Taiyo Ramen, Decatur’s hidden culinary gem

December 6, 2017

Taiyo Ramen is one of Downtown Decatur’s hidden gems. Formerly known as MAKAN, the Japanese restaurant opened in 2014 and its unique spin on its food makes it a trendy staple in Decatur’s food culture.

Taiyo’s location in the lobby of the Marriott Courtyard makes it a convenient stop near the Decatur Square. When customers enter, they find a sleek and sophisticated ambience with a touch of fine dining. The walls, decorated in ornate Japanese-style artwork, seem to belong in the middle of a museum instead of a restaurant. The restaurant offers ample seating both inside and outside, making the guests feel welcome and giving them space to enjoy a good meal.

The menu features a wide selection of food priced to accommodate any budget. There’s something for everyone, even vegetarians and picky eaters.

While some customers opt for a simple dish like the chilled soba salad, one of the most popular dishes are the Ramen bowls. The dish features house-made noodles and traditional Japanese-style broth.

Infographic by Chenoa Tyehimba

The freshness of the food gives Taiyo the authenticity that defines the menu. Most of the ingredients are , local and seasonal.

The pork belly roll, for example, is a delicious combination of sweet and savory with pecan sugar and pickled red onions topping locally-sourced slow roasted pork. The highly-recommended pork shio bowl is delectable, with rich chicken broth complemented by hearty, smoky slices of pork belly and soft-boiled eggs.

In addition to tasty entrees, the service is beyond outstanding. The waiting staff is attentive, extremely knowledgeable about menu items and very accommodating. This makes up for the disappointment customers might feel when they realize dessert is missing from the menu, but who needs something sweet when there’s delicious food and amazing service?

Taiyo isn’t just tasty food; it’s a memorable experience for the entire family. Despite its few drawbacks, Taiyo’s top-notch service and memorable twist to Asian food are a winning combination.

Contact the writer, Chenoa Tyehimba, at [email protected]

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