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Empire Chinese Restaurant

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51 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1AR, Scotland
+44 (0)1856 872300
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Within a 2 week period we had both a fantastic takeaway and a poor one. The poor one involved very stodgy rice that was over salted too. I think you would need to not have high expectations when ordering so that you will not be disappointed but could be pleasantly surprised.

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
1985Fiona
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Within a 2 week period we had both a fantastic takeaway and a poor one. The poor one involved very stodgy rice that was over salted too. I think you would need to not have high expectations when ordering so that you will not be disappointed but could be pleasantly surprised.

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Had food here twice during trip in aug 2015, it was ok. It was just a little bland and flat, I would eat here again but wouldn't cross the road to do it.staff were lovely and helpfull.

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Orkney
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

When I visited here on a date, I found that the staff were very good. They were welcoming, helpful, attentive and friendly. There were not many people in the restaurant at the time, and there were plenty of staff to serve everybody. The staff were dressed in fantastic looking Chinese outfits which I thought looked great. The decor was also... More 

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I dine here quite often and always find a warm welcome waiting. The owner, Bobby, always has a big smile on his face, and the staff are very efficient, polite and friendly.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I go to the Empire on a regular basis and thought it was about time I placed a review on here. This is easily the bed Chinese food I've had anywhere (and I include many UK cities in this comparison). The staff and management are very friendly and welcoming and greet you very nicely every time. As we are regular... More 

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We phoned up beforehand to order our food and by the time we got there our food was ready , everything was delicious and reasonable priced as well

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Was here last Sunday because we couldn't be bothered cooking in caravan & my ordered the chicken chow mien & said it was excellent compared to the Chinese takeaways back home & I had a prawn curry which was also excellent & I would go back if we're ever back on Orkney again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Great service, I phoned before they were open to order take away and I got a call back as soon as they were open. Ordered take away for 4 folk and it was all hot and tasty. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Went with a group of work colleagues and was looking forward to it as had only had take-aways and not eaten in the restaurant in years. A very wet miserable evening but as soon as we walked in we were greeted by smiling, happy, staff which really makes a difference. We had a selection of starters and mains which were... More 

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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Went here on a Monday night as everywhere else shut. Service friendly enough, food delivered too quickly..suspicions raised. I had sizzling King Prawn undercooked., fried rice and noodles to share. Rice obviously microwaved. Girlfriend had duck dish...really fatty and in a 'sauce' which was basically a red watery oil ..horrible and nauseous. Avoid.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Junction Road, Kirkwall KW15 1AR, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1856 872300

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  • Cuisine: Chinese

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