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Cafe Merkama

30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 418 399 391
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“goat” (23 reviews)
“tasting plate” (26 reviews)
“flat bread” (9 reviews)
African, Ethiopian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
30A Doveton Street, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Easy going atmosphere because of the very friendly and calm owner. Different delightful African cuisine. Cafe dining at it’s best. Highly recommended.

Thank thomas333334
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was amazing. Tried every vegetarian(all vegan dishes) dish on the menu and the persian vegan love cake. Visitor to Ballarat and ate here every night.

Thank Ivonne T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious and nourishing food, easy and friendly place to be. Felt good during and after. Thank you! Will be coming back.

Thank Claireusbearus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great night out, love the food very tasty and unique have been going here for years very welcoming owner

Thank mc56
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Wow what a find. Food was fabulous and two of us ate for $40 and we couldn't finish it all! Run entirely by the owner who was terrific and very welcoming. The goat and beef were amazing and all beautifully presented.

Thank Geoffntess
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We've eaten here so many times and the experience always leaves us feeling nourished and relaxed. Temam, the owner does an amazing job as he is usually the only person working there. For this reason in busy times you will need to be patient. Africa...More

1  Thank Belinda V
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

First time trying Ethiopian food and it was absolutely tasty ! The place is very nice, just one waiter but everything worked out well. The Injera (Ethiopian bread) is very good, the rice so tasty too and the mains we had were divine. The prices...More

Thank Stephen R
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Cafe Merkama is a cozy  restaurant that specialises in Ethiopian cuisine. Four of us shared a tasting platter ($20 each) and chose goat, chicken, and 2 lentil dishes. See photo. When the platter came out, we thought we might need more,  but, we ended up leaving...More

Thank Bluedog908
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

We were doing a quick lunch stop in Ballarat during our road trip and chances upon Cafe Merkama. It’s a cozy little restaurant serving wonderful Ethiopian food. We had the tasting platter for 2 ($40), and the food was delicious! The portions were also much...More

Thank Hannah T
Reviewed 12 April 2018

We were passing through Ballarat and decided to have dinner at Cafe Merkama. There was no need to book but after we arrived at 6.45 pm the cafe began to fill up with patrons. I am guessing that the staff member providing the table service...More

Thank LindsayMann
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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$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, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
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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