Well-known Scottish chef Kevin Dalgleish is to open his first restaurant as proprietor later this month in his home city of Aberdeen – Amuse, in Queen’s Terrace.
Kevin trained at The Savoy in London under the great Anton Edelman, and returned to northeast Scotland to head kitchens at Ackergill Tower then Aberdeen’s Chester Hotel. He helped put the region on the culinary map as organiser of the Food of Love Weekend and Signature Food Festival, which attracted big-name chefs including Daniel Clifford, Glynn Purnell and Phil Howard.
Amuse will provide a classical, French-inflected take on Scottish produce, with a lighter lunch menu featuring grilled seafood and home-made pasta. The main restaurant accommodates up to 70 guests and there is also a private dining room, an outdoor area for 12 called The Snug, and a modern bar serving cocktails.
Kevin 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 here.
“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.”