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Kota Restaurant with Rooms

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Pacific Rim seafood specialities on the Cornish coast

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Situated on the harbour head by Porthleven's shingle beach and the bay, Kota aims to bring a little of the Pacific Rim seafood ethos to windblown Cornwall. With a pair of guest rooms on hand, it's a streamlined operation, centred on a tiled dining room under an old beamed ceiling. Jude Kereama hails from New Zealand and brings the Asian-influenced approach of the southern hemisphere to bear on dishes such as Porthilly oysters with cucumber and rice wine granita in spring onion and smoked ponzu dressing, while salmon tartare is wasabied up and garnished with marinated keta caviar, avocado and a sesame tuile. 'Rockpool' is the signature main, an omnium gatherum of marine goodies in dashi broth, but there are also meat dishes such as five-spiced duck breast in teriyaki orange glaze with carrots, turnips and winter greens, while for vegetarians it may be pumpkin and quinoa pithivier with shiitakes and spinach. A fine balance of sweet and savoury is offered in a tart of wine-poached pear with Cropwell Bishop blue cheese ice cream and walnuts.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Thursday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Jude Kereama

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, Pacific Rim, Seafood
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 7
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Off-site parking available: On street, large car park behind restaurant

Getting here

B3304 from Helston into Porthleven, Kota on harbour head opposite slipway.

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Nearest train station

Penzance, Redruth
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