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Olde Empire Hotel

21 Temple St, Kandy, Sri Lanka
(081) 222 4284
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Ranked #40 of 69 restaurants in Kandy
Most recent review
- Jun 11, 2014
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Norwegian first
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English first
Newport, Rhode Island
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Olde Empire Restaurant recently came under new management three months ago. The new chef, Namala, is absolutely brilliant. His strawberry-basil-curd milkshake is wonderful as is his tomato-ginger sorbet. His recipes 2are original. The curry was very well-made. I also enjoyed the pumpkin-garlic soup. All the staff are helpful and friendly, and they all speak English very well. Food was reasonably... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We stayed here 7 years ago, it had old world charm, had beat up old leather recliners and the old style lounge transported you to times of the tea plantations. Now refurbished with a smart restaurant, no longer does it for me (we did not stay this time.) Like most of Kandy licensing laws are MUCH stricter (this is especially... More

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Wuppertal, Germany
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

The restaurant in this hotel was recommended to me by the host of my hotel. I can only say that the food was delicious, the portions were huge, and the prices are adequate.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a good place to have a typical Sri Lankan rice and curry meal for Lunch. Sometimes they will also seve you Curd and treacle after lunch.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This place doesn't look like much but the lunch was great and also very cheap. We had a beef curry and rice which came with a few vegetable side dishes and sambols, and the Friday special which was spiced rice with chicken and veg wrapped in a banana leaf. There was plenty of it and it only cost about 670... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Really delicious food served by sweet, accommodating staff. No real menu but they just give us whatever is being cooked up. Very cheap prices.

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Hove, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

The building is great - old and rambling and staff seem to appear at every corner. It's like Kandy's answer to Fawlty Towers, including a 'Manuel' in the restaurant, we mostly found the experience great fun BUT we were attacked by bed bugs. Our room had three, single, hospital-type beds in, two with mosquito nets. Mossies always seem to find... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Beware of ordering the egg curry - the egg part is a solitary peeled hard-boiled egg! As it comes with a huge plate of rice, dal, a veg curry, poppadoms, coconut sambal etc it's not as bad as it sounds, but in general it was very cheap so not amazing quality food. I still enjoyed the experience though - it... More

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Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

I went to the Olde Empire to enquire about rooms for possible future visits. The older man at reception was extremely unfriendly like I was disturbing him from his work to tell me the info. The other staff also looked similarly unfriendly so I left. The building itself looks lovely but is in a very air-polluted part of town and... More

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Hong Kong, China
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49 reviews 49 reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We ate here after a circuit of the lake. We had the rice and curry set lunch which was superb. A large variety of tasty dishes which kept coming until we were done. Highly recommended!

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