Category: Food & Drink

From Sumptuous to Simple, Classy to Rustic : Three Restaurants to fit any Budget in Surabaya

Food is more than just sustenance to keep us alive. Many people like to follow the latest food trends and visit trendy restaurants and cafés, and generally they choose...

Gluten Free – What’s It All About?

When my young daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of ten, I had to learn all about gluten. The test to diagnose the disease was in itself a major...

L’Ambiente Perfetto

Anyone who has ever travelled to Italy knows how genuinely passionate Italians are about their food. Each region has specific ways of cooking and seasoning, and their...

The Betawi – A Look at the History, Culture and Cuisine

Nowadays Kemang is a favourite residential area of foreigners, and a trendy hangout hotspot with a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafés. Not so long ago it was a...

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...

Chef Matias Ayala, Executive Chef of the Raffles Hotel Jakarta

The Raffles Jakarta’s name is synonymous with elegance, luxury and refinement when it comes to the hotel experience and fine dining in Indonesia’s capital. Indonesia...

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...

Ten Most Unique East Javan Eats

Indonesia Expat and Singapore National Academy are joining forces to provide insightful articles on Surabaya. The young, student journalists in the SNA Media Club get to...

Alternative Weekend Brunches

Sick of the hedonistic hotel brunches where you feel the need to spend hours on the treadmill to work off the gluttony during the week? Is “international food”...

Two is Better than One at Up in Smoke and One Eyed Jack

Modern dining is taken to the next level as two fabulous restaurants are combined in one expansive space to transport diners into another realm of good eats. This unique...

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...

Live Well, Eat Well with Indonesia’s Top Foods

For the newly arrived, Indonesian cuisine can be both the most exciting and bewildering aspect of relocation. Unlike other Southeast Asian countries, especially Thailand...