Dean Banks’s newest restaurant, Dulse, has been included in the prestigious Michelin guide in its first year of business.
The beautifully relaxed Edinburgh neighbourhood seafood bistro and wine bar offers stunning food and drinks, including cocktails made with Dean’s own spirits brands Mond Vodka and Lunun Gin.
And it’s established a stellar reputation for dazzlingly crafted but simple seafood dishes.
Now added to the latest edition of the Michelin guide, it joins Dean’s other restaurants Dean Banks at the Pompadour and Haar St Andrews in being honoured by the foodie bible.
Dean said: “We are absolutely delighted that Dulse has been included so quickly by the legendary Michelin guide.
“We set out to do something very different from my tasting menu experiences at Haar and The Pompadour when we opened Dulse – it’s the kind of place I love, a relaxed and welcoming environment to have a few drinks and enjoy some spectacular dishes designed to showcase the very best of Scottish produce.
“It’s a real honour that Michelin have embraced this concept and included us so early in Dulse’s life – that’s down to the hard work of our incredible team, with of course special thanks to our group exec chef Dan Ashmore.”
The Michelin Guide said of Dulse: “Make it an occasion by starting with a cocktail in the ground floor wine floor before heading upstairs to enjoy terrific Scottish seafood.
“Traditional flavours, in dishes like Arbroath smokie tart and St Andrews lobster thermidor, sit alongside those boasting more of an Asian accent, such as Singapore-style mussels or crab with red Thai curry; whichever style you prefer, the quality of the fish and shellfish really comes through.”
Dean’s first pub, The Forager in Dollar, the most recent addition to his growing group, has also been making waves with its menu of comforting pub classics with a Dean Banks twist – look out for the steak pie inspired by his grandad’s favourite.
In fact Michelin posted recommending The Forager on social media at the weekend, saying: “The Forager – a pub with a big heart from Dean Banks in Clackmannanshire, Scotland’s smallest county.”
“It’s been an incredible week for us – times are hard in the hospitality industry so to have two of our businesses acknowledged by Michelin, one online and one in the iconic Guide, is a real boost to all of us.”