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“Excellent food in a very attractive restaurant”

Ninth Wave Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Fionnphort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $161
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Intimate seafood restaurant owned by Fisherman/Chef, Husband and wife team. The menu changes daily allowing us to serve the freshest ingredients, sourced from local fisherman's catches and crofter's bounty. Our Croft-grown produce and Organic Meats figure prominently on the menu. Lobster, crab and fish are often caught only hours before appearing on your dinner plate, by owner John, a Scottish fisherman who will also be your waiter for the evening. Hedonism on a Plate.Evenings only. Children over 12 welcome. Seasonal.Closed Nov-April 18th. Tuesday-Sunday. Booking Required.
Isle of Mull, Scotland
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“Excellent food in a very attractive restaurant”
Reviewed December 3, 2009

Carla Lamont, chef and co-owner of 9th Wave, is a multi-talented person. Not only does she create delicious and unique dishes but she is a published poet. Her husband, John, not only provides fresh seafood from his fishing business but cuts a handsome figure in his kilt as he serves as maitre d' and waits table. I definitely recommend this restaurant!!!

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“Simply Magnificent”
Reviewed November 2, 2009

Had the pleasure of sampling the undoubted pleasures of The Ninth wave in late August. Our visit was sandwiched between visits to a couple of Michelin starred establishments in Edinburgh. Without a doubt this place is on a par with anywhere I had the pleasure to eat. A visit to John and Carla's is a must

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Oxford
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“Delicious!”
Reviewed October 24, 2009

We were staying in Carsaig and wanted somewhere special to celebrate our anniversary and found a reference to this restaurant in the visitors' book at our cottage. It sounded sublime so we booked a table and were so glad we did. The food was delicious and the atmosphere intimate and relaxing. It's a small restaurant, beautifully decorated, with an imaginative menu and discreet but friendly service. A wonderful experience.

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Glasgow, Scotland
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“If you're in Mull, a dinner at the Ninth Wave is not to be missed”
Reviewed October 23, 2009

We were truly surprised to find such a good restaurant hidden away on the very edge of South Mull. Yet, if you're on the island, we strongly recommend to reserve a table (reservation is mandatory). The atmosphere inside is quit and comfortable. The choice from the menu is not too wide, but there's something for everyone. And the quality of food... simply exceptional. We went for the 5 course dinner (2 starters, one main, dessert and cheese platter) and never regret the choice: every single dish was mouthwatering and presented in a nice way. A very good timing in the service allows you to enjoy each one, never waiting too long for the following. We enjoyed every single aspect of the evening, but a special mention goes to the simplest thing: the bread!

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“Best Seafood Restaurant on the Isle of Mull”
Reviewed October 23, 2009

The Ninth Wave is a New Restaurant in Fionnphort, (south-west Mull) which opened 1st May 2009 but seems to have already laid claim to – and taken – the title of best seafood restaurant on the island.

Personally owned and run by a husband and wife team, it seems that John and Carla Lamont have managed to establish, in less than 6 months, a restaurant that can only go from strength to strength.

John has been a Scottish fisherman for most (all?) of his working life and it is he who sources the raw ingredients for the restaurant, selling on any surplus, while Carla, a Canadian Chef, sets about transforming the ingredients into dishes fit for the highest table.

The dining/restaurant area is actually a converted byre, however the interior transformation is such that, judging from the inside, unless John had not told me I would not have guessed the building’s origin. John and Carla reside in the now renovated bothy which shares the kitchen with the restaurant.

The interior décor of the restaurant is clearly of eastern influence … so it is somewhat surprising when a man (John) in full Scottish traditional dress emerges from the background.
So begins an evening of contrasts …

At the Ninth Wave the seafood is allowed to speak for itself. I had both the crab and lobster (each dish served separately), neither dish was served with – or ‘drowned’ in – a sauce that obscured the flavour of the seafood. Instead the delicate meat was served in its shell with a separate kind of cheesy/savoury creation which complemented the meat on the opposing side of the plate.

Do not worry about tackling the shells of any crustacean with which you may be presented at the Ninth Wave as a full set of implements are provided so that the diner is able to extract the meat.
If you are not confident in how to dismember and eat a crustacean then the Ninth Wave will be an educational experience as John (who serves) is only too happy to explain, and demonstrate, how the implements should be used and the sequence in which they should be applied.

To accompany the seafood courses I had a couple of glasses of the very palatable organic house white wine.
The house white has obviously been carefully chosen and is reasonably priced.

My only disappointment at the Ninth Wave was that the dessert menu was entirely comprised of ‘tea infusions’, chocolate and caramel/toffee creations – none of which appealed to me (I do not take tea). John was quick to point out that this was my loss – if such desserts appeal to the reader, then you are in luck!

Despite skipping dessert, having spent 5 hours walking up Ben More earlier in an attempt to work up a proper appetite, I left feeling that I had over eaten, having managed a total of 4 ‘waves’; 3 generous portions of seafood with a further a ‘wave’ of cheese and biscuits.

However, I did manage to find a small amount of space for coffee and one of Carla's luxurious chocolates.

CONCLUSION:

Despite the desserts not being to my taste (which is a personal preference), given the generous portions, the quality of the ingredients, the truly high standard of cuisine, the very agreeable wine (at reasonable price) and personable table service, I have no choice but to give full marks for a seriously enjoyable meal.

The Ninth Wave is for lovers of good food seeking an intimate dining experience.

I sense that the dining experience at this restaurant is still being formulated – I look forward to discovering the changes that have been made during my future visits to Mull.

I WILL be returning to the Ninth Wave – it is a credit to the island.

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