Krakatoa is Yorkshire's only Indonesian restaurant, serving authentic Indonesian dishes from all over the archipelago. The food is authentically spiced too, with a broad range of dishes to suit all tastes. The Head Chef and restaurant owner, Deeche, is from Java, although her family hails from the Maluku Islands, specifically Ambon. Ambon was the centre of the Dutch administration for the region during the colonial era. Despite being diminutive in size the Maluku Islands hold a special place in world trade history because this area monopolised the production of the best spices, such as nutmeg, mace, and cloves. Fortunes were made and lost in what came to be known as the Spice Islands. So the family connection to food and spices is a long and familiar one. The wall mural is based on a batik design and this gives the venue a homely, welcoming feel. The paintings, drawings, and photographs on display in the restaurant were all either created in Indonesia or were inspired by the artist's time there. Krakatoa is an interesting and relaxing space where to enjoy a taste of the tropics. The restaurant is just 2 minutes walk from the railway station and 5 minutes walk from York Minster, located in a beautifully secluded spot with fantastic views of the old railway station and the Cedar Court Grand Hotel.