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Kua 'Aina

#741 of 17,156 Restaurants in London
#803 of 18,036 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$
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Soho
American, Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Hawaiian
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26 Fouberts Place | Soho, London W1F 7PP, England
+44 20 7287 7474
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Description: Kua ’Aina in London is Europe’s first of its kind. It is based on the...
Kua ’Aina in London is Europe’s first of its kind. It is based on the original restaurant on Hawaii’s North Shore which opened in 1975. In Hawaii the restaurant has been serving its famous burgers and succulent chargrilled sandwiches to the locals and visitors alike for over 35 years. It’s also no secret that the delicious burgers are one of President Obama’s favourites when he drops by to his home state. There are now three Kua ‘Aina in Hawaii and, since 1997, more than twenty Kua ‘Aina restaurants have been opened in and around Tokyo. We have brought Kua ‘Aina to Europe through a combination of passion and resolve, having been regulars at Kua ‘Aina in Japan, and because we loved the food so much and we believe that the food and concept merits being brought over to London (and beyond). Our décor honours the original restaurant with its wooden flooring, bamboo roof, tropical ceiling fans and authentic Dick Brewer shaped surfboards, hand-glassed by Jack Reeves, all with a view to creating an inviting, relaxing and escapist atmosphere. Food: Most importantly though, quality fresh produce and our own home-made marinades and seasonings are at the heart of the Kua ‘Aina taste. Serving a varied menu, we look forward you enjoying our unique hand-made fresh burgers; devouring a hearty salad; or savouring a char-grilled sandwich, as well as much more. Our ‘signature’ choices include super succulent 1/2lb burgers, marinated grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled Mahi Maui and Wafu dressed salad. We have some of the best American fluffy pancakes in London and seasonal low-fat frozen yoghurt. The drinks menu will quench your thirst with crisp Asahi Superdry on tap, exclusively imported Kona Brewing Co bottled craftbeers from Hawaii, cocktail pitchers and specially chosen, Molino Loco wines.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great burgers, great staff, tiny loos

Been before and always go back when in Soho - excellent burgers and the big, blond head 'waiter' (sorry, don't know his name) is helpful, fast and friendly, great with people. It's a very small place and the loos are very small and downstairs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Been before and always go back when in Soho - excellent burgers and the big, blond head 'waiter' (sorry, don't know his name) is helpful, fast and friendly, great with people. It's a very small place and the loos are very small and downstairs.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is my second visit to this restaurant. First time was back in March. Fabulous early breakfast. This time, back for a family late breakfast early lunch. The food is superb, staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. The whole place is based on the heritage of the Hawaiian theme. It's relaxed and informal. It's in a small side street off... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Vibrant place with a buzzing atmosphere and staff who are friendly and helpful. The tables outside make this place a brilliant option for when the weather is nice, and there's a real 'holiday' feel about the place - the staff all wear Hawaiian shirts and the decor inside is colourful and 'shabby chic'. The burger (which I had medium-rare) was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

This place promised a lot, colourful menu choices and the staff were friendly, though the food wasn't really anything to shout about. I went for the burger salad as I try not to eat too much bread, but the salad had very corse lettuce, no tomatoes and too much raw red onion, it seemed like quite cheap veg and didn't... More 

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Visited the restaurant following a charity walk in London as the outdoor seating was great in the sunny weather. The member of staff that served us was really friendly and helped recommend the best things on the menu. Service was quick and the burgers were delicious! Would definitely return again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Popped in for Dinner after work, to be honest the seating is a little too cramped on the ground floor. However the service was very good, burgers excellent(went for the large, cooked medium), although the fries could have been slightly hotter, also the bread used for the buns really nice. I would go again and I would have no problem... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

What a Hawaiian atmosphere within London. And watch out for the pint bottles and the milk shakes. See to believe. Soon be looking for their franchise.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

For a long time i've the curiosity to taste this burguers and it was worthy. Very good burguers and the hawain beer. The blueberry pancakes as well. It's a tinny palce but very pleaseant and a good atmosphere. Go early because it's difficult to get a sit down place. Next time i'll try the breakfast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I haven't been in kua aina with 2 friends . We were in regent street and we didn't know where to go . I used the trip advisor ap and we got there . Food / service / staff are great ! I has sandwich with halloumi and cheese totally delicious ! Service was very quick , it is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A great choice for after a show at the London Palladium with our 2 young children. Staff welcoming and burgers were excellent and good value for money.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26 Fouberts Place | Soho, London W1F 7PP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7287 7474

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 18
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Hawaiian

Description

Kua ’Aina in London is Europe’s first of its kind. It is based on the original restaurant on Hawaii’s North Shore which opened in 1975. In Hawaii the restaurant has been serving its famous burgers and succulent chargrilled sandwiches to the locals and visitors alike for over 35 years. It’s also no secret that the delicious burgers are one of President Obama’s favourites when he drops by to his home state. There are now three Kua ‘Aina in Hawaii and, since 1997, more than twenty Kua ‘Aina restaurants have been opened in and around Tokyo. We have brought Kua ‘Aina to Europe through a combination of passion and resolve, having been regulars at Kua ‘Aina in Japan, and because we loved the food so much and we believe that the food and concept merits being brought over to London (and beyond). Our décor honours the original restaurant with its wooden flooring, bamboo roof, tropical ceiling fans and authentic Dick Brewer shaped surfboards, hand-glassed by Jack Reeves, all with a view to creating an inviting, relaxing and escapist atmosphere. Food: Most importantly though, quality fresh produce and our own home-made marinades and seasonings are at the heart of the Kua ‘Aina taste. Serving a varied menu, we look forward you enjoying our unique hand-made fresh burgers; devouring a hearty salad; or savouring a char-grilled sandwich, as well as much more. Our ‘signature’ choices include super succulent 1/2lb burgers, marinated grilled chicken sandwiches, grilled Mahi Maui and Wafu dressed salad. We have some of the best American fluffy pancakes in London and seasonal low-fat frozen yoghurt. The drinks menu will quench your thirst with crisp Asahi Superdry on tap, exclusively imported Kona Brewing Co bottled craftbeers from Hawaii, cocktail pitchers and specially chosen, Molino Loco wines.

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Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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