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Cafe Merkama

30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 418 399 391
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“goat” (23 reviews)
“tasting plate” (27 reviews)
“injera” (7 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Meeting up with friends we decided to try Merkama with little to no experience of Ethiopian food. The host made suggestions and was passionate about what he was serving - we took his advice and had a delicious meal for 4 + byo for $25/head....More

Thank Wendy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a wonderful meal here. As a group of friends, we decided on the tasting plate. It was delicious. Simple food, but cooked well, some spicy some not. Everything was explained to us clearly. Would certainly recommend and we will go back again.

Thank LeanneN123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is amazing. The owner does the lot, front of house and kitchen. You have to commend someone that is so dedicated to what they love doing. The food is amazing, so much flavour. Such a different dining experience for Ballarat. Lets all give...More

Thank Jocait
Reviewed 11 August 2018

Came here for afternoon tea, ordered a hot chocolate and Persian Love Cake. Both were very nice and the smell was nice coming from the kitchen. Never have I seen so many Bob Marley Sourvineers in one place. Although it was quite empty and it...More

Thank Samantha F
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

A cafe thats a bit different. Lovely food- the spiced tea, tasting plate and Persian Love Cake were enjoyed by all. Teman is most welcoming and does an excellent job keeping everyone fed, showing people how to eat with the flatbred and giving bongo drum...More

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

The owner does the lot. We were the only two people there and it was great. Will go again without hesitation. Had the best conversation and food for a long time.

Thank Stephen G
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Start with a beautiful cup of spiced tea.....yummy....then on to the tasting plate which means you get to try most dishes, and we always order an additional meat dish. The goat is amazing and the injera bread is better than any I have tried in...More

Thank AEP52
Reviewed 15 July 2018

First time here following reviews given..the menu is quite limited..chose the beef stew but at $18 (LARGE SERVING) it was a very small bowl..A single meat somosa was $3 and again was small..and came out after main meal. The food provided was very nice and...More

Thank Gem F
Reviewed 11 July 2018

The food and the service are just amazing at cafe merkarma the owner does all the cooking and serve as well so he's there by himself and is just lovely

Thank Leeannbig
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

We had looked forward to coming here for ages and had heard such good things about the food and service. Yes it was correct about the food. We shared the tasting plate and it was all pleasantly tasty. We wanted an authentic Ethiopian food experience...More

Thank N H
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Rosemary P
28 June 2018|
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Response from ChristmasLilly | Reviewed this property |
Yes, byo is welcome.
Marie D
26 August 2015|
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Response from Temam H | Property representative |
From 12pm to 9pm
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$14
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: +61 418 399 391
  • E-mail
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