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The Empire Cafe

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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Description: Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the...
Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This restaurant in Kandy is ideal place to relax in an iconic building overlooking a UNESCO heritage site. Open all day and serving quality coffee and teas, smoothies, juices, breakfast, salads, Sri Lankan curry, soups, delicious sandwiches, pasta, cakes and snacks. Free WIFI and TV.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice atmosphere

Although I expected the good to blow our minds, it didn't. It wasn't bad but it wasn't exceptional either. Our waited was nice though and the atmosphere was lovely. Beautiful place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
Haig G
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Rather modern nice restraunt just to the left from the entrance to Tooth Temple. A combination of european and indian cuisine, prices are ok

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Utrecht, Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great place for lunch! The wraps are delicious. Our kids loved the pesto wraps. I fell in love with the tuna wrap. Great smoothies too.

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Bern, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I wouldn't say it isn't good there, because that wouldn't be fair, but it wasn't exceptional. I ordered a salad and sorry but it was nothing like a salad. No taste at all. My cappuccino was no cappuccino, I'm still wondering what it was. The place is well decorated though and I'm sure the other food is good, I just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Although I expected the good to blow our minds, it didn't. It wasn't bad but it wasn't exceptional either. Our waited was nice though and the atmosphere was lovely. Beautiful place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It's okay here. The food was okay. Had the wrap and that was pretty tasty. Didn't like the service at all. Or you can say no service.. It was extremely slow, with two staff members in the restaurant and max 10 tables i expect a little more. Dirty tables and it took more than 45 min to get our food.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

After seating you down the waiter disappeared. I had to go to the kitchens in search of a menu. The waiter looks accustomed to guests coming in search of him. I ordered a coffee and a salad. The coffee arrived after 15 minutes...weak as milk...so i asked for an extra shot...went back to the kitchen with my cup...waiter asked me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I highly recommend this place, the menu has a number of western options that looked amazing but we stuck with the tried and tested rice and curry and I have to say it was delicious and substantial. I also had a fantastic espresso, easily the best I had in all of Sri Lanka...getting a good coffee can be difficult to... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We were looking for a curry and while they only had one on the menu it was great, about 5 little curries, poppadoms and rice. Plenty of other western food to choose from. Prices above local but mid range. Clean, with clean toilet and wifi.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Good food prepared and presented well, in a lovely setting. This restaurant is great - great food, great juices and other drinks and lovely cakes and deserts. Thumbs up all around!

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Muscat, Masqat, Oman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The building is a renovated old colonial mill that has been converted into a upmarket, clean and contemporary restaurant. Food was excellent, except mine came piecemeal but others were all perfect. Excellent value, best value for money so far in Sri Lanka, upmarket style and quality, beach shack prices, well worth a visit

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Additional Information about The Empire Cafe

Address: 21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 6
Cuisine: Fusion

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy
  • Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6
  • Cuisine: Fusion

Description

Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This restaurant in Kandy is ideal place to relax in an iconic building overlooking a UNESCO heritage site. Open all day and serving quality coffee and teas, smoothies, juices, breakfast, salads, Sri Lankan curry, soups, delicious sandwiches, pasta, cakes and snacks. Free WIFI and TV.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 8:30 pm

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