Merkamo Ethiopian - Market Stall

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Horner Square, East London, England, E1 6EW

Ethiopian vegan food stall inside Old Spitalfields Market. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Fast food, Ethiopian, Take-out only

26 Reviews

First Review by robz

So yummy! - Edit

I had the special which was a bit of everything, and everything was delicious. The lady serving the food was super lovely! Thank you so much!

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delicious! - Edit

Great and beautiful food!

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Best in London - Edit

Coming from Germany, travelling London as a vegan has been quiet disappointing. Its all overpriced and overrated and not nearly as convenient as media reports would suggest. This little jewel is priceless though. Located in a nice flea market that already is worth the travel it is really as colorful as the pics suggest (no editing). All beautifully freshly prepared, nutritious with a huge selection of legume dishes, very tasty and so reasonably priced. For less than 7£ you get a take away portion big enough for 2!!

Pros: quick service, huge variety, tasty and cheap

Cons: seriously NONE!

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Fantastic - Edit

This place is really great. I always eat here whenever I’m at my company’s London office. The “full house” is essentially a bit of everything they do. And it’s all fantastic. Can’t rate it highly enough.

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healthy, tasty, perfect - Edit

I love Merkamo Ethiopian food. It is healthy, fresh, tasty and super cheap - £6.50 for a generous portion. My favourites are the gluten free platter and the injera traditional plate.
The staff is super friendly and they are always happy to customise your dish adding any extra you might fancy (make sure you include the soy bean sauce).

Pros: healthy, tastes as gorgeous as it looks , super friendly

Cons: gets busy at lunchtime

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Amazing - Edit

Absolutely amazing Ethiopian food bowls of awesome! I regularly grab my lunch from here and everything is fresh, tasty and super healthy. Plus, it's pretty cheap for the amount of food you get.

My favourite is the three sauce wrap, but they're all good.





Updated from previous review on 2017-11-15

Pros: Super tasty and healthy, Pretty cheap

Cons: Only open for lunch

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fantastic - Edit

I love Ethiopian food and this did not disappoint. Thanks tried the traditional plate and it was delicious. What great value too. I’ll be back!

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So good I got seconds! - Edit

This street food is nothing short of stunning. The colours, the smells and the taste from the moment you spot it in your sights. If you like eating for colour you’ll love it. Even if you don’t, you’ll love it.

Busy lunch spot but we got served in a few mins and there are tables and chairs available to sit at. Fantastic!

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Super tasty and original - Edit

Great little food stall at the market with large portions. Food is tasty and exciting. Not bad value either!

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great value and variety! - Edit

Delicious and hugely filling array of legumes, veggies and injera (served rolled up). For £6.50 you get a huge huge plate with a bit of everything (the 'traditional') and the lady serving was lovely!

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Briljant! - Edit

Onwijs lekker eten. Zeer vriendelijke dames. Eten kan niet verser. Veruit het lekkerste eten sinds tijden!

Pros: alles vegan

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great food - Edit

Tried their food at bricklane market and I loved all the flavours combined.

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What a great introduction to Ethiopian food - Edit

So much great, healthy, delicious food, I very quickly went from absolutely starving to comfortably full on this meal. Such great flavours and for anyone who was questioning whether a healthy, plant-based meal could be filling - here's the proof!

Pros: Tasty food, So filling, Lots of different veg/pulses

Cons: Market stall so no seating area

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Best Ever!!! - Edit

I wasn't expecting that this food was going to be so flavoured and diverse. And I had a second round. Amazing dish presentation, the welcoming warm smile. Me and my family are in love with this place. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience.we are definitely coming back soon.

Pros: very cheap!!! wortth the money!

Cons: please grow your busyness as you are the only one

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Healthy vegan fare - Edit

Didn't expect them to be open as I was half an hour early but they were setting up the display plates. Affordable and flavoursome vegan food compared to a lot of specialty vegan restaurants in town. From broad beans and okra to lentils and couscous... So good!

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Closed before close time - Edit

Got there, really hyped, 30 mins before closing time - closed. Lame.

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Great food stand in marketplace - Edit

Good Ethiopian food, friendly efficient service. You can select what to order from several combo plates, sample plates are on display. Tjeu are all very colorful! Friendly, efficient service.

Pros: All vegan

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Ethiopian vegan food is the future - Edit

The first time I had ever tried Ethiopian vegan food and what a joy! A lot of different flavours on the plate and afterwards I didn't feel hungry for a few days!! Definitely recommend and now a common source of food when I'm at the market.

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Delicious and Nutritious, Friendly and Economical Vegan Ethiopian Food (what else is there to say?) - Edit

You have to go here. It's not negotiable.

Pros: Great selection of nutritious food, economical and easy , friendly staff

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consistently delicious - Edit

Have tried a few times now and is always so yummy. The ladies are lovely and always generous with their servings. These are a weekly regular stop for me now.

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unique delicious treat - Edit

So many colours and flavours plus super friendly staff. Definitely recommend it!

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Wow!! - Edit

Was lured (via HappyCow) by the gloriously colourful pictures and the fact I'd never eaten Ethiopian food before.
Utterly divine!
Inside the old Spitalfields market, this stall has a range of healthy and visually stunning dishes to choose from, and taste wise this is some of most delicious food I've eaten. Will be back again and again!

Pros: Food is incredible., Extremely well priced., Healthy as can be!!

Cons: Absolutely none.

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Healthy, varied and delicious - Edit

This stall is fantastic!! Large array of salads/stews/curries, served with traditional Ethiopian bread. I also had a coconut dumpling thing (not sure of it's proper name) that was fried. A little bit sweet, but fluffy and great dipped into the sauces
Each plate of food ordered had a good mix of food, with lots of pulses and veg and salads. Nice chilli sauce available to add at the front of the stall - refreshing and tangy, but with good bit of kick!!

The staff were also very friendly :)

Excellent stall that I would definitely revisit!

Pros: Healthy and filling, Good variety and portion sizes, Good value

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Feel Good Food - Edit

The food is so scrumptious it had me enthralled the entire time. There is such a wide selection it's hard to believe it's all vegan! They treat you so nice when you go there and most importantly it's warm and perfect to take on the British weather

Pros: open space, choice of food, warm

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Healthy, filling, delicious - Edit

The most colourful stall at Spitalfields, this place defines veganism in a beautiful way. Fantastic variety to each box. Very healthy and delicious, friendly staff. Must go!

Pros: Everything

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Lovely vegan market stall - Edit

Merkamo have got 5 or so options for their takeaway boxes, each displayed as a plate at the front of their stall. This includes a gluten free option. All of them are super healthy and a mixture of delicately flavoured beans, pulses, lentils, or rice in various sauces, with vegetables and the option to add samosas (either filled or unfilled). The injera dishes come with the signature spongey flat bread cut into little rolls with which you can scoop up the sauces. Staff are friendly, the stall is busy during lunch hours but you never have to wait too long. Prices are good too.

Pros: Open 7 days, Well priced, Healthy and tasty food

Cons: Sometimes a long queue

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