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“Great little restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Merkato

Merkato
196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SL, England
+44 20 77138952
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Ranked #7,178 of 18,003 Restaurants in London
Price range: $39 - $54
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: Reservations, Buffet
Description: Tucked away on the New Caledonion Road near Kings Cross, London, Merkato has won critical acclaim for its authentic Ethiopian cuisine and warm, cosy atmosphere. Small, but perfectly formed, the dining room is a jostling space filled with live musicians and an animated local crowd, and the helpful staff are always on hand to help you navigate the extensive menu. Popular dishes include the wot ��� a thick prawn or chicken stew served over traditional injera bread; tibs ��� which is grilled meat; and the kitfo ��� a distinctive dish made with raw ground beef marinated in chilli powder. Vegetarians can choose from diverse selection of dishes, and the cheap prices and overall jovial atmosphere are guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
“Great little restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Amazing place with outstanding food for a reasonable price. Service was remarkably fast and people very friendly. Definitely worth the walk, a bit deep into Caledonian Road.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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269 reviews 269 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
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161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
“Still very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Had dinner here last Saturday evening - our first time back there in a couple of years. It is still very good. Portions may be smaller and prices a little higher than some of the other Ethiopian restaurants near by, but the quality of the food is better than most. The staff are lovely and attentive without being all over you. The Ethiopian coffee was superb, but given how long it takes to prepare, it's a good idea to let your waiter/waitress know early on if you want coffee at the end. Will definitely be heading back. I think we paid about £40 for two, which included a meat / vegetarian mixed plate, Ethiopian coffee, water, beer, and tej.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Authentic atmosphere with yummy food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I went there with a group of 8 as Ethiopian food is best for sharing. The restaurant is small and cozy. Staff are nice and the food is yummy. It's on tastecard too so the value was super!
Just one tip: don't go for their honey wine :) The coffee is really nice!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Faversham
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A fantastic place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Food......rich, spicy, exhilarating. Service......charming, attentive, warm. Came for a meal, left beguiled by Ethiopean hospitality. An unassuming establishment run by a cook with a generous heart, who simply took pride in sharing her culture and cuisine.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
“Great vegetarian dishes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We live nearby so decided to try this place. This is my third time eating Ethiopian food, and while I'm not a huge fan of injeera (find it a bit vinegary), I did really enjoy the mix of veggie dishes I ordered.

If you're new to Ethiopian cuisine it's a good idea to try one of the combo dishes to get a bit of variety. We also had meat and one of those were very good, think it was lamb.

Service is so sweet and friendly, and the beers were great. I'm sure we'll be back.

They have shisha here, too.

Visited June 2012
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