As the title of my review states, this is a good place to go to for first time visitors to Sri Lanka. That's not to say that they don't offer good local food. They have on their menu a curry and rice meal as well (see attached picture), and it tastes pretty good, but that's about all there is for local fare. The rest on the menu are mostly western food such as French toast and English breakfast, as well as burgers, macaroni etc. So if you are not accustomed to Sri Lankan food (which would be a surprise because they taste really good!) or you miss western food, then The Empire Cafe is a really good restaurant to visit. The restaurant interior is rather quaint and charming, its staff are really friendly and the food pretty good.