Empire Cafe is well established, having opened in December 2002 with strong support from locals and tourists.
Situated in the tourists’ popular surfing town of Muizenberg, Empire Cafe has excellent views of the ocean toward Seal Island, home of the Great White Shark.
Customers enjoy the convivial atmosphere and excellent quality, robust meals. New items regularly appear on the chalk board menu.
The Empire bakers provide real butter croissants, ciabatta & brown farm loaves daily, along with a wide range of biscuits and confectionery.
Snack platters and catering is provided on request.
As a table of 2, we left after 10+ minutes of no service as a larger group (which arrived well after us) is greeted by 2 different waiters. Tip chasing at 9am on a relatively quiet morning just lost you 2 customers, for now.
Buyer beware: the toilets are virtually INSIDE the kitchen. No idea how the health department hasn't taken action. Some time ago, I ordered an alfredo-like dish, asking for the wine to be left out of the sauce. The cook put vinegar in it as a replacement. I have literally never tasted anything worse. We sent both plates back uneaten and were made to pay for both. I took to visiting for breakfast on Saturday mornings, but made the mistake of ordering the "chocolate" croissants. Some kind of brown-coloured starch was used to make them look chocolatey, but there was no chocolate in the croissant. Since it was called chocolate, it didn't come with butter or anything to relieve the dryness. Abysmal. Weeks after that, I ordered a different croissant dish with bacon. The croissant was mostly raw. The bacon was so burned I couldn't cut it. The eggs were unsalted. Again. I sent it back. I was made to pay for it yet again. They didn't even throw in a free coffee for their error. I have finally learned my lesson and won't be returning.