The Empress

About The Empress

The best Indian restaurant in the East End? So say The Empress' loyal following. What we do know is that the quality of service and cooking has been consistently excellent since the Islam family opened their multi-award-winning venture in 1993. That the quality of dishes never falters despite an astonishingly diverse and big menu hints at the kitchen's expertise. Persian, korai, balti, biryiani, North Indian, tandoori, shellfish - whatever kind of Indian meal you're after, you'll get it here. If you try only one of the chef's specials, make it the lamb rajshai (a medium dish with with baby mangoes). A genuinely welcome from a superb staff and an unique décor of traditional hand-crafted wooden artefacts complete the worthy picture.

The Empress has won prestigious awards such as: Top Indian restaurant in the dockland and east London area
Top chef and waiter and family Indian restaurant award in the docklands and East London

The Empress Chef's Selections


- Empress mixed starter (nazakat, pancake kebab and khadom phool) £4.95
- Empress stuffed peppers (stuffed with spicy chicken or lamb) £4.95
- Lamb chops (tender lamb chops in a unique indian sauce) £3.95
- Mysore chilli prawn (king prawns cooked with fresh cooked green chilies, red onions and served on a masala papad) £4.95

Main Course

- Jhinga garlic (skewered king prawns with a garlic sauce grilled in tandoor) £4.75
- Tandoori king prawns (king prawns marinated in spice and cooked on a skewer over charcoal) £4.95
- Cox’s bazaar shamuk (supreme of chicken dipped in maison of gram flour and deep fried) £4.75
- House special chat (chat masala used on chicken/potatoes or chickpeas to produce the original flavour) £3.95
- Pancake kebab (pancake stuffed with delicious spicy lamb) £3.75
- Khadom phool (minced lamb covered with spicy mashed potatoes, coated with sesame seeds and then deep fried) £3.75
- Nazakat (chicken grilled in the tandoori, delicately spiced) £3.95
- King prawn butterfly (dipped in batter and then shallow fried) £4.50


Additional Information


141 Leman Street, E1 8EY

Nearest tube:

Tower Hill

Average Price:

24 and under

Opening times:

Mon - Fri 12pm - 3pm & 6pm - 12am
Sat- Sun 6pm - 12am
Bank Holidays 6pm - 12am

Dress Code: