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.
Kota is proud to be recognized by the Good Food Guide, the Michelin Guide (with two Bib Gourmand Awards), Harden’s Restaurant Guide, the Trencherman’s Guide, Square Meal and the AA (with two Rosettes).
Perfectly positioned on the Harbour Head in the idyllic fishing port of Porthleven and awarded 3* by the AA, Kota offers two double rooms 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 WAS SELECTED TO SHOWCASE HIS CREATIVE CULINARY SKILLS THIS YEAR ON "THE GREAT BRITISH MENU" ON BBC2.
Jude’s dishes were quite a hit with the judges, in particular his ‘Life in a Rockpool’ inspired fish course. Visitors at Kota Kai have the opportunity to taste Jude’s creative dishes and to watch the master at work in our open kitchen, and on the stage of the Porthleven Food Festival. 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. Jude and Jane’s restaurants are named after the Maori terms for shellfish (kota) and food (kai).
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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