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Chef Kevin Dalgleish to open Amuse - his first restaurant in Aberdeen

Scottish chef, Kevin Dalgleish, is set to open his first restaurant, Amuse, in Aberdeen.

Published: April 26, 2022
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Located on Queens Terrace, Amuse will open at the end of May offering diners a refined, yet relaxed dining experience.

Amuse will be an informal 70-cover restaurant complete with a contemporary bar, private dining space, and intimate outdoor area, The Snug.

Kevin will draw on his classical training to create a menu that highlights the best local and regional Scottish produce available from land to sea, with a touch of classic French flavours.

The launch menu is set to include seafood from the coast of Scotland and a selection of dishes using regional suppliers.

Menu highlights include: Ravioli of West Coast langoustine and scallop with buttered hispi cabbage and shellfish bisque; Rump of Aberdeenshire lamb, pressed shoulder, glazed spring vegetables with green tomato jam and lamb sauce; Castleton farm strawberries, pavlova with lime and black pepper.

A lighter lunchtime menu will feature grilled seafood, seasonal fresh salads, homemade pasta dishes and specials.

On the bar menu will be a selection of seasonal cocktails including Rock Rose Gin and Glenfiddich perfect serves and signature Amuse cocktails created by bar manager Nicola Brown.

Guests will also be able to sit in the restored intimate outdoor space, The Snug, for snacks and cocktails or simply to relax with friends over a glass of champagne.

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The Snug will sit up to 12 people and private dining will be available with bespoke menus for up to 25 people.

Kevin Dalgleish has been one of the North East of Scotland’s most prominent chefs for the last two decades.

After training under the legendary Anton Edelman at The Savoy in London, he moved back to Scotland as head chef for 10 years at the exclusive Ackergill Tower where he started The Food of Love weekend.

These events saw him joined by some of the country’s top culinary stars from Angela Hartnett and Anton Mosimann to co-host private dining weekends.

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In 2012, Kevin joined The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen as executive chef where the concept evolved into The Signature Food Festival and became an annual event at the hotel.

Over the years the festival continued to attract the great and the good of the UK’s kitchens to cook for charity including Marco Pierre White, Phil Howard, Daniel Clifford, Glynn Purnell and Richard Corrigan.

Kevin has said: “It’s important to me to bring something new to Aberdeen.

"It’s my home and I’ve seen it change so much over the last few years and recognised a huge opportunity to breathe new life into the hospitality industry in the North-East.

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"After years of running some of the best kitchens in the city and cooking alongside the best chefs in the UK, it’s the perfect time for me to take the jump and open my own place.

"Amuse will be the perfect balance of good Scottish food, bursting with flavour in an environment that doesn’t feel stuffy or formal. It’s all about the food and I hope guests will appreciate that.”

To find out more and book visit the Amuse website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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