Harden's survey result
“Fabulous, small plates of fishiness” – “each mouthful a truly memorable experience” – help inspire nothing but praise for Nathan Outlaw’s “tiny and atmospheric” spin-off venture, which has a “fantastic location”, “set on the quayside” of this Cornish fishing village and “doing full justice to the locally caught produce”. Compared with his posh gaff, dishes are “simpler, but just as fine in their own way”, and even fans of both establishments may feel that “although it’s not as pricey or fancy as his main place in town, this is actually better value and more enjoyable”.
“A delightful tiny restaurant with a tiny kitchen serving tiny plates of deliciousness” – Nathan Outlaw’s “casual”, more affordable spin-off provides “an exciting and appetising tasting menu” of “extremely good” fish and seafood “tapas”.
“It’s worth queueing outside in the rain for an unbookable lunch table in this intimately cramped room” – Nathan Outlaw’s more affordable spin-off, serving “fabulously tasty” fish tapas (“I always wonder how they do this in such a tiny space but they do”). But even fans acknowledge that “prices are on the high side”.
Nathan Outlaw’s “crushed, tiny, no-bookings” venture has a “gorgeous”, “quaint” location in this “busy, touristy village”, and inspires adulation for its “cracking” small, seafood dishes. When it comes to the portions though, “for small read minuscule!”
Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We are not devotees of the small/shared plates formula but the promise of a Nathan Outlaw adaptation was too much to resist and we were more than pleasantly surprised by our experience here. With just 8 tables the restaurant is more or less obliged to have two sittings and we were on the early shift so it did strike us that we could be rushed. However, all was relaxed and the dishes on the “to share” menu were nicely spaced out so that we were able to proceed at our normal leisurely pace. We went for the recommended wine and to our surprise the South African Albariño proved to be very well up to the job with zing and body enough to match the various fish and their cures. We attacked a delicious shared mackerel dip and sweet cucumber with mustard seed with some very good sourdough toast which also served to mop up the pastis soured cream backing up the superb brill which came just as it was cured and also with a light touch of orange, of all things, as well as interesting pickled fennel. The rest of the dishes came as one portion each, which we were happy to see, the first being superb cured gurnard with a brilliant chilli oil which had an amazing boost of lime. Then came the dish of the evening - crispy spiced monkfish, the coating with a hint of curry and just perfect light texture, and a lovely coriander cream. The “side” of Cornish potatoes with garlic and parsley butter provided a suitable background to the outstanding fish although we did rather think a slightly less garlicky version would have gone better with the following dish. And what was effectively the main course gave us another treat in the form of a whole Dover sole, perfectly cooked and so easy to take off the bone and beautifully matched by excellent lemon and caper butter to give us a modern classic meunière. Finally our palates were tickled by a baked Alaska with its very good Italian meringue, passion fruit and peanut. It is a truism that good professional service to back up good cooking gives rise to satisfied customers, and true to Nathan Outlaw form that is what we enjoyed here. Dining experience rating: 17/20"
"Visiting the same day as Prawn on the Lawn in Padstow set up an interesting comparison. Both with striking cooking, clearly celebrating local produce, Fish Kitchen possibly a bit less boldly inventive than Prawn. Tiny cosy and evocative dining room, probably would have been awkward if we'd been taller!"
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
1 Middle St, Port Isaac, PL29 3RH
|Number of Diners:|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm|