Clandestine Critic

Our Clandestine Critic has dined all over the world, everywhere from three-Michelin starred restaurants in Monaco to street stalls in Shanghai – so this discerning palate has pedigree. The quest for truth and the elimination of mediocrity in Indonesia’s emerging dining scene is finally here!

Do You Yakiniku?

For those of my dear readers who enjoy good food and have limited time to spend watching Netflix, there is a charming series I recommend called Samurai Gourmet. The...

Cuisine so Delightfully Introspective, It’s Hard to Keep Kaum

The Clandestine Critic is back, this time tackling upscale Indonesian dining in the heart of Jakarta. Kaum Restaurant is well-received in cities like Hong Kong, where it...

The Vanguard of the New Southeast Asian Cuisine

  During the Jakarta Culinary Feastival event in November, chefs from around the region were flown in to provide a glimpse into each style of cuisine they...

Almost Midnight in the Cheongdam Garden of Mostly Good and Very Little Evil

I haven’t been out much as work and life sometimes get in the way; also, I usually end up giving up and camping out at home after giving serious consideration to brave...

Back to the Basics with Pokenbir

Dear Readers, Lately, it seems like Jakarta’s restauranteurs are at a loss for new ideas. The market is saturated with the pseudo-modern-French-Asian cuisine, with...

The ABCs of Fine Grilled Meat at AB Steak

AB Steak is a unique Korean-American barbeque concept by renowned chef Akira Back. Although dry-aged steak is the star of the show, the supporting cast of starters and...

La Posta – A Taste of Argentina

On the heels of a month-long eating expedition through Northern Spain, wine tastings through Southern France and a cured meats expedition through Central Italy; this...

Atta Boy, Attarine!

It’s been hard to find a decent casual restaurant that serves food with a bit of finesse. Whether it’s a western-style bistro or an Asian-style café, the food...

Would a Steakhouse by Any Other Name Taste as Good?

Celebrating a wedding anniversary is only as good as the steak upon which the couple dines. At Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Jakarta, the Clandestine Critic seals a...

Not “Amuzed”

Jakarta’s premier special occasion French restaurant misses the mark It is never a good sign when entering an eating establishment at the beginning of dinner service,...

NUSA Gastronomy: A Delicious Journey through the Archipelago

Where modernity and tradition collide in a bountiful and elegant display of unique Indonesian ingredients and regional cuisine. The challenges with modern gastronomy and...

Yeu’s Saigon Cafe: Hello, Vietnam!

Friends near and far know Vietnam and its cuisine hold a special place in my heart. Perhaps it is the abundance and variety of fresh seafood and herbs used. Or, could it...

Smoke and Mirrors at Namaaz Dining

Jakarta’s famed molecular gastronomy restaurant is a whole lot of style over substance. Imagine if your teenaged son was gifted a large chemistry set one day, and...

Basque-ing in Spanish Delights

Our expert epicure continues an undercover operation to bring you the truth about Indonesia’s dining scene. No spoon is left unturned in the quest for honest, balanced...