Welcome to Kota
Kota, meaning ‘shellfish’ in Maori, (chef Jude is half Maori, half Chinese Malay) is set in a 300 year old building, right on the harbour front of the historic village of Porthleven. From here, Jude works his culinary magic on the best local produce using his signature Asian twist.
As of November 2018, Kota has been named 'Restaurant of the Year' from Cornwall Life Magazine. A tremendous award we couldn't be more proud to receive.
Jude has been awarded Best Chef by the Trencherman's Guide 2019 and is proud to be recognised by the Good Food Guide, the Michelin Guide with a prestigious Bib Gourmand Award, Harden’s Restaurant Guide, the Trencherman’s Guide, Square Meal and the AA (with three Rosettes).
Perfectly positioned on the Harbour Head in the idyllic fishing port of Porthleven and awarded 4* by the AA, Kota offers two rooms (one a large family room) with en suite bathrooms for those who want to extend their stay.
Our Seasonal Menu
LOCALLY SOURCED, AND WHERE POSSIBLE, ORGANIC
Perfectly positioned on the Harbour Head in the idyllic fishing port of porthleven, Kota has quickly become one of the best-kept secrets in the South West
THE MAIN MAN HERE AT KOTA & KOTA KAI, CHEF JUDE KEREAMA HAS JUST BEEN AWARDED 'BEST CHEF' BY THE TRENCHERMANS GUIDE AWARDS 2019 - A HUGE HONOUR FOR HIM AND KOTA.
Having won awards in both Auckland and London before heading to Porthleven to open Kota with his wife Jane, Jude’s dishes are individual and exciting, taking inspiration from his half Maori and half Chinese Malay origin.
In 2015 Jude was invited to take part in BBC2’s Great British Menu as one of the South West’s three representatives. His infamous fish course dish was such a hit it has been awarded a permanent fixture on the a la carte menu in Kota for diners to experience for themselves.
Jude's laid back charm and easy going nature proved to be popular with the GBM audience and has since taken part twice more, invited back to the program in both 2016 and 2018.
PERFECTLY POSITIONED ON THE HARBOUR HEAD IN THE IDYLIC FISHING PORT OF PORTHLEVEN, KOTA HAS QUICKLY BECOME ONE OF THE BEST-KEPT SECRETS IN THE SOUTH WEST
Porthleven exudes Cornish charm and tradition with arguably the most impressive harbour in Cornwall, being constructed during Napoleonic times. Around Porthleven harbour there are a wide range of historic buildings including many fishermen’s cottages and net lofts. The white painted buildings which catch the light reflecting off the calm water in the inner harbour, the temperate climate of the area and the fresh air coming in from the Atlantic all combine to enhance the relaxing atmosphere of Porthleven.
We booked this restaurant after seeing Jude Kereama on the Great British Menu, and being impressed with his creativity on the show. We can honestly say that it is amongst the most flavoursome and imaginative food we have ever eaten. Added to the great food, the staff were very attentive, the location was great and the wine was excellent!
DAVID & BARBARA – 27/08/2015
From entering the restaurant until leaving over 2 hours later, we were made to feel welcomed and relaxed. We were also surprised by the little extras, tasty amuse bouche and home baked bread. The food was fabulous and we were left very satisfied and contented.
COURTWILDING - 01/08/2014
"Wonderful Food" It was the best meal of this trip. We have ordered scallop and fish soup as starters. Love both. The duck was absolutely a delight. Perfectly cooked with great flavours. The cod was also good. It was a fantastic dinner.
Kar Man – 01/04/2016
"Excellent food and service" Pretty hard to fault really. From front of house through to food and atmosphere, top quality, not at all pretentious, friendly service with a big smile. We stayed in their rooms, which are both fine - but the highlight was the fantastic full English breakfast.
CORIXA - 24/12/2015
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