Houston >Food & Dining > Cafe Empress
17505 State Hwy 249, Houston, TX | Directions 7706429.957058 -95.543247
Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-10:30pm
Hidden Jewel of North Houston – When I first drove by I thought it was Cafe Express and never really cared about it until a friend of mine told me that there is this wonderful restaurant on 249 and gessner. I went to meet him up and then realized that it was not a cafe express but cafe empress. I went inside and was amazed. From the outside it looked as if it were some type of joe bloe place, but as I walked in I was very surprised. Beautiful contempary design and awesome lookin bar. Sat down and then had one of the best meals I've had in a long time. These guys need to advertise more. I looked on the wall and saw that they one some national awards as well. To my surprise this place wasnt corporate. Anyways Loved it.
Delicious Asian Fare and Beautiful Presentation!! – Still the best Asia fusion food in town - one of our favorites. We are definitely regulars to this restaurant and after trying out the restaurants around the area (Taipei, PF Changs, Hido, etc.) I wish they were located closer to town so more of our friends could try it out. Everytime we go in, we order something different...someimtes I'm in the sushi mood, sometimes steak/wine mood, sometimes Chinese food mood, but most of the time I go, I order their Chilean sea bass and get amaretto chocolate souffle to finish it up. Great ambiance - always guaranteed a great dining experience.
Scott Chen is back !!!!! – Scott Chen has brought back all the favorites that made Empress one of the best
Fusion Chinese Restarant in Houston. The Hot and Sour Soup is as good I remember
from the previous incarnation and the Fillet Mignon cubed is to die for. The service
is friendly and accomidating.
Pseudo Sushi in the Willowbrook Area – Everything I ordered from the Sushi Bar was, while fresh, VERY BORING. I ordered a roll named after the restaurant and found it to be overpriced and unimaginative. I think they are going for a different taste, as most rolls are topped with sweet teriyaki sauce, which I thought was a mistake.
The sushi chef was either taking his lunch or had other tasks to perform in the kitchen. Each time I ordered a roll he would appear again from behind closed doors. Clearly this restaurant does not make ends meet by way of tips from the sushi bar.
I dont know why the Willowbrook area restaurants serve this pseudo sushi. They should at least own up to it and ask a pseudo price for their efforts.
A revival of the 1960 area favorite with a similar name, this Chinese fusion restaurant also features a sushi bar. – In Short
With a slick and contemporary Chinese-urban decor, Cafe Empress serves up a wide variety of traditional and original Asian-inspired dishes (look for holdovers from the Empress of China menu). Popular items include walnut shrimp, lettuce wraps, pot stickers, dumplings and a hot-and-sour soup that's a favorite of regulars. The sushi bar stocks fresh fish and shellfish and features daily specials designed by the resident chef. Dishes can be ordered with extra spice if desired.
So happy this restaurant is back! – After an abrupt closure last year, Empress is back! My favorite dishes from the old location are still on the menu and as good as ever. Shrimp with honey coated walnuts, Beef a la Scott, and Hot Sour Soup among others. There is a sushi bar at this new location with many unique rolls and very fresh sashimi. The service is friendly. The atmosphere is casual. I can't wait to go back!
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