COOKING AFTER BOOKING
Forget most things you know about restaurants, because theSawah is our private home. It is like having lunch or dinner at your friends' romantic tropical place. Book in time (to be sure: 1 day in advance) and together with our staff we will pamper your taste buds. Our authentic Javanese ‘rijsttafel’ is the signature menu that we will serve. It established our reputation as one of the best restaurants in Yogyakarta. Apart from the food you will enjoy the green setting and the personal approach, including a tour through our home and garden.
‘Rijsttafel’ is a Dutch name for Indonesian food: rice table, rice sampler. In the colonial past wealthy Dutchies wished to impress their weekend guests and requested their staff to cook ‘everything’. The result: big buffets with 20-30 Javanese dishes. The contemporary version is much more compact, but still big: 9-10 dishes around a bowl of yellow rice. This main dish is preceded by a local starter (usually Javanese chicken soup ‘soto ayam’) and a local fruit dish completes the dinner, together with Javanese herbal tea, funny nicknamed ‘garbage drink’.
WHAT WILL WE EAT?
Indonesians do miracles with vegetables, fruits, spices. In the rijsttafel as well. There will be boiled tofu, tempe (fried tofu), sayur lodeh (pumpkin curry), urap (carrots & beans with shredded coconut), corn cakes and others. Upon request the local specialty can be added: gudeg, cooked young jackfruit. But usually we include meat as well: chicken in the starter; beef rendang & chicken sate in the main dish. Please inform us upon booking if you want to exclude anything.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
TripAdvisor awarded theSawah its Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2016. In TripAdvisor's ranking theSawah is always in the top 5 of 800+ restaurants in Yogya. Click the logo for more information and reviews. And once you have been here: new 5 star reviews will be highly appreciated, of course ;-)
A sawah is a rice field. So theSawah can be found amidst green rice and sugar cane fields. Just outside the romantic pottery village of Kasongan, south of Yogya. Our home has a quiet tropical ambience, an elegant dining room and the garden terrace Ruimzicht ('wide view'). We speak Indonesian, English, Dutch, German, French and some Spanish.
By taxi it takes around 20-25 minutes from the city centre to theSawah. See the map and if you wish: print the driving instructions on the right. Some taxi drivers offer to wait here for you for a moderate fee - in that case we offer them a drink and snack on the back terrace. But if you prefer we call a fresh cab 15 minutes before you want to depart.
We are not always open but very flexible and try to fulfil every request. We serve lunches and dinners for 2-25 people, but can also cater for buffet parties, birthday celebrations and business gatherings up to 30-40 people. Our elegant dining room can also be used for workshops and meetings, including drinks, snacks, meals. When we (Phillip and Wim) are traveling, our staff can still prepare the same excellent Indonesian rijsttafel.
A dinner guest suggested us to join the well-known AirBnB booking site. We will be pleased to host 2 pax in our comfortable Guest Room or incidentally 2-4 pax in our spacious Master Bedroom. Click the logo for more information and reviews. We can guarantee a comfortable, relaxed stay and a warm personal approach.