Empire Restaurant on Bangalore-Mysore Highway
I am very happy to introduce one more restaurant to the highway passengers on Bangalore-Mysore highway. I am regularly travelling between Bangalore and Mysore at least twice in a month. My regular eating point was Kamat Lokaruchi and my frequent visit made me bored of its taste, I started looking for new places and I found this place.
This drive-in restaurant is a kind of garden restaurant on Bangalore-Mysore highway which is able to attract the highway passengers with its beautiful appearance and wide parking space. Empire Restaurant has many branches in Bangalore along with many branches across India, Dubai, and in UAE. Empire is mostly specializing in non-vegetarian dishes and this branch is very recently opened on the highway at Maddur, about 1 hour from Mysore and one and half hours from Bangalore.
They are catering a wide variety of non-vegetarian, Chicken and Mutton, dishes along with a few variety of vegetarian dishes. Their menu has Kerala style, Hyderabadi style and their own style delicacies. Different kitchens are managing different variety of foods. A separate counter for Dosa, Raan, Tea, Grills, Shawarma, fruit juices, etc. at the entrance of the restaurant itself. An other small area is managing the Tandoor and a main kitchen for the rest of the items. Restaurant has a main hall as well as the garden for dining.
Last night I had my dinner at the garden in Empire restaurant. It was my first experience at Empire and I tried a variety of items and I was quite happy about their food as well as their service. The ambience of the hotel is very welcoming.
Watermelon juice and Chicken Kebab for the starter. Vegetarian Thali meals, Ghee Roti and Chicken Varuval for the main. I finished my dinner with a Pineapple juice. Thali include two coin paratta, Gobi Manchurian, Curd, Vegetable Kurma, Paneer curry, Dhal, Rice, pappad, pickle and a Sevian Kheer. Thali was accompanied with a complimentary fizzy drink ( I think it was Thumbs up or Pepsi).
Coin Paratta was something like the regular Kerala parota but it was a bit heavy and its size was very small. You better avoid the Ghee roti since it was not so soft to chew. Chicken Varuval and Empire special Kebab was excellent.
I saw something different there and it was Chicken Idly. I finished my dinner by the time I came across Chicken Idly. Not only Chicken Idly, they have Veg-idly, chicken Dosa and Veg-Dosa. I decided to make my second visit very soon since I couldn’t taste most of the items.
Even though Empire restaurant is on the highway, it is not easily accessible to those who are travelling from Bangalore to Mysore since it is located on the opposite side and there is no Median on the highway. So have to take a U-turn at the Adiga’s (an other highway restaurant) to reach the restaurant. Once you reach their, don’t miss the beautiful landscaping done at the surroundings.
Try at this restaurant at least once if you happened to cross the place.