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Cafe Merkama

30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 418 399 391
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“flatbread” (13 reviews)
“tasting plate” (23 reviews)
“injera” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really enjoyed the rice and goat stew. Wonderful customer service from the owner. Will definitely return again

Thank mummy357
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tried Cafe Merkama on a Sunday night. The owner and one man band was working flat out but still managed to be buoyant and welcoming - just like his food. Two of us went the share plate which has two meat dishes and a mix...More

Thank Fogs32
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Whatever you do, order the Goat Curry. The banquet option is terrific and sensational value. The service is very personal and ensures you not only get to learn how to eat Ethiopian Style but provides an understanding of the food and different offerings. Will be...More

Thank Matthew T
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

The complementary tea is Divine! I always order a pot when Im there. The tasting plate is a must, the service is very warm and welcoming. A Ballarat Gem!

Thank OSM333
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We experienced warm, friendly service and delicious food in a cosy atmosphere recently at Cafe Merkama. Our "mine host" was charming and efficient, explaining the menu in detail and making suggestions. We had a terrific meal and a memorable dining experience. Highly recommended.

Thank Denise A
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Great experience. The food was delicious and great for social gatherings. The Ethiopian cuisine was fantastic and was great fun building your own combinations in the pancakes!

Thank Tom P
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Saw the reviews on TA and decided to try - and we were not disappointed. The menu was explained and we opted for the taster menu for two. When it came the chef/owner advised how to eat it in the traditional manner. Not the smartest...More

Thank Jane W
Reviewed 18 October 2017

My friend and I decided to try some Ethiopian and came to this place. The ambiance was nice and the gentleman was lovely! We enjoyed the food so very much! The tasting plate was amazing! Just remember a little bit of bread...lots of topping! Plus...More

Thank emmakproductions
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on our way from Halls Gap to Melbourne. By far the best food we have had on this trip to Australia. We had a selection of Veggie and meat dishes, delicious. I guess it was the owner who served us who was friendly...More

Thank rmminhk
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Cafe Merkama is unmissable! Beautiful flavours, excellent warm service. It feels like having dinner at a friends place. I recommend the tasting plates, a great way to explore Ethiopian cuisine. 5 Stars!

Thank Joy S
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Marie D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$15
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: +61 418 399 391
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