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“A masterclass” showing what can be done with a “fish-only armoury “, Nathan Outlaw’s two-Michelin-starred flagship regularly proves why it’s up there with the best when it comes to subtly creative seafood cuisine. Quality and freshness are never in doubt, but it’s the sheer virtuosity of Outlaw’s cooking (with help from head chef Chris Simpson) that has readers reaching for the superlatives – “fabulous”, “stunning” and “absolutely top class” are typical plaudits. Outlaw is a past master at lightly curing fish (witness his meaty monkfish with tomato and sea purslane), but every dish wows – from red mullet with signature Porthilly sauce (“the aroma alone sends us into raptures”) to crab paired with lightly pickled onion, basil sauce and courgette (“a really surprising dish”). Elsewhere, fabulous turbot is “granted the culinary honour it deserves” – perhaps served with St Enodoc asparagus, smoked mushroom purée, bacon crumbs and kohlrabi. A cheese course involving Cornish Jack never fails to please, while desserts pile on the seasonal flavours – as in a pannacotta with the essence of “distilled raspberries” and a blackcurrant ice-wine sauce. Outlaw’s beautifully calibrated displays are backed by studiously matched wines, while spot-on service strikes just the right balance between sociability and expertise. It’s a tour de force – “all you have to do is sit back and enjoy”. 

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Wine List of the Year Award Finalist

There’s something of the Hakkasan in the way this British eatery has structured its list, with wines split up into intriguing (but generally helpful) categories such as ‘Sea and Ocean’ and ‘Aromatics’. Plus it’s easy to follow, beautifully presented and isn’t afraid to big up its weirder listings, like Georgian amphorae wines.

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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

6 New Road ,Port Isaac PL29 3SB

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Still the best

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Oct 2016

There is nothing left for us to add to the fully justified Good Food Guide 10/10 rating except to chide Michelin, once again, for its lack of courage and vision and continued refusal to recognise the damage it is doing to the UK fine dining scene by not bringing the proportion of awards for deserving UK restaurants more in line with the situation in France and promoting more restaurants more often both across the board and especially from two to three stars. The amazing ability of Nathan Outlaw...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

6 New Road ,Port Isaac PL29 3SB

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Unbeatable

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Jun 2016

Editor's pick As we were treating the family, we were numerous enough to be able to book the chef’s table and benefited from being right opposite the kitchen with a perfect view of all the amazingly relaxed activity behind the scenes. We had personal front-of-house service from Emma who was assigned to us for the evening and demonstrated a great deal of interest in and knowledge of both the food and the wine and definitely succeeded in helping to make the experience very rewarding, especially when Nathan Outlaw...

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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

6 New Road ,Port Isaac PL29 3SB

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Just cannot be beaten

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Mar 2016

Editor's pick It is normal for diners to Restaurant Nathan Outlaw to be treated to a three-star, 10/10 dining experience, and so it proved to be once again. Every course hits stellar heights, the service is spot on and every one of the accompanying wines hits just the right spot. The combinations of colours, tastes and textures imagined and achieved are always great and often staggering, and the perfect balance of each dish with all the others on the menu makes it impossible to single out any of them for particular...

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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

6 New Road ,Port Isaac PL29 3SB

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Cannot be beaten

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Nov 2015

Nathan Outlaw You just cannot beat this - the three-star, 10/10 food and wine, the three-star, 10/10 service, the three-star, 10/10 setting, it all adds up to one of the very best fine dining experiences you'll get anywhere. French and German chefs and gourmets have dined here and come to the same conclusion: Nathan Outlaw is at the top of the class and if he is some day rewarded with three stars and 10/10 it will be no more than he deserves. It is a constant source of wonder for us how the...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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6 New Road ,Port Isaac PL29 3SB

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Worth three Michelin stars

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Jul 2015

Editor's pick We make regular pilgrimages to Cornwall to pay homage to the high priest of fish fine dining, and we never feel less than elevated, on a spritual as well as a corporal level, after service here. There is never a false note and the move to the new premises with a truly spectacular outlook has brought about a less formal feel to the dining atmosphere. It goes without saying that the food was fabulous. From the salt and rosemary cured monkfish with plain yoghurt, ginger vinaigrette and crunchy fennel,...

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  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

6 New Road ,Port Isaac PL29 3SB

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Three stars and 10/10

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Mar 2015

Nathan Outlaw deserves to be at the top of the restaurant awards podium. The old maxim has it that familiarity breeds contempt, but happily this is not true here, and it is not just because the move to new premises has taken place. However, another chapter has been written in the epic tale of a master chef's rise from modest beginnings to greatness. The new restaurant is his, nobody else's, and this seems to have provided him with a further motivation to demonstrate his enormous talent. We...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

6 New Road ,Port Isaac PL29 3SB

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Simply the best

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Oct 2014

This review refers to the meal we had in June this year, but as the Square Meal entry is so out of date (£65 average price is completely inaccurate as there is no average, simply a tasting menu at a fixed price of £99) and as there was a complete absence of reviews, that it seemed worthwhile submitting this one: One thing is certain about our visits to Nathan Outlaw's restaurant: familiarity will never breed contempt, even if seafood is more finite with regard to ingredients than you...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Nathan Outlaw

Chef’s son Nathan Outlaw may hail from Kent, but he has a Cornish empire to rival Rick Stein’s. Having worked for Stein in Padstow and later with John Campbell, the seafood specialist settled at the St Enodoc Hotel – although he is moving his flagship Restaurant Nathan Outlaw to Port Isaac in 2015. Other projects include Outlaw’s at the Capital in London, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen (also in Port Isaac), and The Mariner’s pub in Rock.

Essential Details for Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

  • Cuisine: Fish
  • Area: Cornwall
  • Price: £99
  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £74
  • Private Dining: 10

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