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“Great Place - on the way to a Michelin star - almost”
Review of Kota Restaurant

Kota Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 26 Restaurants in Porthleven
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $42
Cuisines: Seafood, British, New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, 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!
Reviewed February 24, 2011

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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Thank 622billy
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Reviewed January 10, 2011

We were attracted to this restaurant by the board outside which said 2 courses for £14.95...if you ate before 7.00pm...I think maybe a winter deal? Set Menu with several choices within it. We are discerning lovers of good food so were so pleased with what we chose to eat...well thought out mix of ingredients/flavours...EXCELLENT! What was also nice was [ and I have discovered my best restaurants do this!], is that they offer you a good selection of bread regularly to complement small portions [but you do not want a large portion of rich and flavoursome food!!]. Definitely coming back to eat here when we stay in Porthleven again.

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Reviewed December 6, 2010

The food was fantastic both at dinner and and breakfast (we were staying in the B&B upstairs). The service was polite, speedy and with a smile. We often come to Porthleven in the summer but had never been to Kota, I assure you we will go bck there every time we visit from now on!
We stayed in the smaller room for two nights. It was comfortable but didn't have the best view. I understand that the larger room at the front has an amazing view of the harbour so I would suggest you request it.
Would highly recommend Kota and will definitely be staying there again.

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Thank FussyTraveller1981
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Reviewed November 6, 2010

My husband and I have been visiting Porthleven for years, as much as we love the place it's Kota that keeps drawing us back! The food is out of this world and is so different to anything we have ate elsewhere (trust me we love our food and dining out) the only trouble is when the food arrives it looks too stuning to touch. If you're ever in Porthleven or within a 10 mile radius check this place out, you'll always get a fab welcome and far too delicious food, thats for certain!

Sam and Rob from South Wales

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Thank woody0075
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Reviewed October 17, 2010

In celebration of our 7th wedding anniversary we booked a meal and a room at Kota and it lived up to our all our expectations. Our room was spacious and over looked the harbour and the evening meal was superb. The service was second to none with friendly efficient staff and the food was very tasty, we especially like the tempura oysters and chocolate fondant.

The home smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for breakfast were great and needed to be walked off on one of the beautiful coastal routes.

Already planning our visit next year!

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Thank sayyit
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