For more than 20 years Michael Deane has been the leader of the Belfast culinary pack, and in 2014 he reinvented his flagship operation with no fewer than three distinct restaurants in one building. The Meat Locker, which has 80 covers, is a new beef-driven grill room inspired by London's Hawksmoor steak-house chain. Menus come on meat hooks, while a "salt wall" is used for dry-aging locally sourced beef. In the new extension is the upscale Eipic, a classy round table,
evening-only (Tuesday–Saturday) 20-seater restaurant and Champagne bar offering a £60 six-course tasting menu. Running beside these two eateries, in an elongated conservatory, is the rebranded seafood restaurant Love Fish. A less formal approach is taken here, capturing a bright Hamptons or south European feel with Brentood steel chairs and artwork by local painter Brian John Spencer. Lunchtime staples include a soy-glazed salmon burger, crispy fried monkfish or moules frites, with main courses starting from £6.50. Truly one of Northern Ireland's most extraordinary food experiences. The Deanes empire also includes Deanes Deli Vin Café in Bedford Street, Deanes at Queens in the university area, and Deane and Decano on the Lisburn Road (check website for details).