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196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SQ, England
+44 20 7713 8952
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice traditional coffee ceremony. Very good service. Delisios honey wine. And gluten free taff injera. We had a good time. We will come back again.

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Thank Fretta W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2017 via mobile

Nice restaurant. Good decor, fairly casual but more of a restaurant than cafe style place. Funny place to try out if you'd like to try Ethiopian food. The lady that serves you is lovely. Vegetarian options are good. Big portion sizes though, so can share.

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Thank Kiran S
Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2017

We came for dinner on a weekday, and it was quite empty. We ordered the hummus as appetiser, which was good. I ordered the mixed veg platter; the dishes were not hot, the greens tasted like they were about to go off, and the chickpeas lacked flavour. My friend ordered the 50:50 (one meat + vegetable); unfortunately you only get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Great restaurant, loved the food and the ambience. Worth a visit. A very homely reception, never rushed and attentive service.

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Thank MikeyK-Rainhill
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

We could have been in Asmara - the dishes were unpretentious the njira was delicious and not bitter like some chain Ethiopian restaurants. Delicious meal for two in a relaxed quietly soothing environment and I should have brought more friends. Superb food awesome service unpretentious surroundings and good hearty north East African food. Solid choice :)

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Thank Tindo J
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Great Eritrean/Ethiopian food, and very friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. I like the fact that you can combine a half-portion of a meat dish with a vegetable dish. The coffee was very good, too. Will certainly be going again.

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Thank silvatica7
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Really nice place that we stumbled across and had a nice Ethiopian style meal that was delicious. Go for it people!!

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Thank James S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

I'd like to wish a very Happy Ethiopian New Year to the staff at Merkato. I went there today because I'd heard it was their New Year. I had everything I could wish for! There was one of the most massive portions of food I've seen anywhere. There was excellent Ethiopian beer. There were incredibly helpful and friendly staff. They... More 

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Thank Jonty08
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Delicious Ethiopian food on Caledonian Road. As we are not experts in Ethiopian cuisine we had to ask the waitress for recommendations and she chose a perfect meal for us and it was fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant to all, we will certainly be back.

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Thank Susanna D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Lovely food in a great atmosphere with really friendly staff. Excellent value. Don't miss out on the coffee ceremony afterwards. Definitely coming back soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $44
Cuisine
African, Ethiopian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7713 8952
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?