The Empire strikes back

EMPIRE Modern Restaurant and Steakhouse, in the Safari Centre in Central Las Americas, is renowned for great British food and amazing steaks.

But it’s finally back, and what we have all been waiting for – The Empire Sunday Roast. Only served during the winter season, we got to try it on the first weekend it returned.

There are a lot of good Sunday dinners in Tenerife, but none of them come anywhere close to Empire’s Sunday lunch, served from 1.30-5.30pm, with live music on the terrace. There really isn’t a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and many people agree, so booking in advance is a must!

On the Sunday-lunch menu there is a selection of starters, and, for the main, you get a choice of four types of meat, each with their own selected accompaniments, plus all the normal Sunday dinner favourites. You can even go for The Big Roast, which includes all four meats.

There is a selection of desserts including a good, British, rhubarb crumble, and a light cheesecake (if you have space). There is also a vegetarian alternative, so they can also have the full Sunday dinner experience, too. Last, but by no means least, they do a herb-crusted, 1kg prime roast rib (for two people), with  all the trimmings.

There is also a children’s menu, which is, basically, a smaller version of the adults’ menu, so they don’t feel left out. Taking a look at the menu, it was quite easy to decide; The Big Roast it was. This included 28-day, aged, sirloin beef, belly pork with black-pudding stuffing, rosemary and garlic lamb, and lemon-and-parsley turkey.

You also had all the accompaniments; cauliflower cheese, red cabbage, minted peas and roasted parsnips. But it didn’t stop there. There were roasted and mashed potatoes, carrots, runner beans, Yorkshire pudding and Empire gravy.

Sitting with a group of family on the terrace, listening to the live singer, with a nice bottle of wine and watching all the food go past, I came to realise exactly how much food you got on the plate – it was enormous!

When the meal arrived, it looked and smelt amazing. It was beautifully presented, with good, separate portions of all the side dishes, to serve yourself. My daughter’s eyes lit up when she saw the Yorkshire pudding. It took up half her plate, and was beautifully crispy and golden brown. It was also served with extra gravy on the side, because you can never have too much Empire gravy.

All the meat was perfectly cooked. The beef is served to your personal taste, so I went for medium and it was perfect. The turkey was moist and succulent, and the lamb was packed full of flavour. My favourite, though, was the belly pork. It was sticky and tasty, with perfect crackling, and the black-pudding stuffing served with it was rich and delicious.

The mash was lovely and creamy, and the roast potatoes were just how I like them – golden brown and crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. All the accompanying vegetables were very tasty and cooked perfectly; no soggy vegetables here!

The glue that ties the whole dinner together is the gravy. Get the gravy wrong on a roast dinner and it’s disastrous, but get it right, and it makes the whole meal. Well, Empire definitely has it right. I thought my mum made the best gravy, but, sorry mum… this tops it!

Clearing the plate was a challenge, but nothing was left behind because it was so delicious. You don’t really worry how full you are; it has to be eaten.

It’s a really nice atmosphere at Empire, so you can take your time, enjoying the afternoon and waiting for your food to go down, so you have room for dessert.

There is an extensive wine-and-drinks list to enjoy, and, with the normal, friendly, high standard of service from the team at Venture, nothing is too much trouble. So sit back, relax and enjoy.

I will be back. I have already had a request from my daughter to go back to the place with the best ever Yorkshire pudding. I recommend you get a table booked, and don’t miss out.






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