August 22, 2014


I stopped by for my first dinner at the newly-opened Makan in Decatur. I had visited a couple of the Makan pop-ups at Parker's back in May, but this was my first visit for dinner at their cool space adjacent to the Marriot Courtyard on the square. Makan is doing Asian comfort food, a mix of Taiwainese, Korean, and Chinese, with a commitment to locally-sourced, quality ingredients.
There are some interesting cocktail options, as well as a good selection of local and craft beers. The Shiso Fresh and So Clean above is a refreshing mix of gin and house made shiso syrup with a mint float.
After a few items off the banchan cart, including tasty pork jowl, and refreshing tofu with mint and parsley, we started with a couple of pork buns. The belly was nicely crisped on the outside and metly and fatty on the inside. Decent buns, too. A good rendition.
Makan's KFC, the Wednesday-night-only special Korean Fried Chicken. Air dried and fried to ultra-crispy, and drenched in sweet, spicy, sticky sauce. I definitely got some ginger, fish sauce, and Korean spice in that sauce. I'd eat these again.
Ramyun, Korean-style ramen with overnight pork broth. The ramyun has rich, fatty broth with a lot of depth and a saltiness that hits just at that point where it's almost too much, but is actually perfect (as David Chang might say). The slurp-worthy noodles are from the renowned Sun Noodle Company in NYC. The poached garlic and kimchi (served on the side) are nice additions to a solid bowl of ramyun that I can see myself eating a lot more of as we leave the sweaty southern summer behind.
Sesame balls for dessert. Like sesame beignets with red bean core, served hot they go really well with the black sesame gelato (no picture). I enjoyed my meal at Makan, and I really like the two guys at the helm of the restaurant. I hope they continue to develop and refine the menu and become a fixture on the square as their food fits a niche that Decatur needs.

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