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The Empress

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141 Leman Street, London E1 8EY, England
+44 20 7265 0745
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 00:00
Mon - Wed 12:00 - 14:30
Thu 12:00 - 14:00
Fri 12:00 - 14:30
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a group of 10 we were very well attended by Shakir, Kash, Faruk and Shapon and received drinks immediately (Goa beer a new one to me and really good) and food in about 20 minutes, brought to the table all at the same time so no-one was left waiting. While the restaurant was economical in terms of space, i.e.... More 

Thank WillCave
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good service n very good reccommendation by kash and shipon. Very happy to come here and would come again! Thank you very much

Thank sincerodavveroo
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Service was good, food very tasty and all in all a good experience. Would use again when in the area

Thank Jon P
Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to The Empress for a meal after having it recommended. The staff are very friendly and attentive. I was very impressed with the menu, the prices are very good and the portions are really, really great. I am a big eater and was very satisfied. The quality of food is second to none and will definitely visit again.

Thank Darren W
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best Indian food in the area. Consistently good King Prawn Sizzler, highly recommend. Plain nan and lentils are a MUST. Friendly service always happy to answer you any question yo have about the menu. Give them a chance to surprise you.

Thank WurzD
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87 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went her on a recommendation and the reviews seem generally good. The place does not look like much but who cares. What was annoying is the service. If you close the kitchen at 14:30, you cannot start being obnoxious at 13:50 and looking us away. The staff was generally uncaring, shortish and almost rude. The food was nice, plentiful,... More 

Thank Tycho L
Sedona, Arizona
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123 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located at the end of a not so attractive block of shops, almost under an overpass, this narrow little restaurant has some great Indian food. While the prices are reasonable, be aware that everything is ala carte. That said, you can construct a great meal to your liking, complete with a "heat" level. The wait staff is attentive to the... More 

Thank Sedona_JimS
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

We have been coming to The Empress for over two years now, both to the restaurant and takeaway. The food is consistently very good and the service is of a high standard. The Empress really went the extra mile recently, by continuing to deliver to us even though we have now moved out of the area! Dishes I would highly... More 

Thank AlexYGoldsmithsRow90
Toronto, Canada
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70 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We had to get an Uber to come here because it was a Sunday night and everywhere else was closed. When we got there we realized they were closing up yet on their website they were supposed to be open for another hour. I notice this is common in London where they close up earlier than what they advertise which... More 

Thank jennnny26
crowland, lincolnshire, uk
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224 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Came here following TA reviews as staying in the area. The exterior in the dark and rain is nothing special and the restaurant almost empty. Tempted to walk on by but in the rain thought I would give it a go. Glad I did. Extensive menu with some interesting and unusual dishes. Those I tried were excellent and portions generous.... More 

Thank mozart21
foz i, Manager at The Empress, responded to this review

Hi Many thanks for visiting our restaurant,i am really pleased to earn that you enjoyed our food, however you point out that the ambience was less desireable as the restaurant was quiet empty when you dined with us. Now this is because it iis quiet normal in this area that januarys is always very dull and not as busy, Specially... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$25
Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
18:00 - 00:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 Leman Street, London E1 8EY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Whitechapel
  • Neighbourhood: Whitechapel
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7265 0745
Come and experience fine dining in one of the best Indian restaurant near Tower Bridge, London. The Empress Indian restaurant offers you a superb range of great tasting Indian food with a modern twist in comfortable, contemporary and a stylish surrounding. Our restaurant is situated walking distance from Tower Bridge. Our aim is as it always has been, to give all our guests the best possible dining experience from start to finish. Our latest menu has a larger array of new choices of delicious authentic Indian dishes, that has been cooked selected to delight your taste buds.With Our fresh and fabulous signature dishes, The Empress has already become hot favourite in the heart of East London.

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