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“Crazy system”
Review of Empires

Empires
Ranked #865 of 2,556 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$33
Cuisines: Turkish
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Reviewed 1 March 2014

The food is great, the décor bohemian, the lighting subtle, the music "just right". Therefore, this should be a relaxing, chilled place to spent time with friends....but it's not! We were told on booking we could book at 6.30 or 8.30, so we chose 6.30. Every table downstairs was occupied and we got our food about 7pm. At 8pm we were still eating and drinking, when we had the bill dumped on our table and we were told we had to be out by 8.30. Every few minutes after that the waitress came to check if we had paid the bill. We felt harassed. We asked if we could have coffee, the waitress told us "no", as the table was booked at 8.30. Three tables had come in for the 8.30 sitting, but there were 2 tables empty! As no one was coming for our table, we stayed a little longer to finish our wine. At 8.45 the waitress told us the booking for our table had been cancelled and we could stay. We spend another £9 on coffee and very disappointing cheap Turkish Delight. When we left at around 10pm the other 2 tables were still empty.

How can this system be economical? Had we left when we were asked the restaurant would have lost our £9, and had no other customers. If the other 2 tables had not been chased out at 8.30, they might have gone on to spend more also. This system makes it unpleasant for the customer, as an hour is not enough to have a meal.

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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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