I've visited Empire on several other occasions since my last review but they have all been banquet dinners. This time however, it was just my family and I so we had the set menu for four on a lazy Monday night.
Food: Fish mau and crab soup was good. Fish and veggies came with very very fresh sweet peas. The sweet and sour spareribs were also well done, but my favorite was the pea sprouts in consomme. Crab was just ok, along with the dessert. However, the overall quality of the food was of a higher standard.
Service: was the best I've experienced in any restaurant for a long time. (Surprisingly) From some reviews complaining about service, I wasn't really expecting anything more than average service. Maybe because it was a slower night -- we were waited on by 3 servers, our soup was refilled, plates were changed twice, tea leaves were changed (not just adding hot water), and all servers were polite, speaking both English and Chinese fluently.
Value: $88 for six courses, plus dessert. The four of us walked away full, satisfied, and carrying two packs of leftovers. Given the quality of food, service and atmosphere, I'd say this was a great deal.
Recommended and will be back again.