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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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Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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145 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Menu very different, everything well presented - next time I'll have the blade of steak (having seen people on next table enjoy it). Not only does it have a "real ale" they know how to serve it (with sparklet) so has a head to enjoy beer through. All waiting staff absolutely fantastic, made us feel welcome

Thank fennyWarks
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having seen Jude Kereama on the television a couple of times I really fancied trying some of his food. Happened to be in Porthleven on the night of a Chinese Malay set meal night in Kota Kai so decided to give it a go. Menu included 5 dishes and a glass of beer for £20.00 which I consider to be... More 

Thank Simon R
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173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had breakfast here as we had stayed at the Kota restaurant, across the road, and you have breakfast at this restaurant included in your stay. The views over the harbour are amazing, even in November! As you would expect the food was hot, well presented and very tasty.

Thank Longlegs1969
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took advantage of the Chinese/Malay Night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would have tried Kota as well, but ran out of days! A definite fir next time.

Thank Xnij
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Happened by and had an early dinner, not disappointed, the menu offering was intriguing so we ordered blind! We were very pleased with our meals, service and attention to detail first class. We will visit again, thank you Kota, your special, pity you close so early in the evening didn't want to leave!

Thank Richard S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Came here just over a year ago and had a wonderful meal. Was looking forward to coming back and was so excited to have the Massaman curry again. It exceeded my expectations and was even better than I remembered. The staff are very attentive but do not crowd you and the food is just incredible. If you don't eat here... More 

Thank Chris H

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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, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?