I understand that a relatively new taste needs some adjustment in north America, but unfortunately Spice Island has taken this idea a few steps too far.
The "rijsttafel" has absolutely no resemblance to the Javanese origin which is a table laden with a special variety of dishes. The tastes are not bad, but not Indonesian. The gado gado was not a gado gado at all. The rendang was good, but why so stingy?
The spiced rice should have been the neutral white rice that would support the tastes of the side dishes.
Luckily the sate was grilled, but the sauce had just a weak resemblance to the taste it should be. Always an indication for the rest to come.
I am familiar with the pretenses of Vancouver restaurants and always very suspicious of all the nice words and recommendations, and again, rightfully so.
The service was actually quite excellent. Very high marks there Thomas! That one doesn't get in Holland, unfortunately, but for its cooking this island would not survive in Indonesia nor in Holland.
No doubt the chef knows how it should be. I don't understand the hesitation to give it your all.