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Kota - Porthleven

Harbour Head, Porthleven, Cornwall, TR13 9JA
Find this popular bistro-style restaurant, with rooms, at the head of the harbour, opposite the slipway.

Chef/co-proprietor is half Maori - the name Kota coming from the word for shellfish in that language; while the kitchen specialises Fusian-style dishes prepared with local organic produce, plus the local fish from the day boats.

A summer menu listed 'Falmouth Bay Pacific Oysters - in various ways'; 'Herb Potato Gnocchi with Tomato & Basil Sauce & Grilled Mozzarella'; 'Ham Hock Terrine with Puy Lentil Salad & Homemade Piccalilli' and 'Seared Local Scallops with Belly Pork, Soy Ginger, Cider Apple Purée & Chives' among the starters.

'Beer-Battered Line Caught Pollack with Fries, Salad, Wasabi Tartare & Pea Purée'; 'Thai Yellow Curry with Monkfish, King Prawns & Pineapple, with Jasmine Rice'; 'Five Spice Rare Venison Fillet with Roast Salsify, Poached Pear, Braised Savoy Cabbage, Espresso Essence & Juniper Jus' and 'Cornish Rib-Eye Steak with Celeriac & Potato Dauphinoise, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Spinach, Red Wine Sauce & Sage Butter' listed among the mains.

If you still have room - desserts are just as tempting, with perhaps 'Chocolate Fondant with Espresso & Tia Maria Ice Cream'; 'Spiced Plum & Lemon Brulée with Shortbread & Spiced Plum Sorbet' and 'Rhubarb Parfait with Granny Smith Apple Sorbet' among the offerings.

The restaurant is particularly popular during summer months - so booking is absolutely essential unless you are very lucky!
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Fusion
  • Dinner: Mon-Sat (plus some Sundays during the summer), Thurs-Sat Winter 17.30-21.30; set D between 17.30 & 19.00 £21 (3 courses); mains from around £14 to £22
  • Seats: 30
  • Wine: a concise, but well-chosen list, has modest mark-ups, - plus a good selection by the glass
  • Children's portions: Yes, when possible
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Nearest station: Penzance Rail
  • Directions: See the map on this page.
  • Closed: L all week, all Sun, 25th & 26th Dec, 1st Jan to mid Feb.
  • Rooms available

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good fusion dishes - seafood in particular
good fusion dishes - seafood in particular


Contact Details

Tel: 01326-562407
Address: Harbour Head, Porthleven, Cornwall, TR13 9JA
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