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Burgers come with a welcoming ‘aloha’ at this Soho offshoot of a long-running Hawaiian eatery on the island’s North Shore – a favourite of President Obama, apparently. Pronounced ‘koo-a eye-na’,
Kua’aina honours its hula original with a bamboo roof, tropical ceiling fans and authentic Dick Brewer surfboards, while the food is based on signature recipes and marinades. Burger riffs involve
pineapple (naturally), avocado and Ortega chillis as well as the usual bacon and cheese, but the venue is equally famous for its char-grilled sandwiches – perhaps teriyaki chicken breast, roast
turkey or peppered pastrami with grilled peppers. Various salads add to the choice, and US-themed desserts span everything from high-calorie pancakes with maple syrup to low-fat frozen yoghurts.
There’s definately no shortage of burger joints in London. Wanting to try something off the beaten track we found ourselves by Carnaby Street one day after work and decided to try Hawaiian inspired brand Kua Aina. All of the staff are kitted out with Hawaiian accessories as expected and the interior has a beach club feel.We ordered a half pound hamburger each, two bacon & cheese and one avocado & bacon topped with cheddar and Monterey jack cheese. The hamburgers are grilled and served open in a basket with lettuce, tomato and onions. When fully compiled the burgers looked too big to eat but we managed in the end. The grass fed beef is sourced from farms in the West Country and were meaty and juicy despite asking for them all to be cooked medium...
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Kua ‘Aina, Foubert’s Place – this is a rather good find when you need time away from a shopping spree on Carnaby Street. With so many of the fast food/sandwich/cafe chains within a stone’s throw from one and another, it was very easy just to give in to any of them and just to end the search of anything else. It was safe and fairly reliable. Out or our norm for the sandwiches or sushi lunches, we decided to be adventurous when we found Kua ‘Aina...
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