SquareMeal Review of
The Whitehouse Restaurant Lochaline
”An unexpected nugget of delight” or “a little treasure in the middle of nowhere” – call it what you will, this unassuming family-run restaurant just up the hill from the Mull ferry is “worth the journey every time”. Simple white-walled interiors and rustic furnishings make for a homely atmosphere, setting the scene for honest, uncluttered cooking using the best ingredients the area has to offer. The owners plunder the local larder for everything from smoked venison to chanterelles, although spanking fresh seafood is the star attraction: hand-dived Mull scallops and creel-caught langoustines are top shouts, but the daily menu might also feature artfully simple dishes such as whole roast Mull lobster with vanilla or Highland crab salad with gazpacho dressing. There’s a “real commitment to quality” here, whether you’re offered treacle-cured salmon with candied lemon and home-baked sourdough bread or pan-seared Ardtornish stag liver and kidneys with capers and Tomatin whisky jus. Fans also praise the “wonderful steaks”, while dessert might include a flaming crème brûlée.