|White Sake Sangria|
|Hot Night in Bangkok|
A few days before dinning at Empire we asked the restaurant for some suggestions via Twitter. One of the suggestions were the Spicy Salmon Rice bites composed of seared sushi rice, a spicy salmon topping, and togarashi special sauce. This was one of the least successful dishes of the night. The dish is crispy, has both notes of sweet and savory, and achieves a good balance between hot and cold. Sadly, the combination of flavors is just ok. Apart from its stunning presentation there is nothing really memorable about this dish.
|Spicy Salmon Rice Bites|
Next came another one of our waiter's suggestions, the Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings. As one of the specials on the menu these wok fried wings with jalapeño and cilantro shocked us when they reached the table. The neither looked, nor tasted as they were described. Our waiter described this dish as being similar to "Korean fried chicken," which is usually extremely crispy and full of flavor. These wings were a bit on the soggy side. The flavor of the breading and topping was delicious, however once you reached the actual chicken the flavor seamed to disappear. Lackluster is the word that comes to mind when we remember this dish.
|Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings|
|Red Dragon Roll|
|Empire "House Maki"|
|Beef & Kim Chee Fried Rice|
To read our previous review of Empire visit http://www.bostonfoodandlove.com/2012/07/empire.html.