Lebanese-inspired cafe fare, quality coffee and inventive drinks in Parramatta.
House-made almond milk infused with rose petals, chilled Milo with choc chips and jaffles dripping with cheese and sausage — Mëraki Merchants takes all your childhood food dreams and turns them into adult realities.
Barista Toufick Chami — whose CV includes Circa, The Cupping Room, Tap and Ona — opened the glass doors of this sunny, friendly corner cafe back in 2016. He combines his Lebanese background with modern Australian cafe fare, creating dishes that break the mould through simple but effective twists.
The signature toastie, for example, called The Saltan's Jaffle, is made up of tasty cheese, sujuk (dry, spicy sausage), olives and house-made smoky capsicum relish, while the granola is served on watermelon-infused rose water reduction and a pear poached in Earl Grey tea. The compact menu changes frequently and, every morning, a batch of freshly baked goodies lands on the counter. Be there early to nab one.
Chami sources coffee beans from Stitch, St Peters. But, for non-coffee drinkers, there are plenty of alternative adventures, such as the Red African hot chocolate, chilled vanilla rose Milo and the aforementioned house-made almond milk made with beetroot, rose petals and Himalayan sea salt.