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Cafe Merkama

30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 418 399 391
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good29%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“goat” (16 reviews)
“flatbread” (12 reviews)
“tasting plate” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Searched Ballarat for two families to enjoy great food at a reasonable price. We accidentally stumbled upon Cafe Merkama. The place is wonderful. The food is awesome and the service by the owner is just right. His recommendations for food were spot on. Would thoroughly...More

2  Thank QuasarRooster
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Found this lovely cafe. We were given a warm welcome. Great quality food, presented in a unique style. Temam suggested method for eating his food, was both fun & satisfying. Loved the silver beet and lamb dishes. Try the Shai tea. Cheryl & Shaun.

Thank 881cheryl
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

A group from work decided to try Cafe Merkama for a casual dinner. We were not disappointed. There is a lovely welcoming atmosphere which begins when you walk in the door and smell the delicious aromas and are then greeted with a warm cup of...More

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food-well looked after,the vegetarian selection was great and the goat stew was to die for-enjoyable Father's Day

Thank Pepe H
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Since we worked in Ethiopia some years back we were hoping to one day find a traditional Ethiopian restaurant. At Merkama it was half way there. We had the mixed plate. I was a bit dissapointed in the Injera bread as it was just a...More

Thank emtnems
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Very friendly staff ( only the cook and a waiter ). We waited a little while for our food as it was a busy night, but so worth it!! Each dish was explained to us and the aromas and taste was amazing!! Not sure about...More

Thank Janlyn F
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Tried this restaurant based on other Tripadvisor reviews and wow - it was fabulous!! Owner cooks everything himself and is very keen for you to try and have an authenic Ethiopian eating experience. We went for the vegetarian tasting platter which was delicious! Beautiful spices,...More

Thank Marianne C
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Marie D
26 August 2015|
Response from Daryl S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am not the owner so not sure of the hours but think it is open for lunch & dinner Tuesday to Sunday
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$16
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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