“Big flavours in classy local favourite” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
In the heart of central Belfast, refined and peaceful Deanes EIPIC is accessed via a bustling bistro and fish restaurant overseen by the same owner. A slate floor and palate of grey, black and white adds to the sleek, contemporary look with minimalist artwork but linen-clad tables and sumptuous seating adds a more formal elegance. Service from knowledgeable staff is also well-drilled, with dishes described in detail when served. Contemporary European cooking using local ingredients displays strong technique and flavours are well defined and clean. Start with extremely fresh scallops seared to achieve the correct caramelisation and served with fresh peas and broad beans finished with leek oil, sea herbs and a light, foamy shellfish bisque. Continue with a tender, crisp-skinned honey and soy-glazed breast of lamb topped with black garlic crumb, the richness balanced with miso purée, charred hispi cabbage and pomme purée. End your meal with a crisp and buttery strawberry tartlet with smooth meadowsweet ice cream and a flurry of micro basil leaves.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 30
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 1 week Easter, 2 weeks July, 25–26 December, 1 January
- Wines under £30: 17
- Wines over £30: 108
- Wines by the glass: 9
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The capital of Northern Ireland since 1920, Belfast is a solid Victorian city with many surprises in store. Although historically it has been at the centre of the Troubles and the well-documented conflict between Republicans and Unionists, today it’s a pleasant, peaceful and friendly European city.
It was built largely on the sea trading, shipbuilding and textile trades, with large public buildings that sit grandly amid fading red-brick terraces and commercial premises. Parts of Belfast are a bit shabby, but it’s modernising quickly along the River Lagan and around the heart of the city. Even in the less touristy areas there is plenty of life and atmosphere. Belfast people are generous with their time and help; they may speak with black humour and they enjoy conversation. The city is very easy to negotiate and there are a number of green and pleasant ways to get around: on foot or by bicycle, on one of the frequent city buses or cruising along the River Lagan on a boat.
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