The food scene has exploded in Atlanta since I last lived here 10+ years ago, and my calendar is filled with one food festival after another – not that I’m complaining! It’s such a great way to get acquainted with the city again and the many amazing restaurants. Last week, my cousins and I couldn’t wait to attend the ramen fest hosted by Makan, a new modern Asian restaurant in Decatur.
Most of you know my love for ramen (evidence here, here, here, here, and here). I’ve shied away from it since moving back to the US since.. who could do ramen better than Japan? Well, I’m happy to say that although ramen in Atlanta isn’t as steeped in tradition or honed to perfection as in Japan, it’s definitely more innovative and imaginative with unconventional flavors. It’s like coming up for fresh air after a month of eating nothing but your grandmother’s (very tasty) home cooking.
8 different restaurants served up their version of ramen in trial-sized bowls. My favorite was the one from Makan (top photo), served in a flavorful overnight duck broth and served with a tender slice of duck breast. I also loved the one from Victory (below), topped with perfect shiitake mushrooms. Congrats to Makan on such a fun event. I’m sure the next one will be even bigger. Prepare your stomachs!