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“Excellent Restaurant - Worth a Michelin Star”
Review of Kota Restaurant

Kota Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 24 Restaurants in Porthleven
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $38
Cuisines: Seafood, British, New Zealand
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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!
Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant - Worth a Michelin Star”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Porthleven is blessed with several excellent restaurants of which I would rate Kota the best. The food is beautifully presented, but this is not a triumph of presentation over substance as the portions are a good size and you are unlikely to leave here hungry. The food is complemented by a reasonably priced and varied wine list. Service is attentive but not overpowering. You will probably have to book and its only open between Wednesday and Saturday.

This restaurant is certainly Michelin Star standard and whilst the bill here will not break the bank I shudder to think what something of a similar standard would cost in London.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank pentangle99
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Essex Coast
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Top class restaurant”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

This really is top whack! Quality cuisine and a good wine list. Delightful setting and perfect service. Could not be faulted.

Visited September 2013
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“Gourmet food in a perfect setting”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

If you are staying in Porthleven, then I must recommend that you have a meal at Kota.

The food was absolutely amazing - better than many London restaurants and the fish was some of the freshest I have ever tasted in the UK.

I couldn't fault this place.

Visited August 2013
Thank Erf1984
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent Dinner”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

A gem of a restaurant!

We were on holiday in Cornwall and my husband had booked the table before we left home. I am a vegetarian and so often have to "make do" in restaurants so this was designed as a treat. The meal was excellent from start to finish and I couldn't resist the "vegetarian fish and chips", what an imaginative chef!!
The staff were friendly and helpful and I would certainly dine there again when next in the area.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Shirley A
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful fine dining”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

My husband and myself agreed it was one of the best meals we have ever had in a restaurant especially for the price we paid. Service was excellent, some lovely members of staff who were more than happy to help with our requests - I'm currently expecting so couldn't have anything undercooked (unfortunately!!) but the scallops were still beautiful as was the duck breast. My husband went all out and went for 2 fish/seafood dishes of a crab starter and John Dory main which he said was superb. Cold bottled tap water upon arrival which was free of charge and a nice touch, extensive wine list for 'by the glass' wines and a chocolate fondant to die for. All for £80.00??? Yes please!!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Donna T
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