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“Get your mind ready for an experience...not just a meal”

Outlaw's Fish Kitchen
Ranked #2 of 29 Restaurants in Port Isaac
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Imagine a small fishing cottage by the dock with the ground floor converted to ake about 20 diners and a kitchen no bigger that a Bentley.
Now imagine no main courses but a long list of starters ( rather in the style of the old Menage a Trois restaurant in London 20 years ago). Just order...and keep ordering until you feel full and fat. Be ready for surprises, exquisite freshness of wish, wonderful artisan beer, smart staff who could work at Goldmans in their day job, and a kitchen that doesnt fluster or fail. Thats why its worth going to Port Isaac.

The test of exquisite freshness in fish is, for me, a mackarel. These were on toast and caught that day. The crab cakes delight, the white fish is touched with Asian i think, and you might aswell just keep going down the blackboard because there is nothing you wont like. Desserts are equally delicate, fresh and imaginative.

Alot of restaurants say they differentiate on freshness and seasonality but i have rarely found a restaurant which leaves you with a deep understanding of just how good food can be when its meets these criteria. Outlaws does and its a triumph.

Go casual, be prepred to roll with the experience and just let them bring it on. Its what they do best here.

1  Thank Noel G
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Reviewed 25 July 2014

‘Small, original and delicious’ just about sums up everything about Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen.

The modest white painted building with an array of many-paned windows faces out onto the street only a few yards from the quay. Inside, the low dining room painted white and blue and hung with charming seascapes, is a cosy, sociable space abuzz with diners.

The menu is based around small seafood plates that are perfect for a flexible meal based around an ongoing selection – one is reminded of tapas. We found sharing five plates was sufficient, though we are not big eaters and others may opt for more, perhaps the ‘Outlaws Fish Kitchen to Share £35 per person’. Of our choices the Grilled Mackerel and the Outlaw’s Fish Burger topped the bill, but that’s in no way to belittle the Grey Mullet, Whiskey Cured Sea Trout and Shoestring Potatoes, which were excellent. (By the time we ate (see below) there was no baked Port Isaac Crab left, unfortunately.) The dessert of Dark Chocolate Brownie, Quadrupel Ale Ice Cream (complementing the sweetness of the brownie beautifully) and Espresso Syrup was perfect. Good coffee rounded things off.

I have only one criticism about the meal. We started with Marinated Olives and Smoked Almonds, fine, but why were the almonds in the olive oil? But maybe that’s just being picky

There are perhaps two words of advice for those having a shared meal of these small plates, as we did: unselfish restraint with the fork is called for and both parties should eat at the same pace.

If you are planning to go it’s helpful to know that there are timed sittings. We left booking to the last minute and were offered 6.00 pm (too early) and 8.45 pm (a bit late). The restaurant usually reckons on about 1h 45m for a meal. We opted for 8.45pm and come 10.30pm were under no pressure to leave – for which we were rather grateful, happy to delay as we were the steep walk back up to our bungalow on the hill. That was neither small nor delicious.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

What a fantastic day and what a fantastic meal .The waitress was running the restaurant on her own and was very knowledgeable about the menu , which is not always the case. The food is served tapas style. It is not the biggest menu at lunch time, but everything was absolute perfection .I have been a fan of Nathan Out law's for ages and I have not been disappointed, I would have to recommend the fish burger and definitely the chocolate brownie with quadruple beer icecream ,not had a brownie as good as it ....EVER! I am now trying to engine another trip there soon. ?.very soon .It's well worth a visit .

Thank He C
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

This is a small restaurant in an iconic location that served us a wonderful lunch full of unexpected and delicious flavours. This is not the place if you want to stuff yourself with pastry and chips. However, if you have time (and money) to indulge in the finer pleasures of life and wish to pass an hour sampling the tastes on offer, such as succulent, sweet cockles or hoppy ice cream with lush chocolate brownies, then this could just be for you. Wine is essential to enjoy the hedonistic delights fully - the Sauvignon was a perfect companion. Perhaps, to give diners a greater sense of value and to satiate those with larger appetites, it would be a good idea to offer an unlimited supply of bread (and a range of types) to mop up every morsel of flavour. Yes, it was more than we would normally spend on lunch, but we were not robbed - this restaurant does not live up to its name!

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3  Thank Steven T
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Lovely little place in the stunning setting of Port Issac. Decent sounding taster menu and cheerful waitress provided a promising start. A few small, but mostly satisfactory, plates later and we left for home somewhat underwhelmed but not really moved to complain. Servings were small which was not a problem but there was nothing to get the pulse racing. The signature 'fish burger' was the least successful of the dishes in my view being bland and not a little stodgy. I wouldn't rush to go back but would if I were caught in a unexpected shower whilst hanging around the harbour I might just try pop in for a spot of lunch to see if it was better at the second time of asking.

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1  Thank Nick D
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