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“Beautifully placed for lunch in a quiet precinct and asolutely top of the list for Empire Theatre pre-show dinners.”

Encores at the Empire Theatre
Ranked #16 of 325 Restaurants in Toowoomba
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

Encores is a gorgeous little restaurant with top food, service and ambience. I put it at the top of the restaurant tree in Toowoomba. I'm especially in love with the huge windows which open in warmer months and look out on to a beautifully-tended garden crammed with pink roses. Don't pass Encores by when you're next in town even if it's only for coffee and a wicked cake!

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We dropped in for lunch the other day, after having heard good things about this restaurant from Toowoomba locals. The setting is nice, with large amounts of glass overlooking a grassed area. The ambience inside is pleasant, and the food was also good.

The restaurant is attached to a show venue, and no doubt like all such restaurants they have to have super slick service systems worked out so that people can finish their meals in time for the show. If we had been dining before a show I think we would have appreciated the ultra-efficient service that we encountered.

However, at lunch, when we were looking to have a nice relaxing time, the service was rather off-putting. The lunch menu consists of a slice of house bread, followed by optional soup, then a choice of mains, with a glass of wine included. Before we had a chance to get our heads around the menu the bread had been put on the side plates, followed immediately by a choice of white or red wine (offered just like on an airline, with the staff member holding a bottle of white in one hand and red in the other), the assumption being that we would want both bread and wine. Within the next couple of minutes we were asked twice if we were ready to order. During our meal a group of four arrived and was seated at a table next to us - their bread was on the table before they had even sat down!

Overall, this reminded us of dining at the typical Chinese restaurant for yum cha lunch - super speedy service, polite, but impersonal and without any warmth or real welcome. For efficiency, though, #1.

By the way, make sure you book - don't just walk in or you will given a table at the back or in the corner.

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Thank DrRoscoe
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encores, Owner at Encores at the Empire Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2012

Thank you for taking the the to review Encores
Sorry to hear that you felt our restaurant had no" warmth "as our lunches are quiet busy and with a large amount of people on Time restraints we can understand your point.
In regards to your comment "make sure you book"please understand that we allocate tables as they are booked and then assign tables to our walkin customers as required this is a usual practice in most restaurants.
Thanks again
Mark Rawlings

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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Loved the ambience, food and staff here wonderful so was the wine list, great choices

Thank Suzanne W
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Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

Perfect setting for our 2nd anniversary dinner. The food was amazing!

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Thank Peppersgirl
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Management response:Responded July 10, 2012

Thanks very much for your review
Glad you enjoyed your night

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Reviewed May 28, 2012

As patrons of Encores on many occasions, I cannot fault the food and service given here. Mark and his staff are excellent and for a special occasion, you cannot beat the ambience and style

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Thank kerryandalToowoomba
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