Risjtaffel is a shared dining experience that dates back to the times when Indonesia came under Dutch colonial rule. The name literally translates as “rice table” and this custom includes many different sampler dishes that can be enjoyed in a single sitting. Risjtaffel was often used during social situations to impress visiting dignitaries with an abundance of exotic food varieties. This type of banquet stood to represent the multi-ethnic character of the Indonesian archipelago.
When Indonesia gained its independence in 1945, this dining tradition all but disappeared as it was deemed an unnecessary extravagance. However, since the 1990’s there has been a revival and the hospitality industry has given risjtaffel a new lease of life. Kayumanis Group has launched this culinary concept at several of its restaurants and it is proving to be the perfect introduction to the diverse flavours of Indonesian cuisine.