Empire is open every Wednesday evening


Due to popular demand, we’re opening from Wednesdays to Saturdays, starting dates to be announced.

“Gourmet” burgers we’re proud of.

We sell burgers every day, because that’s what you want, apparently.

Wednesday evenings we try a little harder.

Flat rolls we make right here (no soy).

Big, crispy onion rings, Empire-made mayonnaise, potato chips, hand made, bread free burger patties, all our in house sauces, our own pickles, a great tranche of crispy iceberg lettuce for moisture and texture.

This is the burger we’ve put together for you. We have ostrich, lamb, beef, free range chicken breast or a vegetarian patty made from channa flour (chickpea) and roast vegetables.

The sauce options are: MonkeyGland, Mushroom, Black Pepper, Cheddar Cheese or Peri-peri.

Side orders are available too – we have many, including bacon, avocado (seasonal), pan fried mushrooms, Emmenthaler cheese, garlic, chili,  roast pineapple slices, ham and even extra onion rings.

You’ll be pleased and probably a little intimidated when your burger lands on the table. Look at the burger image and you’ll probably see why :)

I’ve decided to include  other meals for variety, including steaks, linefish and pastas, after all, not everyone wants burgers for dinner.

We stock local craft beer too. Lakeside Brewery, by Pierre Charl, and Long Beach Brewery, by Roger Burton, are my favourites.

I’m proud of our food and I’m proud of the restaurant and the vibe. Visit us and see for yourself.



burger glow





Books books books

These days I Google as much as I read books for recipes and method improvement. The books on this shelf get a lot of usage still though, especially when I’m teaching interns and new cooks. My favourite is by James Peterson,”Sauces”. It’s very well written and informative; gives a little history and background and the recipes are accurate.


Empire Rainbow

Pictures of new menu items

Empire Nights


Thursday and Saturday evenings Empire is once again open for dinner.

We have an excellent selection of dishes – bring your lover, bring your buddy.

Internet access will be available to diners only, we have a 4Mg  “low contention” line.

You know you want to – we are very high quality at very reasonable prices.

A better way to get through long winter evenings.

A busy season!

Empire has had an excellent season – things got insane for a while for the first two weeks of January!

It’s pretty cool to see the “annual locals” each year. Some return each year from Europe/UK bust most simply return from Over-Vaal :D.

We’re in our tenth year now. I have some plans. Hoping to make some fundamental changes to the shop interior. Many factors involved though; lots of planning to do… pretty exciting stuff!

Have a great 2012 and don’t worry about that Mayan thing – in 2013 we can take the piss out of all the Gullibles :)


Rogue missile strike at Empire Cafe in Muizenberg


Empire’s wooden fish is “under construction”

Groundswell Surfboards ! Click here! :D

Soon Empire will have it’s own wooden fish (and at a later date an “alaia” too).

This one will be a quad 6’4″. MOST EXCELLENT!

Click the link above and feel the glow :D

Solo to the South Pole. Howard Fairbanks’ amazing journey

Please visit this blog : http://southpolesolohowardfairbank.blogspot.com/


Go read his blog. Go support the man. He is incredible. Strong inside and out.

Dominique le Roux, of  Moonshine Media  is his “anchor” , based in Kalk Bay.

He is able to communicate with us, through her, while on this amazing journey.

His posts are very honest and truthful.

Not a bullshitter, our Howard….



New Empire Cafe video!


Jar Cafe has shot another video of Empire Cafe. As much as I hate being on camera (neckface!) I really love the look and feel they have created.


It reinforces my work enjoyment as LOT.

Click their link and see their other videos ….