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Kota Restaurant

Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
+44 (0)1326 562407
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Ranked #3 of 21 restaurants in Porthleven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Pacific Rim, British, New Zealand
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2013, Kota is also proud to be recognized by the Good Food Guide, Harden’s Restaurant Guide, the Trencherman’s Guide, Square Meal and the AA (with one Rosette). Kota is also part of Cornish Accredited Restaurants and has been praised many times in both local and national editorials, including The Times and The Telegraph. Kota was named in the Top 50 Summer Restaurants in Britain in August 09, and voted ‘The Big Eat’ in the top 10 pan-Asian eateries July 2008.)This publicity, together with word of mouth, attracts many locals, as well as foodies from Padstow, Bristol and London seeking a weekend of fun, fine dining and stunning coastal walks. And don’t miss out on a ‘Storm-watching’ break during those wild winter months (great B&B deals to be had!Chef/owner Jude Kereama is a New Zealander who has won awards for his restaurants in both London and Auckland before moving down to Cornwall.Kota specializes in organic fish and farm produce and has an exciting daily changing menu.Kota is Maori for shellfish (Jude is half Maori, quarter Chinese and quarter Malaysian) and the restaurant is renowned for its stunning seafood with Jude’s signature light Asian twist.Jude and his wife Jane, who started as a protégée of Antony Worrall Thompson 20 years ago, are passionate about wine as well as food and have created an enticing wine list of over 90 wines from all over the world. Even Decanter Magazine has praised it!There is a lovely bar area where guests can enjoy fine wine, cocktails, cold beer or a warming digestif.Don’t forget to book a room so you can truly relax!
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English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The best meal of my holiday in Porthleven. I had the stuffed courgette flowers to start, hake for the main course and the cheese plate with Cornish Blue, Cornish Brie and Cornish Cheddar to finish. Service was good and every course including the free amuse bouche at the start was delicious. If you're in the area book early as this... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

the food at this restaurant is,simply put the,the best in the region.it would certainly be among the top flight in london.the staff are very attentive without being over the top.a wonderful culinary experience.you must book as it is fairly small and very popular,a must especially for a special occasion and ,as one of us is vegetarian,they cater very well for... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Stayed at the b&b in a triple room. Very clean and spacious. Great location. Only niggles were that we paid for 3 people but there were only 2 cups and 2 shower gels and 1\2 a loo roll - a fresh loo roll is much nicer as I don't know who was in the room before. The friendly staff soon... More

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

They let us dine with kids in tow. Hadn't booked. Early evening weekday. Ate from the set menu and main menu. Fantastic service. Good food.

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Cambridge
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Based on the reviews, we had high expectations of this restaurant. Descriptions of the food as 'Asian fusion' are not really accurate: this is a somewhat schizophrenic menu, including some very ordinary European dishes, some Malaysian, but nothing exciting or innovative. The wine list was equally disappointing, and the wines by the glass poorly selected. The front of house staff... More

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Stratford-upon-Avon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We booked to dine here on a busy Friday and were delighted that they were not fully booked as we had heard good things bout the place. We were not disappointed. From the minute we walked through the door to the minute we left we were treated to a master class in customer service and exquisite dining all at a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I have recently just left the beautiful Porthleven after a weekend away from London with my Parnter. We stayed in the B&B and ate at Kota Kai each morning and also dined in kota, plus managed to be treated to take away deserts! I would highly reccomend to try boat! It is rear that you manage to come across new... More

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We booked here over the phone last minute not long before leaving work and were delightfully booked in. We arrived and were seated straight away and were looked after all evening by great friendly staff and served with splendid tasty food. The veg plate was brilliant and something different than just a choice if veg lasagne or tomato soup which... More

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We spent ten days in Cornwall, eating out, and this was the best experience of all for my wife and I. The name and Maori origin of the chef made us uncertain at first, but the food was excellent. You need to check opening times to avoid disappointment. Otherwise, it's not just an addition to our list of restaurants in... More

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

From entering the restaurant until leaving over 2 hours later, we were made to feel welcomed and relaxed. We were shown to our table by a very friendly and helpful male waiter and he remained our waiter for the evening. The menu was varied and we ordered from both the special 2 course menu and from the a la carte... More

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