Ninth Wave Restaurant is chuffed to have won the highly-contested Restaurant of the Year Award 2013 in the Highland & Islands Food and Drink Awards, announced on Friday night in Inverness.

This year’s gala event, hosted at the New Drumossie House Hotel, was attended by a glittering array of 300 of Scotland’s finest from the food and drink sectors.Very much the underdog, Ninth Wave beat out 4 other finalists including a Michelin starred restaurant and well-known Whitehouse in Lochaline, in the most competitive category of these prestigious awards.

Chef Carla and fisherman John Lamont opened their wee but perfectly formed seafood restaurant just outside Fionnphort in 2009 during the worst of the recession abut have gone from success to success. Ninth Wave’s ethos is “Hedonism on a Plate, where sustainability meets luxury”

The secret dining judge from the awards said she was most impressed by the genuine welcome, the bold flavours and Jonny’s ClarkKent trick of quickly changing from his fishing oilskins and wellies into his kilt and sporran for an evening of waiting in the restaurant.

Carla said “I was sooo surprised that we won! I screamed like I was on a game show and nearly crushed poor Jonny to death before making it up on stage in tears to accept the award.”

Ninth Wave offers unique food that does not bow to trends. Their croft garden grows heirloom herbs and veg found in both old Scottish recipes and Asian culture, paired with the tastiest food from land and sea around Mull.

Also shortlisted for the Enviroment Award, Ninth Wave amicably lost out to well-known environmentally aware business Island Bakery Organics on Mull.

Fast becoming a destination restaurant for the Isles, Ninth Wave is also the Finalist for the Central & South West region for the Restaurant of the Year 2013 in the upcoming Scottish Thistle Awards sponsored by VisitScotland.