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Kota Kai

Celtic House, Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
+44 1326 574411
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“massaman curry” (27 reviews)
“jasmine rice” (11 reviews)
“tempura fish” (12 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Celtic House, Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
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Reviewed today via mobile

This is the second time visiting Kota Kai and love the food there. We went on one of the theme nights they hold in November. It is mainly Asian inspired food and very tasty. Would definitely go back again.

Thank Rich2220
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We’ve visited this restaurant a few times on our visits to lovely Porthleven and it’s always been good. This time however we thought it had excelled itself. The food we had was just delicious. Starters of Bao bun with duck and the squid were sublime...More

Thank NotAbby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

10 of us dined at Kai for my sons 21st Birthday. We had a brilliant night, drank delicious cocktails to start, then ordered our food, loved the duck ramen dish, the ingredients are always so fresh, each dish is beautifully presented and very tasty and...More

Thank katieem64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly welcome at this restaurant, where we were looked after by the excellent Jenna. We had a bowl of olives before our starter, which were great value. I have paid twice as much for half as many olives elsewhere. I chose a Bao Bap...More

Thank OxfordTim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and lovely atmosphere (although very bright haha maybe dim the lights a little!) Bao buns were a highlight, as was the feather blade steak and the massaman curry. Fantastic Asian flavours and huge portions, you had better be hungry when you arrive. Fab...More

Thank Loll1603
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time staying and eating in Porthleven and decided to try Kota Kai. Really nice setting and without wanting to sound like Micky Flannigan, the whole place had a nice ambience. Great recipe, took a along time to choose and a nice selection of drinks...More

Thank Alan C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great welcome from the staff. Fantastic bao buns - soft white and fluffy filled with deliciousness (duck or pork belly in this case) wonderful crispy tempura oysters. Once the starters were done we were ready for mains and they didn’t disappoint. Kids had the crispy...More

Thank SciRad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate lunch here with four generations of our family. Seriously good food. We had tempura oysters and salt and pepper squid to start followed by Laksa, duck ramen and fried fish. All dishes were freshly cooked and delicious. Great grandmother, 6 month-old great granddaughter...More

Thank JonH31
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a cracking meal here with my wife. Mussels in a Thai sauce and a prawn salad were both great to start. Fried fish with jasmine rice and Asian slaw was to die for. Staff are amazing great front of house and staff really friendly...More

Thank Pete R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. Maybe it was what we chose but every mouthful just exploded with flavours! I am so pleased we visited. Great service and friendly staff. Breakfast was also excellent as was the table football which my husband played with thd staff. Don't miss out. This...More

Thank JillOO_11
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Questions & Answers
16 May 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from JaneKereama | Property representative |
No, we don't allow dogs inside, but we have tables outside on the Harbour Head (weather permitting!) where they are more than welcome.
katie t
9 November 2015|
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Response from Christine L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't know, they have different hours summer & winter. We always ring & book if we can.
4 October 2015|
Response from JaneKereama | Property representative |
Kota Kai is open for lunch every day except Wednesdays, and dinner every evening except Wednesday and Sundays.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, Romantic, View
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
  • E-mail
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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