Having read all the reviews of Kota, both on TripAdvisor, Good Food Guide and national and local press, we finally found an opportunity to visit. Being over 60 miles away from home, probably no the best decision on a weekday evening, but we were glad we made the effort. Kota is quaint and atmospheric, as is the village of Porthleven and I wondered when we first arrived if this could be the right place. But we were soon reassured seeing the wonderful food being served - well presented and interesting. We started with tempura battered oysters with wasabi mayonnaise - could have eaten these all night. Scallops on slow-cooked belly pork followed which was a novel and delightful dish, delicate and well balanced flavours. My partner had baked hake with a saffron risotto for main whilst I had a duo of duck. Both were lovely, but the duck had too many sauces, hoisin for the breast of duck and sweet chilli for the pancake roll. They were accompanied by a chosen dish of pak choi with a similar hoisin sauce and this made the whole dish a bit too sickly and this detracted from the excellence of the meat. Should have had the latter flagged as a possible contradiction. The dessert of chocolate fondant with white chocolate ice cream was great and overall we had a fantastic meal. Service was attentive and knowledgeable and very pleasant, no complaints at all. Downside was, believe it or not, the toilets. Both male and female facilities leave much to be desired and the Gents was decidedly in need of a good clean - disappointing and unnecessary.
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