New Asian Eatery Makan Coming to Decatur in SpringBy Christopher Hassiotis
January 3, 2014
A new East-Asian restaurant called Makan will open in Decatur this spring. Taking its name from a word that means "eat" and "meal" in several Southeast Asian languages, Makan will draw from the cuisines of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea for its menu, with an emphasis on comfort food. Focusing on fresh, seasonal ingredients, dishes will include pork broth ramen, Taiwanese beef noodle soup, housemade dumplings and kimchi, whole roasted ducks and large-format meal options intended for communal dining.
As for the vibe, executive chef and owner George Yu says it aims to "showcase the flavors and convivial atmosphere of the night markets, noodle shops and street stalls." Le Cordon Bleu-trained Yu, formerly of Fifth Group Restaurants and Ecco, also mentions his grandmother's cooking as an inspiration - and recently posted a Tumblr photo of the Chinese cookbooks (pictured above) his mother passed down to him. "Our team of second generation restaurateurs admires the way great chefs like Roy Choi in LA and David Chang and Dale Talde in NYC are redefining Asian food in America," he says, "and we can't wait to share our food with Atlanta."
Makan will be in the base of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Downtown Decatur. Currently under construction, it was designed by the Square Feet Studio firm, who recently worked on Kimball House and The General Muir. It's expected to open in May.
130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur