Review on Kota Restaurant with Rooms
Jude and Jane Kereama hail from New Zealand but have made quite a name for themselves in Porthleven. Their latest venture is Kota – a skilfully restored 300-year-old corn mill close to the local harbour; formerly Critchards, it now operates as a cool restaurant-with-rooms dealing in modern British food with fusion overtones.
'Kota' is Maori for shellfish and it's no surprise to find abundant local seafood on the menu. The fusion shows in Thai-spiced crab bisque with saffron aioli and Parmesan croûtes, seared Falmouth scallops with yuzo fruit and orange syrup, roast garlic and Jerusalem artichoke purée or haddock tempura with teriyaki sauce, wasabi mayo and fries. Other dishes stay closer to home: mussels and clams cooked with leeks and Cornish cider, monkfish wrapped in Parma ham, and grilled fillet of local beef with mushrooms dauphinoise potatoes and bordelaise sauce, for example.
To finish, there are classics like tarte Tatin with rum and raisin ice cream, although toffee-banana and marshmallow spring rolls with brazil nut and praline ice cream might raise a few eyebrows. Two-course lunch and early-evening menus are outstanding value and the 60-bin wine list looks 'down under' for much of its inspiration.
Kota Restaurant with Rooms is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Modern British / Fusion
Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 6.00 – 9.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card