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Empire Chinese Kitchen

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 2 reviews )
Contact 207-747-5063

575 Congress St, Portland, Maine, USA, 04101

Serves meat, vegan options available. Modern style Asian fusion and dim sum restaurant. Could get vegan dumplings, vegetable stir-fry, a few of the appetizers, plus noodle dish without the meat - be sure to specify. Prices are moderate to slightly expensive. Open Mon 11:30am-9:00pm, Wed-Sat 11:30am-10:00pm, Sun 11:30am-9:00pm.

Category: Chinese, Beer/Wine, Asian, Fusion, Non-veg

Reviews (2)

First Review by cookiem

Tasty, and lots of options - Edit

Empire Chinese is easy to over-look, but it is definitely worth a visit. They have small plates, dim sum, and larger plates. Everything is appropriate for sharing. My husband and I shared two different kinds of vegan dumplings, garlic green beans, and kale noodles. Everything was tasty, came out fresh and hot, and just made us happy. The green beans and noodles were my favorites. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxing and our waitress was super friendly.

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Asian Fusion Labels Vegan and Gluten-free - Edit

If you're in downtown Portland, you will probably, as a veg*n, hop on towards the Green Elephant, but, if you want something more authentic in Asian cuisine and don't mind being in a non-veg restaurant, Empire is an incredibly tasty choice. I was suspect and skeptical, to say the least, that this place would have anything near authentic for dim sum or Asian or Chinese cuisine, but I was wrong.

The menu is easy to navigate because they label everything that's vegan and gluten-free. It's so cool. There are at least 6-8 incredibly delicious choices for vegans who are also gluten free, and 2 more choices for vegetarians.

You cannot go wrong with either or both dumpling choices: spinach or mushroom chive. The latter is pan fried on the bottom, so it's super special like that. The fillings are similar, but the latter has, well, mushroom and chive, and the former is way more spinach. I could have eaten all of these dumplings easily and then been happy with some baby bok choy and sautéed garlic green beans and been done. Delicious.

For good measure, they have an awesome kale and rice noodle dish (gluten free and vegan!), as well as a fried rice. The drink list is just as impressive with sake, beer, wine and cocktails. No dessert, though.

Delicious, fresh, steaming hot food that hits the spot. Make reservations if you can, because this place is hopping! 4 cows because I am surprised that Portland has a great choice like this!

Pros: Vegan items marked and delicious, Authentic flavors, Baby bok choy

Cons: Not 100% vegetarian, Busy busy busy - i.e. wait time

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