Casual Dining

Empire Restaurant

locationIndira Nagar

From Noon, Right Up To 1AM, Hotel Empire Is And Always Will Be Your Bae

Aakanksha posted on 17 February

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It’s been an iconic establishment since the 1960s, and whether you say it openly or are to cool for school to admit, Empire is the bomb! Whether it was for quick greasy meals when you skipped school, for that boisterous party at someone’s someone’s place because his/her parents were out of town, or simply because every other restaurant in the city was shut, Hotel Empire has rescued every Bangalorean. Fact. So here’s our timeline of why and when we go to Empire, over and over and over again.

11.45am – Fresh Fruit Juice

Sure the place opens only at noon, but their juice bar outside the main restaurant and hotel kicks things off a bit earlier. More so since the sutta {and some Chinese toys for kids, oddly} shop next door is open too. We swear by the musambi and Arabian grape juice – pure unadulterated and freshly made before you. There’s also pomegranate for those times you really want to be healthy. And therein ends the eatery’s healthy offerings!

1pm – Non-Veg Thali {Monday – Thursday}

Don’t be mistaken, the thali is available on other days too, but Friday and weekends are for indulging. Work days, m’dear, either the chicken or the fish thali is your bae. With a mound of rice, dal, two deceptively heavy coin parathas, a chicken curry or Malabari fish one, a vegetable {changes daily}, paneer butter masala and pickle, you’re sorted… provided you don’t have an afternoon meeting or you’re happy to snooze through it! Make sure you eat the dollop of payasam to end on a sweet note. Yes, there’s a vegetarian version. Wash it down with Fresh Lime Soda.

1pm – Shaadi Ki Biryani, Chicken Kebab And/Or Fish Fry {Friday}

Hello comfort food Friday! The Shaadi Ki Biryani is divine as is typical to Bangalore Muslim weddings — dum-cooked on firewood apparently. While it needs nothing else but the spicy salan and raita it comes with, we need more meat! So bring on the fried-to-sin chicken kebabs and the shallow fried fish {seer, thankfully} that goes so perfectly with the biryani, it’s another Shaadi Mubarak!

5pm – 6pm – Shawarma

Come evening, the Shawarma grill is fired and the aroma of slow-cooking chicken is in the air. While the sea of people around the machine may put you off, persist. Despite not being authentic, how can you say no to their Chicken Shawarma rolls loaded with garlic mayo, strips of meat and a hint of spice tucked into Indianised pita bread? You can’t. Please note, this meal is sometimes replaced by the Appam or Semiya accompanied by either prawn curry, chicken curry or paneer butter masala — it all depends on much power your Keralite friends or co-workers have over you!

Midnight-1am – Anything That Is Available

Let’s face it, nothing quite says the partying was successful if you don’t have a selfie with the entire gang in front of Empire, proudly showing off plates of Mutton Keema Dosa and Paneer Butter Masala one. That too with slightly questionable look post copious amounts of drinking. But this is the time where you don’t look at the menu; all you say is, “Bhaiyya, jo bhi hai five plates de dijiye, please. Faaaast. Jaldi. Bega. Bega!” So while some will get a few rotis to gobble with chicken curry, others will be wolfing down dosas {exact numbers unknown} with any kind of gravy – paneers, mutton, prawn, egg or even your BFF’s dal or salan!} because everyone knows that the world’s best food no matter what is at Hotel Empire at 1am. The next morning is a whole different tale altogether!

And this is why The Empire will always strike back!

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Empire Restaurant

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Next To BSNL, 80 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru

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Casual Dining

Empire Restaurant

locationIndira Nagar