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Empire Cafe Gallery and Bar

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by Aloo (subscribe)
Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you. I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published February 23rd 2013
Make yourself comfy
The moment you enter the Empire, you feel as if you are visiting an old friend living in a share house. It's friendly, grungy, and comforting.

In the corner of the front room, there is the kitchen. From the kitchen I was asked to take a seat wherever I wanted. On the walls are skateboards, old signs and Ninja turtle memorabilia. I take it this is the gallery.

Decor on the walls


I visited on a weekday and almost all the tables in the front were occupied. Luckily there is more space out the back and there are a couple of tables out the front, where you may also sit with your dog.

Watch the cook and be served at the same time!


If breakfast is your thing, the Empire has an all day breakfast. For example french toast with bacon and ice-cream. They also do lunch every day and it's a venue for Friday night drinks too. They apparently do a mean cocktail, (expresso martini anyone?) not that I thought I should try it at 10am!

Empire has a separate vegan menu. There are a number of big breakfast type vegan meals, for example the herbed mushrooms, roast basil tomatoes, baby spinach and avocado with sourdough is one option. If you are after vegan food, they also have Mister Nice Guy vegan cupcakes which are always delightful.

Gluten free diets are also catered for although you may need to ask, as there isn't a separate GF menu!

I had the vegan spanish eggs for something different. It was a hearty serve ($12.00). With two pieces of sourdough toast, homemade napoli, baked beans and vegan cheese with herbed mushrooms and spring onions. It was tasty, and the staff seemed to really care to hear what I thought of it.

Vegan spanish eggs, without the eggs


The service is so refreshing, but a little slow at times. I think they just want you to relax, so if you want to speed things up a little you may need to ask.

Overall a soul enriching experience. Free wifi too, in case you were wondering. Lots of regulars by the look of it and the coffee hit the spot too.

Shop front
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Why? Friendly vibe, great food options & quality food
When: Breakfast and lunch seven days, later on Fridays
Phone: 0402 328 969
Where: 295 Sydney Road Brunswick
Cost: Cheap to moderate
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