Nathan Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen is located in the perfect position for a fish restaurant right at the slipway in Port Isaac or as it is better known to lovers of a certain Doc Martin Port Wen. This tiny relic of a building oozes charm, and reeks of history indeed it is one of the oldest buildings in the village and is listed as being of special historic interest. Much more interesting however is the restaurant itself, with only eight tables you will be lucky to book during the high season, but it is well worth the effort. There were four of us when we visited celebrating two of our birthdays and right from the start we were made to feel very welcome and were superbly well looked after by Nathan and his team. We all chose the special tapas style tasting menu and really enjoyed the various dishes on offer, each of us had different favourites, mine was the marinated whole mackerel with garlic mayonnaise, but to be honest I could just have easily chosen any of the other dishes on offer as all were simply superb. The dining room is tiny and the headroom isn’t great, it is an old building so some of the facilities reflect its age. The food however is modern full of flavour and at times challenging, don’t go there if you want fish and chips, be prepared for sashimi style dishes mixed with Mediterranean flair cooked to perfection. The drinks and wine list is small but perfectly formed and includes locally sourced drinks of the highest quality.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our long leisurely lunch and then just to cap it all Nathan Outlaw came and sat with us at the end of the meal at our invitation and chatted us through his vision for the Fish Kitchen with its Michelin star and his other perhaps more refined dining rooms in London and Dubai. He posed for the selfies and signed our menus which are great permanent reminders of a special day, his tableside manner was just perfect, I think Doc Martin could well take some lessons from Mr Outlaw, this is one Kitchen which doesn’t need any doctoring at all.