The Empress

(16 Reviews)
141 Leman Street, London, London, E1 8EY
Indian, Caribbean


Main course: £8
Food spend: £24

Restaurant description

Voted East London’s best Indian restaurant for 3 years running, The Empress in Whitechapel has been serving authentic Indian and Bangladeshi food since 1993. Classic curry house favourites and regional specialities burst with aromatic flavours, with the Empress chefs exhibiting a selection of dishes from their home towns.

The diverse Empress menu features traditional north Indian dishes like hot garlic chilli chicken and lamb rezala. Tandoori classics include marinated king prawns, while duck and vegetable join the meaty choice of biryanis.

Tempting, fresh sides of spinach, okra and chickpeas are given spicy twists, with tasty chutneys and breads also accompany your meal. Personal recommendations from the Empress team include salmon korma and slow cooked Khala lamb bhuna.

Simply decorated and subtly lit, the wooden floored Empress restaurant is an inviting venue to enjoy fine Indian cuisine. Easy to spot on Leman Street, The Empress in London is a 6-minute walk from Aldgate East Tube Station.

Customer reviews for The Empress
(based on 16 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • breakfast (1)
  • business (3)
  • child friendly (1)
  • dinner (12)
  • entertainment (2)
  • large parties (4)
  • lunch (5)
  • private dining (2)
  • romantic (2)
  • value (9)
  • By Barry O from London
    11 July 2020

    Excellent service and great food

  • By Michael B from London
    28 January 2020

    Great food wine and especially super service

  • By Dave B from London
    17 March 2017

    Always excellent.

  • By Rachel L from London
    16 March 2017

    Fantastic food and service, and brilliant value for money!

  • By William W from London
    24 February 2017

    Wonderful food and service as always. The mixed seafood bhuna was short on Scallops and Prawns though.

  • By Bart V from Geleen
    24 October 2016

    We love Indian food and our trip to London had to include a visit to an Indian restaurant. We were not disappointed at the Empress. Great food, friendly staff and located close to our hotel.

  • By Perrine B from London
    21 May 2016

    Excellent food. Very good value. Lot of choice except for desserts (only very few ice creams and no fruits)

  • By Rob W from Southampton
    8 May 2016

    Great choice of food, with a friendly and helpful staff.

  • By Paolo D from Cuneo
    23 April 2016

    Wonderful indian cuisine

  • By Andrew D from Oxford
    26 March 2016

    Excellent dining experience

Restaurant Location Map
The Empress
141 Leman Street, London, London, E1 8EY

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