Tucked away along Park Way in Mawson Lakes, Café Merci is a little known place where you can grab Korean cuisine. Though Korean food is the main focus of the café, they also offer coffee and various Australian-style café food as well.
Perfect for one, the spicy pork in their Spicy Pork Dosirak (Bento Box) had a delectable spicy flavour with a hint of smokiness. Accompanying the pork and rice were a spring roll, fried dumpling, squid ring and a fried prawn, and fresh fruit that can be enjoyed like a dessert.
Spicy Pork Dosirak (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those that prefer chicken, there is the option of having their Dosirak made with Karaage Chicken. The flesh of the chicken was succulent with the crisp coating setting it off nicely. Helping to enhance the chicken's flavour was a drizzling of sauce which added a slightly sweet taste to it.
Karaage Chicken Dosirak (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great as a snack or to help sate your appetite while waiting for your main meal, their Dumplings had a filling that was juicy and the skin of the dumpling was not too tough. Though the dumplings were yummy enough on their own, you can dip them in the dipping sauce provided to give them more flavour. We chose to have our dumplings steamed but there is the option of having them fried instead.
While the style of their Ramen is not like the ones seen at Japanese restaurants, the noodles were cooked just right with the soup having a good amount of spiciness. The pieces of cabbage added texture to the dish.
Ramen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The ambience of the place is what you would expect from a small café. A good amount of parking space is available on the streets close to where the restaurant is located.