Coming from Cornwall I have been spoiled with lots of amazing seafood on my doorstep. A key figure in Cornish seafood is the wonderful Nathan Outlaw, who has several restaurants around my home county, but sadly restaurants that aren’t too kind to the bank balance.
Back in September I took my mum (a fellow seafood lover) to celebrate her birthday to his latest restaurant in the area Fish Kitchen and we weren’t disappointed when it delivered some of the most delicious dishes we have had in a long time.
The restaurant is situated in the heart of Port Isaac, at the top of the slipway to the harbour. I can’t recommend a walk around the cliffs enough (though I would say that) to work up your appetite and take in the true beauty of the setting.
Fish Kitchen is tiny but this is what makes it even more special. It feels so intimate and the staff go above and beyond to make sure you are looked after and try everything you want to! Based around the idea of ordering several small plates it’s a great price point for such quality seafood.
What we ate:
- Crispy ling with chilli jam – little lollipops of crispy fried fish, cut through with the seetness and heat from the jam. I could have eaten three plates of these.
- Raw brill with smoked anchovies and basil – this was a real surprise for me as the description doesn’t really do it justice. So fresh and moreish this was a great start to the meal, and in contrast to some of the more heavy dishes that followed.
- Rosemary and cheese crumbled plaice with jalapeño mayonnaise. Cheese and fish I hear you cry? But yes this works (always trust Nathan Outlaw) and is just straight up delicious.
- Grilled mackerel with a basil dressing. Mackerel is one of my favourite fish and if it’s on a menu I order it. This was one of the best I have had and the dressing perfectly cut through the oilyness of the fish.
I know this is the part where I am meant to write about the things I would change about the food but I truly can’t find one thing. If you want a taste of Nathan Outlaw’s cooking, at a snip of the price, this is the place to go. It’s a Cornish girl’s dream and I can’t wait to go back and eat it all again.