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Kota Kai

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Celtic House, Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
+44 1326 574411
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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our 4th visit to Kota Kai, we decided to go for Sunday Lunch. The food was very good as was the pleasant service, however, if you are looking for a relaxing Sunday Lunch this would not be the place to go. It was very busy and very noisy, which was ok, but there was a children's party going... More 

Thank AG100
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would say this is one of the best restaurants in Porthleven. We have been here a couple of times now and can safely say that food is consistent in quality and very tasty. Can definitely recommend the curry or the chicken satay burger! Can't wait to come back again!

Thank James E
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70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for the last supper of our holiday. Friendly staff. Service a bit slow but we're on holiday so hey ho! Menu a bit random/worldly for Porthleven. Would have been good to have more fish options on the menu given that we were in a Cornish fishing village. We did have a lovely visit though.

Thank EnidandIan
Cam, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, and nice atmosphere. Battered halloumi was light and tasty, burger was delicious, cheese soufflé was perfect. Drinks took a while but only one person on bar and making cocktails etc. Price was reasonable for quality of food. Unfortunately, the waitress missed one of our orders, which was not a huge issue. We were a bit indecisive! Sadly we... More 

Thank Holly D
Helston, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am lucky enough to be a local, and have eaten here for lunch on several occasions. The crab sandwich is beautiful, and so is the squid as a starter. Great staff, and the view cant't be beaten.

Thank foodie0212
Helston, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always great food. Always good value. Great service. Always busy! Suggest you book as this is a very popular restaurant in Porthleven.

Thank 171Marianna
Bilbao, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the mulled cider, TomYum soup, Thai mussels, and Tempura fish burger. Our 21 month old loved the Massaman curry from the kids menu.

Thank Barry K
Launceston, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We've visited this restaurant several times before and it's still excellent. We went for Sunday roast and it was delicious.

Thank Nula82
Launceston, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Went for Sunday lunch, it was absolutely delicious. On holiday, started with cocktails a Kai Mojito and a Kai Fizz - perfect a starter of Tom Yum Broth then roast beef followed by a orange and rhubarb posset & an afrigato. All were wonderful. The service was friendly and professional. Only downside is they are busy with private bookings on... More 

Thank Paul F
Tiverton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

And some cracking cocktails, too! A fantastic fusion of dishes served with enthusiam and a smile!. Well recommended.

Thank Mr & Mrs N T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$40
Asian, British, Seafood, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Celtic House, Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Helston  >  Porthleven
  • Phone Number: +44 1326 574411
Kota Kai occupies the whole of the top floor of Celtic House and has unbeatable views across Porthleven harbour and beyond. Almost every table in the restaurant benefits from these views as the tables run alongside the many windows at the front of the building.The food is simpler than at Kota (our big sister restaurant), but all great quality using local ingredients and there is a fantastic variety of dishes including oysters, mussels, steak, burger and Asian dishes. We also have a selection of 'mini Kai', i.e. small plates such as salt & pepper squid, beef carpaccio, ham & cheese croquettes and mini fishcakes.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?