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“Authentic feel”
Review of Empires

Empires
Ranked #968 of 2,599 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$33
Cuisines: Turkish
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Reviewed 27 February 2014

There was literally no-one else in when I visited with my daughter. She is vegetarian and most of the menu seemed to cater for her although there were other choices. That was fine and I was happy with the selection. The food didn't seem entirely freshly prepared though. It arrived very quickly which might suggest it was microwaved, however the platters of 3 mezze were tasty and filling.
Decor-wise, the place has a nice feel with traditional surroundings and low lighting accompanied by some unusual mixes of music! One big complaint was the temperature inside - it was freezing. We'd probably have stayed longer and spent more if we hadn't been so cold. We mentioned it to the waitress on the way out and she said they were closing down shortly for a month for a refurb. I hope it's to install radiators!

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1  Thank Al M
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

A great experience, it looks, feels and tastes like the real deal! We shared 2 large mezzes between 3 people and were spoilt for choice, delicious food that comes highly reccomended!

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Thank BobYenz
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Cozy environment, friendly personnel, fast service, nice , tasty food with a large selection of 'meze', reasonable prices and live Greek music by a band of talented Greek students! Do not forget to bring along your favorite bottle of wine! I went there on a Friday evening, it was full, so it would be safer to book in advance...I enjoyed the chicken, the aubergines salads...practically everything I tasted was very nice. Try to get as many 'meze' as possible. In the end we had a variety of sweets, like baklava, very nice too. The singer had an amazing voice!

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Thank Maria O
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We'd eaten a lovely meal at David Banns on Saturday night, and on our way back we spotted a sign outside Empires saying that they catered for vegans.
So, on Sunday night we decided to give it a try. Luckily we spotted the byob so we went prepared with bottle of wine in hand! When we turned up we noticed that they didn't take cards and so had to do a quick purse/wallet check to ensure that we had sufficient funds!
We mentioned that we were vegan and the waitress came back with a handwritten list of the vegan options.
We were able to select 6 mezze items to share, so ordered 2 3 mezze plates. Each came with salad and Pitta bread.
The food was delicious, very tasty, and more than enough. We'd certainly come back.
Lovely ambience too.
Just a shame they are not licensed and don't take cards, otherwise I'd have given them 5 stars!!!!

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1  Thank Purple C
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Our waitress Laura was charming and helpful, kindly providing a handwritten vegan menu. We shared the vegan meze platter, including some old favourites such as humus, tarator and falafel. Great option to bring your own wine, with water supplied in tall, elegant beaten metal jugs. Attractive interior of warm wooden panelling, ornaments and wonderful light shades and chandeliers, decorated with a mosaic of tiny, brightly coloured tiles. Good to be able to support an independent, family run business, offering an appetising selection of flavoursome and imaginative vegan choices.

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1  Thank kensmoon
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