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196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SQ, England
+44 20 7713 8952
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  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible8%
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African, Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly
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196 Caledonian Road | Kings Cross, London N1 0SQ, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We picked Merkato as it was close to King's Cross where my friends were catching a train; they'd had Ethiopian before and enjoyed it so were looking for somewhere to try some more. It was a nice evening so we sat outside. We ordered one...More

Thank Joanne H
Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

At around 18:45 pm myself and seven of my friends entered and on arrival as usual not been welcomed, typical Abesha style. We all ordered beer and followed with a kilo of tire which is a traditional raw meat with special powder pepper and a...More

Thank Sam T
Reviewed April 25, 2017 via mobile

This is some of the worst customer service I have received in a long time! First we booked using a gourmet society card and they said it was fine this later turned out to be an issue... we got there and the lady that sat...More

Thank TravellerHD
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

We got the wrong dish and when we said it to the manager, he denied instantly that we ordered chicken instead of checking first the order. The food was very basic and the service was lacking.

Thank Melika H
Reviewed April 7, 2017

The chicken dish for £9 had one tiny chicken leg and that was it, in a big pile of oily sauce. Tasteless lamb again drowned in oily sauce. So disappointed after reading good recommendations and friendly service

Thank tomgreenjapan
Reviewed March 22, 2017 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.

Thank Fretta W
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.

Thank Kiran S
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...More

Thank LAbeachbum1
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.

Thank MikeyK-Rainhill
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...More

Thank Tindo J
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$32 - $45
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
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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