Recently Kedai Makan bid farewell to its walkup window on Olive Way; this weekend the Malaysian street food outfit quietly opened its doors around the corner in the former La Bête/Spaghetti Western space at 1802 Bellevue Ave.
After starting life as a farmers market stall, then upgrading to a takeaway window, Kedai Makan is suddenly a proper restaurant, complete with chairs and tall tables, cold glasses of Tiger beer, and colorful plates and dishes rather than takeout containers.
Oh, and people. Lots and lots of people. Kedai has been packed since it opened. It's a bit chaotic right now, but elbow-to-elbow diners and convivial clatter suits this food. Having a full kitchen gives owners Kevin Burzell and Alysson Wilson a chance to broaden the menu beyond their handful of staples. There are now three types of nasi goreng, Malaysian-style fried rice, and a variation of their nasi lemak made with fried chicken, plus noodle dishes, vegetables, and appetizers like egg-dipped roti stuffed with pork, mushrooms, coriander and nutmeg.
The space looks...surprisingly different. The walls are a deep turquoise; the open kitchen from the La Bête days are gone, but the bar remains. Now Kedai Makan serves proper cocktails, plus a menu of shots, all infused with Chinese herbs.
Of major note: The restaurant isn't offering takeout until it has a chance to find its rhythm. But Kedai Makan is open every night except Tuesday, from 5pm on. Keep tabs on the Facebook page for updates; meanwhile, Capitol Hill Seattle blog has pictures of the room.
Kedai Makan's big move freed up its former walkup digs. Monica Dimas is already busy converting it into her new torta shop, La Condesa, and might be serving sandwiches as early as next week.