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29 July 2014
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Empires Turkish Cafe, Tea House & Bistro

24 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, Central Scotland EH1 1SU

£24.00 Turkish Central Scotland
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 5-11pm (Fri-Sun 12N- )

Square Meal Review of Empires Turkish Cafe, Tea House & Bistro ?

This oddball Turkish eatery is a bit of a puzzler – a cash-only drop-in without a drinks licence (although you can BYO); that said, Empires could pass for a buzzy bolthole in bohemian old Istanbul rather than Old Town Edinburgh. Service strikes a laid-back note, & the food aims for wholesome sustenance rather than innovation. The menu is largely based on mezze, with most of the familiar names on show (falafel, haloumi, borek, dolma); alternatively, fill up with moussaka, kofte (beef & herb meatballs in tomato sauce) or char-grilled chicken beyti in flatbread with tomato & red pepper sauce & garlic yoghurt. Mint tea & Turkish coffee with baklava round off the experience.

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