13 Reviews / 15 Ratings
Pretty Okay!! Nothing Great!! You gous need to buck up!
So me and my cousins headed here to grab some supposedly great food most of them being non-vegetarians). The restaurant didn't look like much, just an old plain jane kind of place. In terms of food, I cant speak for the non-vegetarians, but they told me that the hyderabadi biryani and chicken biryani was nothing great. They've eaten there before and said that it used to be much better. As for me, the vegetarian biryani was too simple to be called a biryani. Barely any flavors and in terms of the look of the biryani, at first sight i thought that it was some other tables pulao or something like that. However, the Paneer tikka masala was too good and the roti was soft and nice.
As far as service goes, the head table attendants (the ones in suits) didnt seem to give a damn. Their attitudes were careless and barely paid any attention to us, being a table of 9. We had to call them three to four times just to get their attention, and mind you this wasn't a vary busy day at the restaurant.
Overall experience was just alright.
NOT GOING THERE AGAIN!!
Went there for a lunch buffet on the top floor with my friends and had very bad experience. We were so hungry, but there was no food to eat. There were like 20 people waiting for the food to arrive. They would bring roti and curry like 10 minutes apart, but never together. When complained the person who serve there told us, management isn't providing enough for us to serve here. Since we were hungry and already had paid, just ate little bit of whatever we could get and demanded to meet their manager. Manager was so rude and didn't have patience to listen to us and told us to do whatever we want and that he doesn't care. I reminded him about what we (customers) could do these days with internet. So is this review.
No More the Same as Good Old Days
As other sgheeru pointed out, it is nowhere near the quality of of say 6/7 years back. I remember back in 2007 the executive lunch used to cost some where around 90 Rs, and the menu was so big that, waiters used to wait for you clear the table after eating few kebabs so that they can place some other dishes like Ghee rice and Fruit salad etc. And it was always that I had to leave the table with not being able to finish all the items. Now had it just couple of months earlier, the menu is at least fifty percent short sized, the food is no more that tasty anymore, ..dishes are so oily that sometimes it feels road side karts selling non veg chat items to accompany drink.
Waiters are busy to push some non necessary thing like bottled water when you just try to finish your meal fast paced to leave the smelly place. They are still much better in non veg menu than many more in grill items, but just average in others.
The King Of Kebabs
I am a big time foodie and non-vegetarian. What better place than Empire to satisfy your hunger. I personally feel Empire provides one of the most authentic non-vegetarian food in the town. Chicken Kabab and Chicken Biryani is the best you will get in any of the restaurants. No wonder the place is crowded evertime I go there, whether a weekday or a weekend.
Avoid if you can else order carefully
Beware of Empire Church St.
Do not mistake this for the original empire, it is way below expectations compared to Indiranagar Empire. Food quality, price, service everything is way below expectation. It is no where near to value for money. On the contrary it is looting, after spending so much you get poor quality food and bad service.
Please do not go there if you want to enjoy your day and have nice time and food.
Pathetic & indifferent service put you off!
I know as an experienced foodie that for good food and hidden finds, you need to endure parking woes, overlook hygiene and indifferent to rude customer service. But with respect to Empire, its a tad too much. It is one thing to be indifferent and altogether different to be rude and dismissive. We customers pay good money for the food we consume and at least are entitled to some service. I guess its a case of excess demand for this joint.
Food wise, nothing out of the ordinary. I mean, you get much better quality fair in classier joints like Shezaan, Imperial, Taj, Richies etc. So dunno why people rave about it. Must be those first time non veg eaters!
the food in empire is amazing ONLY if u know what to eat here..
chiken kabab, chilli kabab , grill chicken, butter naan or any roti, butter chicken boneless, dal fry, ghee rice :D with sweet lime soda :D this is the best menu ive eaten here. PLEASE DONT EAT THE BIRYANI HERE N KABAB IS A MUST
Grilled Chicken specialty is questionable
I love slow roasted chicken. In the US it's called rotisserrie-style and it takes hours at a low temperature with frequent turning to perfect. The grilled chicken at Empire was cooked by the front entrance on busy Church St. (not sure how sanitary that is but I do know you get lots of cars and pollution). Then sadly the chicken was very dry and overcooked. The non-veg thali was good and I would recommend that instead.
For under Rs. 300 for 2 dinners I'm not complaining about the overall experience and I'll probably be back.
Decent Ambience; Great food!
I have always wondered privately why the govt. insists on closing restaurants at 11 and make us all play Cinderella. The Empire is probably one of the few restaurants in Bangalore that stays open late and gives people like me a proper chance to catch some food if I am working late.
The kababs here are very different in that they are deep fried! Great tasting, though at the cost of increasing your cholestrol level. Biryani is average but the Brain fry is good. Service is businesslike and brusque (sometimes) though fairly efficient. At this restaurant, you go to feed yourself; no more! no less!
The large crowds that throng the place speak volumes about the quality of the food and the appreciation of the general public.
Long live the Empire and may your tribe increase!!
Midnight food for thought
Wel, the only time i've eer gone to this Empire is post mid night. The place is generally open till 4 am on Saturdays, 2 am on other days.
Stuff you should not miss here
1. Chicken Kebabs
2. Brain Fry
3. Dosa Kheema
4. Kerala Parotha with Butter Chicken
5. Grilled Chicken
Also has a bunch of nice combo meals!!
Crowd: Though it serves the mid night crowd, everyone is minding their own business stuffing their faces, so you never have to worry about problems.
The ambience is....well, decent. Nothing great, but good lighting and the wood panelling give it a nice comfort feel.
The staff, is always busy, might not be the best service always. On a good day, you'll have good food in no time, on bad days, I've had to wait up to 20 minutes to place an order
Best place for satisfying those late night "munches" you get.