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“Possibly best in Cornwall”
Review of Kota Restaurant

Kota Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 25 Restaurants in Porthleven
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $39
Cuisines: Seafood, British, New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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!
London
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“Possibly best in Cornwall”
Reviewed November 7, 2009

Very good surroundings and atmosphere, slightly pretentious crowd but overall pleasant and relaxing.

Food was creative and very tasty, a mix of wholesome ingredient and interesting flavours that easily rivals many top restaurants in London.

We had the scallops for starters which was possibly the best we have had anywhere, probably best in Cornwall. For mains we had fillet steaks and a lamb duo, both of which were simply great, very fresh meat and great presentation yet good value for money.

Recommended.

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Shropshire
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“A great Restaurant which challenges Rick Stein”
Reviewed October 25, 2009

Kota – Porthleven

This restaurant is a real challenge to Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow in terms of the quality and imagination inserted into its menu. On the night we visited mis week in late october, we enjoyed oysters, sea bass with an exceptional accompanying sauce and John Dory – an exceptional dinning experience – well worth the travel.

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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“The food was fabulous.”
Reviewed October 16, 2009

The food was fabulous, the best we've eaten, really. Not too pricey, in fact excellent value for money. Good, friendly service. This has got to be one of the best restaurants in the UK. There, that's saying something. We're just customers, no allegiance to this restaurant. I'm very quick to criticise if I feel I haven't got what I paid for, but not in this case.

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“Beautiful food, great service, lovely owners”
Reviewed October 15, 2009

We've just returned from having a wonderful meal at Kota - which we had chosen after reading about Jude (owner/chef) and his wife in the Telegraph. We were down in Cornwall during our honeymoon and were looking for something special - and we found that at Kota. The food was delicious - we both had seafood for our first two courses. We both had scallops which were delicious and then had Sea Bass and John Dory. Both our main meals were superb with really exciting and unusual flavours. By sheer coincidence Jude and his wife ended up dining next to us. We took the opportunity to talk to them and they were both lovely people - very friendly, genuine and modest people. We think they well deserve lots of continued success.

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Nashville
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“What a fabulous meal!”
Reviewed September 26, 2009

You know just from looking at the menu that a meal at Kota is going to be special, but even the tempting descriptions don't do justice to the beautiful food they serve here. My meal with 3 friends this past week was superb from beginning to end. We dined on everything from salmon tartare which practically sparkled in its freshness, to lovely rich baked gnocchi, to a gorgeously spicy green curry monkfish, to duck beautifully prepared 2 ways, to a decadent molten chocolate cake with homemade espresso ice cream. Everything was thoughtfully prepared, perfectly seasoned and beautifully presented, and the service was friendly and spot on. I was staying in Porthleven and only had to walk down the hill to this lovely restaurant, but it's well worth driving that extra mile if you're staying or living elsewhere in Cornwall. For me, no trip to Porthleven is complete without dinner at Kota.

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