Mull couple make a splash at food awards
A MULL couple are riding on the crest of a wave after winning restaurant of the year for the second time in three years at the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards.
John and Carla Lamont, who own the Ninth Wave Restaurant in Fionnphort, won the award last month at the event in Inverness, hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay.
The environmentally-friendly restaurant takes its name from Celtic sea mythology, where the ‘land of other-worldly delights’ begins at the ninth wave.
Carla explained: ‘Ninth Wave is a destination organic seafood restaurant on the wild Isle of Mull. Menu ingredients are picked fresh from our kitchen garden or seven-acre Hebridean croft.
‘John, a local fisherman himself, will not only catch your lobster and crab on his wee fishing boat, the Sonsie, but will also be your waiter and wine steward for the evening.
‘In an industry where words like ‘freshest’, ‘local’ and ‘provenance’ are used with annoying and increasing frequency – and sometimes questionable accuracy – we feel we stand a cut above. ‘ Fresh’ means lobsters brought in, live in a bucket an hour before service by the fisherman- owner, and where ‘foraged’ means handpickedwith- care by the chef on the restaurant croft that day.’ Ninth Wave has helped put Mull firmly on the food map since it was opened at the height of the recession in 2009 by the husband and wife team, and first won the coveted award in 2013.
The restaurant beat five other entries, including Michelin-starred Eriskay Hotel and The Whitehouse, Localine, to win.
Carla added: ‘The contest was fierce and we were surprised to hear our name announced. Supported by our unbeatable staff, we have tried very hard to keep our standards up, and endeavoured to improve every year.’
John and Carla Lamont with their award, centre. They are
pictured with comedian Fred MacAulay, far left.