Open for Dinner Monday to Saturday
The Wajang Doll brings together the far-flung cultures of the former colonial Dutch empire, spanning the East and West Indies, with lush Indonesian food (the only on the island) served inside a modest and well-maintained beachside Caribbean gingerbread-style house. Mixing ornate Javanese shadow puppets, crisp white linens, fresh local flowers, and dark wood chimes all bathed in a subtle and warm candlelit glow, the décor set the tone for a sophisticated experience.
The food, served Rijsttafel-style, features a lush array of 19 dishes, including the simple pisang goreng, a kind of batter-fried plantain, to the curious sambal goreng talur, hard-boiled eggs fried in a spicy red chili, and the sublime prekedel daging, beef meatballs simmered in a sweet soy-based sauce reduced with onion, garlic, and nutmeg.
For the past 25 years, Lembekker, a native of Java, has run the restaurant along with his companion of 35 years, a Dutch-born businessman named Bill Kaate. When the two met, Lembekker was an accountant. We can all be thankful that the two men found each other and created such a treasure on this little island.
Try our gourmet seafood and vegetarian dinner