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Kota Restaurant

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Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
+44 1326 562407
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Munich, Germany
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've reviewed this place before and we've made a point of returning every year since then, never leaving disappointed. Well, four years on from that first visit, I feel compelled to write another review, because they really outdid themselves this time around! The starter was a pure joy. Porthleven crab with tuna tartare was bursting with flavour in every forkful.... More 

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Launceston, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To celebrate my 70th and the end of our holiday we saved the best till last! We were so pleased to go back to Kota, the food is excellent, the staff professional and friendly. We started with the Porthleven crab and tuna tartare which my wife really enjoyed and I had the tempura oysters followed by the lamb dish and... More 

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Grand Baie
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been eating at Kota for almost nine years now and the food has, if anything, improved (if that were possible). Our last visit was probably one of the best yet, all our food and wine choices were delicious, and the blue cheese ice cream dessert, quite simply one of the best I have ever had (and that includes... More 

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Plymouth, Devon
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165 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving along, I mentioned booking a table at Kota Kai Restaurant to my partner and she duly started to type the name... good old Google... the name and details came up really quickly (she's with a better 4G provider than me) and she rang the number. Booking made for 8p.m. We arrive at Kota Kai, the intended restaurant, and sit... More 

Thank plymouth
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here having wanted to do so for some time and I have to say we were not disappointed. The food is a clever combination of great local produce with a hint of Asian inspiration thrown in to pep things up - it's all done very very well. The staff were friendly and could not have been more helpful... More 

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Newton Burgoland, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed our evening at Kota to celebrate my wife's birthday. Attentive and knowledgeable staff plus the excellent food made it a night to remember. An additional vegetarian starter was rustled up without any fuss. Whilst the meal wasn't cheap, it was special and was worth every penny.

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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called Kota having read a review of the place in one of the local Cornwall review magazines and booked an early doors table as we were staying at Rick Stein's in Padstow and a bit of a jaunt across country. Arrived a bit early and spent a very pleasant afternoon walking around the harbourside and a quick pint in the... More 

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Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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300 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last came in September and was blown away by the amazing meal. Since then they have won an award for innovation and I was curious to see if they could maintain the standard. Not only maintain it but exceed it. The staff are even more confident and assured. The food tastes even better and the experience is even more worthwhile.... More 

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are spoilt in this restaurant. The service is perfect and the food sublime. You can stay at the restaurant as B&B guests, so you don't have far to travel after a lovely meal! I would say that one of the two rooms available is a little 'tired' but comfortable. We will certainly eat here again.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in the harbour view room above the restaurant for two nights (reviewed separately) and ate in the restaurant on both nights. On arrival we were promptly shown to our table where we were allowed plenty of time to chose from the menu whilst sipping on a special offer priced locally produced gin and tonic. There were two menus... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$38
Seafood, European, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Helston  >  Porthleven
  • Phone Number: +44 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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