asian fare (Thai, Vietnam), it's priced 50% too high.
Outstanding food, service and ambiance! Food is so interesting and fun - try the prix fixed if you’re new; you’ll get a little bit of everything! Our server Eric was especially friendly and gave great suggestions - made it a breeze for those with gluten issues. Hot ginger tea, wings, beef stew special and cabbage appetizer are some of our favorites!
It looks like we missed on something this restaurant. Everything we had (including Ricetaffle) were below average (in comparison with Indonesian food in US: SF, LA and San Diego) and i am not talking about real deal in Yogi or Jockarta. Bland blah mixed with more Chinese blah. 2* for the lovely decor and waiters attitude- both were good. Sorry, we felt a bit mesled by the reviews.
Very good introduction to Indonesian street food. Service was good and I'm glad they suggested the rice table. Not all the dishes were hits and tbh the chicken breast curry was nothing special. But the sambal! It was good and made the whole experience that much better.
I'm really not very adventurous when it comes to ethnic food. Well I was quite pleased with most of the dishes we were served. Don't know if that means it was good or not since I have never eaten Indonesian food before.
I loved loved loved this place. the food was really authentic and it was very cute. they are definitely short on staff though, so you will have to wait or call/ flag the waitress/ check in girl/ billing girl (yes she does it all, im sure shes some kind of superhero) if you want anything. we had the fried potatoes- they arent really all that fried, but man, they are tasty and super spicy. we loved the martabak- very authentic taste, but not as big as the ones you get in singapore/ indonesia. this is definitely an appetizer sized portion. for the main we had the coconut chicken with the caramelized tempeh, theres a good amount of food here, and the chicken is cooked perfectly. We got the black sticky rice and coconut milk for dessert- it comes in a glass which is super interesting and it tastes out of this world. I also got the el chicula- which tastes a lot like falooda if you have had that. I liked it a lot, it tastes exactly as it is descibed on the menu. I would ask for it without ice though, since the ice makes it really watery. I LOVED the decor, they have the masks, the mens hats, the puppets and parasols all on the walls and ceilings. very fun and colourful. This is my new spot to stop by and try something new on the menu each time. I would come here for a fun date, or when I have an indonesian food craving.
I travel coast to coast for business. I have been to all Indonesian restaurants in US and Canada. As a native Indonesian, I can say without a doubt that Rickshaw is THE BEST in the US and Canada, period. I have tried almost everything they have. Every time I visit Chicago, this is the MUST visit restaurant for Indonesian food.
Truly delicious Indonesian food. We've had the Rijsttafel twice already in 6 months. While I have had much spicier Indonesian food (and would prefer it that way), what you get here is flavorful. The decor is gorgeous and well-though out too. There is a free parking garage just steps away, btw. Just north of the restaurant, on the same block.
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