£ — 8/10

I recently decided to venture West for a weekend exploration of Portobello Road/Notting Hill. Notting Hill is one of my favourite areas in London. The charm of Portobello Road lined with vintage stores and street food pleases everyone who passes through. I find that Notting Hill is always extremely busy with tourists and locals alike, overflowing with people desperate for that perfect instagram photo featuring the colourful houses. I, too, am guilty of this crime. I walked down Portobello Road starting from Notting Hill station, past Farm Girl café, also one of my loved brunch spots. I passed the vintage stores and the outdoor summer market. At the end of Portobello Road, I came across Makan Restaurant, a Malaysian joint serving traditional street-food in a ‘no-frills’ cafe.

As much as I do appreciate beautiful decor, I also appreciate really appreciate good food. I had a recommendation for this cafe and so already had very high expectations. I ordered a lamb curry and Mohamed ordered a Thai green curry, both with rice. The meat was tender and slid off the bone with ease. I was pleasantly surprised at hoe ‘homey’ this food felt and tasted. Coming from an Ethiopian household, curries are commonplace and eating at Makan felt very comfortable. Portion size was really generous, especially considering the low cost.

They also serve a halal full English (all-day I’m told) – I will be going back for that for sure.

The restaurant itself is very simple and basic. Old wooden tables with the Malay flag hug around the room.

Malaysia has been on my travel wish list for a very long time, mostly to experience the street food.

Overall, I would highly recommend dining at Makan’s for a casual meal if in the area. Makan’s would be great for a quick bite or takeaway as opposed to a fancy sit-down meal.

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