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Kota Restaurant

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British, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pacific Rim
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Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
+44 (0)1326 562407
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant is great. The staff were excellent and it was fantastic not to be rushed. once my birthday was meantioned it was not forgotten, a nice touch. The food was some of the best we have ever eaten, a real "master chef". experience. Every flavour and texture on the plate had a place, sounds pretentious but was honestly true.... More 

Thank Jackie L
Porthleven, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Kota is one of our favourites and when asked by my wife where would I like to dine for my birthday it had to be Kota. We had an excellent meal and being a village it was good to have a little banter with Jane the owner who is always smiling and full of life. It was a Tuesday evening... More 

Thank porthleven2015
Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited Kota as we couldn't get into a couple of other local restaurants as they were full. We were both hungry and the staff ensured that we were looked after without rushing things. A couple of slices of their homemade bread and a complementary mini fish cake a fruit drink (It was described much better!!) were... More 

1 Thank Saintman69
Helston, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Hadn't been to Kota for a while but it was my birthday and, for one reason or another, we didn't have the dogs with us. Kota has all three requirements for a superb dining experience - the room, the service and the food. The room is calm and restful and is tasteful without trying to steal your attention from your... More 

1 Thank John N
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We came across Kota watching Jude compete in the Great British Menu. Also, me being a kiwi, it would be treacherous if I didn't check it out while on mini-moon in Cornwall. We were not disappointed! It was the best meal we had both had for a long time! The duck mains was visually a work of art with a... More 

1 Thank ccoventrynz
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Such is the difference between the restaurant and the rooms here I have felt compelled to review them separately. Here I review the wonderful restaurant. Both the food and service were fantastic. The food was so beautifully presented and of such quality that you would have expected to pay more for it and the service was the perfect blend of... More 

1 Thank Mark N
Helston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Without doubt the most exciting food around. At a time when chefs seem to be elevated to celebrity for once, this is a chef that deserves his position of being recognised as one of the best in the area, something I heartily endorse. As someone frequently disappointed with food at restaurants, At Kota there is always an element of surprise,... More 

1 Thank Dee M
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here in July with my boyfriend, his sister and her partner. Booked about 2 weeks in advance and had no problem getting a table. Service was brilliant, friendly but not overbearing. Great cocktail menu, I can thoroughly recommend the Kota fizz! Set menu looked great value but we decided to go for a la carte. Such a great selection,... More 

1 Thank charlotte_0311
Gweek, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband's birthday, the food was amazing and the whole atmosphere and service really good. I would recomend this restaurant to anyone.

1 Thank Judy G
St Ives, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was actually a bit disappointed with our dinner at Kota at the beginning of July. The main reason for this was the lengthy wait between courses. The restaurant wasn't full, and yet we waited an hour between the various dishes. The food itself was good, but we didn't stay for desserts as we didn't want to risk yet another... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $40
British, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Pacific Rim
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Helston  >  Porthleven
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1326 562407
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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