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  • “For about a fiver, you can get a serious meal instantly and it's some of the best food (Malaysian) in the 'hood.” in 3 reviews

  • “Pair that with Singapore laska, egg fried rice, a few curry puffs and a sweetcorn fritter or bhaji?” in 3 reviews

  • “There is also great selection of starters- chicken puffs, crab claws, samosas and spicy crackers.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    2/3/2011

    My favourite take away in 'The 'Bello'. Yes, they do use magic boxes to re-heat the food but nevertheless Makan is still the daddy!
    With my lady being a veggie and me a carnivore, we usually sample just about everything on offer which is 9 times out of 10 spot on.
    Everywhere has an occasional blip, which in their case is if it's late and food is running low and may be a little dry but wow, the chicken IS finger lickin' and the dumplings are heaven, although not good if you're trying to shed a few of those extra winter pounds!
    Polite staff and management too.
    Average spend about a tenner for two huge mountains of food, which when compared to CrapDonalds and the like, this is for me the best way to part with ten of the Queens pounds.
    Mmmmmm, dumpings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/12/2009
    1 check-in

    Question: Is there anything better than amazing Malaysian food?
    Answer: Yes. Amazing Malaysian food for under a fiver.

    I won't name names, but seems that London restaurateurs have a penchant for taking classically cheap cheap cheap street food and poshing it out in some fancy warehouse space with expensive market trend analyzed decor and painfully overplayed menus.  Let's be real -- you're not paying for the food, you're paying for the "authentic" atmosphere... of central London.

    Blah blah... The food here at Makan is far more authentic and delicious than any you'll find tucked into the "shady" streets of Mayfair, Park Lane or Belgravia, and the cheap prices reflect that.

    Their noodle selection is literally drool-worthy with char kway teow, mee goreng, mee hoon goreng... Mmmmmmm! Pair that with Singapore laska, egg fried rice, a few curry puffs and a sweetcorn fritter or bhaji? Heaven.

    Next time you're stall-gazing at Portobello Market, pop in for a large vegetarian combo to take away with the option of rice or noodles and three vegetable dishes for £4.40. Seriously, this place can't be beat!

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/2/2011

    My go-to to-go lunch spot!  If I'm really hungry, their mixed platters are perfect!  For about a fiver, you can get a serious meal instantly and it's some of the best food (Malaysian) in the 'hood.  You can be healthy here or totally indulge.

    I typically take away my food here, but you can also have a quick dine-in meal and walk away totally satisfied.  The place is not trying too hard, but it isn't a hole in the wall either.  It's just a simple place with good, cheap food.  Why wouldn't someone like it here.

    I've never been for dinner, but I assume it's about the same: a yummy, filling, cheap meal!

    Hugely recommended.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/10/2013
    1 check-in

    I like this restaurant, not for a cafe. I had Mee Goren(Noodle) It is thin noddle and its fried. a little bit spicy but not too much for me. I love to go again definitely!!!!

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/4/2011

    Not sure if I quite get it? My noodle soup was okay, my mum's sizzling noodle dish looked... okay. The atmosphere was rubbish, I felt like I was eating outside...

    I'm giving it 3 stars because I think maybe I should have chosen from the pre-cooked items, the chicken and the curry puffs looked pretty good and the teh tarik was delicious. Also, I don't think I could ever 2 star a Malaysian street food restaurant in London.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/11/2008
    First to Review

    I LOVE LOVE Makan- after a day strolling through Portobello market  there's nothing better than sitting down to a tasty plate of Malaysian cooking.

    For only £4.95 choose two dishes with either rice or noodles- the spicy red chicken and chilli chickpeas are my favourites. There is also great selection of starters- chicken puffs, crab claws, samosas and spicy crackers.

    Makan is a no frills eating venue but the food never disappoints.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/11/2008

    For the best banana dumplings in town head to Makan Malaysian restaurant opposite Portobello market.

    The food is cheap and tasty, under a fiver for curry and rice,  and a refreshing change from the many Thai restaurants that seem to populate the Notting Hill area. Choose from chicken, lamb or fish or from the many vegetarian dishes available.

    There is also a great selection of Malaysian cakes and freshly ground coffee. A great place to sit and watch the busy and colourful market opposite whilst you eat.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/4/2009
    3 check-ins

    Wonderful friendly local little malaysian cafe. They've been here as long as I can remember but they are as consistent now as they were 10 years ago. Wonderful Roti Canai & Curry Puffs.  The best food is made to order from the menu on the wall above the service area, though you can't go wrong with any dishes here.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/12/2011
    1 check-in

    Food here is very authentic and presentable! Not to mention affordable

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/9/2010

    Sorry, but I can never give a 5 to a place that microwaves.  I selected three tasty veggie dishes from the pre-prepared in front of me.  They were tasty, but not "blow my mind".  Plus the nuker really put me off.  It is a good cheap-eats place, tasty, and great if you are with a veggie friend.  And you got to like ya some rice or noodles, so starch it up (oh did I mention all of the potatoes too?)

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/3/2012

    This place is popular and affordable.  It had a food-court type layout - a big variety of meal options in trays on display, but you can also order directly off a menu on the wall behind the counter.  I got a roti canai and a coke.  It came out quickly and was a tasty lunch.  Good value too.  If we lived close-by, then I would certainly come back here more often.  But I wouldn't make a special trip across town for it.

    • Qype User daniel…
    • London
    • 12 friends
    • 70 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    11/1/2008

    The Makan Cafe on Portobello is another great example of an unprentenious, good quality eaterie on the Portobello Road. The interior is not anyway too fancy, in fact it can look a bit grubby at times. However, with Makan serving a variety of thai dishes, with the main meals consisting of either fish or chicken, it's a healthy alternative to some of the fast food joints (or the more prentenious and expensive restaurants in the local area), Makan is recommended as a enjoyable munch and a welcome relief after a day shopping at Portobello market.

    • Qype User paulma…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 32 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    8/7/2011

    Makan is a lovely eaterie and now run the 'classic cafe' next door which is a Malaysian take on the old english greasy spoon. I wish there was more Malaysian takes ont he old english greasy spoon as it was great! turkey rashers and chicken sausages replace the pork and the tea was a1. Will be back to try the Malaysian breakfasts soon.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/8/2011

    very tasty malaysian food and super cheap! i wandered in on a busy saturday and purchased some curry puffs and crab claws to snack on while we browsed the market. i enjoyed them so much, i came in the next day to try a combo with rice, veggies and chicken pendang. if you choose all vegetarian options, the combo costs about a pound less. minus a star for using a microwave, but i do think one can order freshly prepared items too. i can't wait to try more of the menu, will definitely be back!

    • Qype User ScottB…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 11 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/1/2013

    A very enjoyable meal having spent the day visiting the Portobello Market and finding some gems are great prices. they serve all food from english fry-ups to chicken noodles and lamb and potato curry with rice. They have great variety and at respectable prices.

    • Qype User boshem…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    4/12/2007

    Great little eatery selling authentic Malaysian and Singapore cuisine. Nip in for a bite or to rest your legs after an afternoon shopping at Portobello and enjoy the warm hospitality. The food is authentic and should be a delight to Asians pining for good, homecooked food. Try the Teh Tarik (milk tea) as an alternative to the typical watered down English tea with milk.

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