Makan

4.7
66 reviews
$40 and under
Indonesian
Makan is an Indonesian restaurant in the heart of Melbourne CBD by Tasia & Gracia Seger, the winner of television cooking show My Kitchen Rules 2016.

The word Makan in Indonesian simply means eat. It's also used as a salutation or invitation to eat.

Makan celebrates the different elements Indonesian cuisine; a fusion of vibrant, colourful ingredients, intensely flavoured dishes, and the people who come together and share it. With a warm ambiance creating an intimate retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD, Makan is an exciting discovery of tempting flavours and a contemporary take on authentic dishes.

Experiences

  • Makan Time

    A$59.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    $59 per person which include small plates, larger plates and sides to share
  • Makan time with Dessert

    A$65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    $65 per person which include small plates, larger plates and sides to share with dessert.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 66 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
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Nurul
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A modern twist of traditional Indonesian food. Great food and ambience.

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Sammy
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The dinner was very rushed.
Didn’t have time to order dessert

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odunkz
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Makan has been a fool proof choice for any occasions. I literally had Makan for birthdays (mine and my friend), just a casual night out with office mates, and dates (never failed!). The ambiance is definitely modern, almost cold in my opinion but once you are engaging with ANY of the floor staff, that warm hospitality is definitely overflowed the coldness of the interior.

The food is definitely amazing and authentic. As an Indonesian myself, I would say their food really hits the spot.
- the ayam taliwang (chicken wings) is a very good starter as it sure is packing a punch of flavours,
- the gado-gado (steamed veggies with peanut sauce) is very close to home, it taste like the one you'll get from the local street food (and that is very hard to get from a more 'upscale establishment, usually),
- their bebek goreng (crispy duck) is definitely tender and very well seasoned to the core,
- and ofcourse their nasi goreng (fried rice) offers you a specific wok based food that you can find in Indonesian street food.
- if you're more into a gentler flavor but still very wholesome, try the lawar (steamed veggies, dessicated coconut, with spices), its honestly my personal favourite.
- And if you're in the mood fo doing something something meatier. their iga bakar (grilled ribs) are definitely a go to.
-their repertoire of sambals, also taste very distinct to one another, be careful for those who ahs low tolerance to spicy food, you might want to steer away from the sambal terasi

the cherry on top for me would be their cocktails and dessert. I always start with negroni, and ends it with their cendol panna cotta. do yourself a favour and book yourself in SOON. :)

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MaxPax
2 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service would really recommend this restaurant. Great Indonesian food with a contemporary twist.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, super friendly service. Great ambiance including background music. Fantastic place for all occasions.

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PaulaH
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Makan. The food was absolutely amazing. We weren’t sure what to order so we went with a banquet of the chef’s recommendations and we were not disappointed. We sampled a range of different menu items and each of the dishes was delicious. We will highly recommend Makan to our friends and plan to eat there again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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Unrhyll
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our experience at Makan. The food and cocktails were excellent and the service was efficient and friendly. The music wasn't too loud (and they obviously have good sound proofing) so we could hear ourselves talk over a great music playlist! I've been to Makan before and it was my friends first time. It's a hidden gem down one of Melbourne's many hidden laneways. We'll definitely all be back and will recommend to our friends.

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Zoey
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed it - delicious food and great service

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Hemada
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We ordered:
Ikan Bongkot
Kangkung Belacan
Nasi Goreng Bebek
Tahu Sambal Ijo
Bebek Goreng
Ketan Hitam
Cendol Panacotta

Disclaimer: My mother and I are Malaysian Chinese, hence our opinions were coloured by our experiences of eating some of these dishes in the Malaysian style.
Whilst my father and myself did not have a particular issue with the sweetness of the dishes, my mother found the majority of the dishes to be too sweet and oily for her tastes. Compared to our preferred preparation of kangkung belacan, this rendition was rather light on the belacan.
The bebek goreng was well prepared and not too greasy in my opinion, considering it is a fried dish. I was impressed at the crispiness of the duck skin! The sambal accompanying it was one of my mother's favourite aspects of the main dishes, though we agreed that it could use more acidity.
The star of the nasi goreng bebek was the kaffir lime leaf, which added a refreshing element to what may otherwise be an overly heavy dish. This was probably my favourite of the main dishes we ordered.
Despite it's name, the sambal flavour of the tahu sambal ijo was barely discernible, however the tofu and green beans were cooked well.
The ikan bongkot was my mother's favourite of the main dishes, as it was a refreshing contrast to the other dishes we had ordered. While my father found it quite sweet (perhaps due to the apple), we all rather enjoyed it.
The highlight was definitely the desserts! The ketan hitam (which we know as bee koh moy) had a lovely texture and flavour; the individual grains of black rice were not too firm nor too soft, and the slight salt added to the coconut cream prevented the dish from being too heavy. The cendol panacotta was my personal favourite, with a lovely smooth texture and pandan-coconut flavour. The gula melaka used was rich and deep, and made a stunning end to the meal. Special thanks to the waitresses, who were wonderfully attentive and brought our orders out with incredible speed and grace.

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AleshaS
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great, food far exceeded our expectations and was great value for money. I'm already planning our next visit!

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RexW
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Will definitely return in future!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We dined at Makan with a large group and did the set menu. The food was delicious especially the Gohu, Kepiting Sola & Bebek Goreng! The sambal was spicy & tasty and a perfect accompaniment to many of the dishes. Thank you to the lovely staff who were accommodating, attentive and helpful from the time of booking. Keen to go back and try the À la carte menu!

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Checkers
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Absolutely delicious food from start to finish! A rarity when it comes to food these days!

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JulianM
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A nice variety of dishes and flavours. Maybe a little too much for our group, but that is not something to complaint about. All round a great night!

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RachelM
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tasting menu was great with lots of options for gluten free and vegetarian.

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Shakir
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We walked in half hour before our booking time and they were kind enough to give us a table as there were few tables available. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Highly recommend.

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AndreaV
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service - highly recommend!

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ThaisL
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

I loved the food. All dishes delicious and quick to arrive. Only the music was loud for the small room.

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nkls
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, definitely recommend this place to others

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Emiline
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food. Great value. Excellent and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great place with delicious food. Service was great and ambiance was fantastic. Will definitely return.

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Kenzo
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We decided to head out for dinner last minute and decided to give Makan a go. Booking was easy and with no caveats (no minimum spend, no mandatory banquets). What a pleasant experience it was!

Although we were late for our booking because we couldn’t find the entrance (our fault), the staff were so friendly when we called and helped us find it tucked away in an alleyway. They also seated us without any hesitation or fuss because we were late.

The food was genuinely amazing - particular shout out to the chicken satay skewers which are a must. We also had the soft shell crab bao, beef brisket and nasi goreng bebek and cannot fault a thing. There were only two of us and the food was bountiful and approx. $50 pp including drinks!

The interior design was very elegant - there was some chilled music and mood lighting, enough for us to see what we were eating and hear each other talking. The atmosphere it created was lovely.

The waitress we had was wonderful, very attentive and took the time to explain the menu to us. She checked on us in a very polite way and made sure we were happy with everything.

We will absolutely be going back and recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy a great meal in the CBD.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Makan. The food was great and I loved that they weren’t huge portions, which were perfect to share, so we were able to try a few different things. Our waiter was so friendly and very attentive. Would highly recommend.

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RachelT
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and helpful friendly service - I would recommend this restaurant

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Eugene
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a true Indonesian experience with its sooo delicious sate sauce. Wake me up for that! I don't think Australians know the real Indonesian kitchen that well; try this one out and you'll do it again and again.

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TracyM
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were fantastic the food was as good as Bali and the drink menu was great lots of choices alcoholic and non alcoholic

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vipDenisa
4 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience overall. I find the lunch menu is far better value then the dinner menu

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SiobhanF
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit. Staff were very friendly and helpful, food was delicious and reasonably prices

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MeganT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Would come back again and again, food and be venue was amazing

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SharronS
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Walking into this restaurant had the wow factor. Ambience music was great staff were excellent, always made sure we were happy or needed anything else. Food was amazing we had the $59 each option and totally satisfied . Would highly recommend to try this place out .

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Marfee51
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, served by friendly and attentive staff in a funky atmosphere. The Makan special was a terrific combination of dishes - each top notch in flavour and portion size. Fabulous Mothers Day experience enjoyed by the whole family. Highly recommended.

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Porsche
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience , got a corner table as requested. Food was great with so much flavour , we enjoyed the beef ribs . Only negative is the tables are so close to each other so there is no privacy in terms of conversation. Wish the time period was 2 hours instead of the 1.5 hrs as we couldn’t get to desert as we had to leave . Overall great restaurant.

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LouM
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

My second time here. Food was good not amazing, last time I went it was incredible. It is very noisy and lively so can be sometimes hard to hear. The staff are lovely but i also noticed service wasn't as attentive or friend;y - they seemed a bit more under pressure the night i was there - maybe they were short staffed that night

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KatM
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food for a quick tasty lunch! Service was perfect, good venue.

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Lucy
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite go to Indonesian restaurant when we have a girls night out. As usual food and service top notch.

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SarahH
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of my favourite restaurants. The soft shell crab is superb and the service outstanding

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LouiseR
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience.
Some of the dishes were a little over sauced but otherwise beautiful flavours

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Kaitlyn
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our experience at Makan was very good. The food was delicious - great flavours and a broad variety of dishes (many of which are vegetarian friendly). The service was also worth noting. All of the waitstaff were very friendly and knowledgable about the menu.
Thumbs up!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Makan using the Order Online button. Makan also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Makan also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9642 3109.

Makan is rated 4.7 stars by 66 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.