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Kua 'Aina

26 Fouberts Place | Soho, London W1F 7PP, England (Soho)
020 7287 7474
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Ranked #632 of 17,014 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Soho
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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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went to this lovely little cafe after reading some of the excellent reviews on here. Pleased to say that it did live up to expectations: the food was good, the service was friendly and quick, and the atmosphere was pleasant. A definite 5* gem.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Just off Carnaby St. (We visited with memories of 'Cheese Burger in Paradise' on Maui)..... couldn't reach those heights ;-)... but, still turned out a good burger, plenty of fries and a half decent atmosphere.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

This is my second review about Kua Aina, and before I said the atmosphere had changed........ But we tried again and the Atmosphere was excellent. We came back last Friday Evening was sat and a very friendly Waiter came over and asked us if we would like a drink. We had some Fire Rock Hawaiian Beer which is a great... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Visited at 1pm on a Sunday and the food was very good but as it got busier while we were eating we could tell they just wanted us done and out the door, particularly when they tried to take a bowl of chips we were still eating from. Waiter even went as far as suggesting we didn't take the hint!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had asked a Constable where to get a lighter lunch and he directed us to Carnaby Street. Kua 'Aina was what we needed. It is small and just down a side street from Carnaby St., It has some seating outside, a few tables inside and a downstairs as well. The service was great, catering to our needs, e.g. desire... More

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London, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The food is CONSISTENTLY good , which nowadays is rare to find, the service has always been friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere is great! I really love this place! If you fancy a nice burger this is the right stop!

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

I visited the restaurant last Friday lunch time with my Girlfriend. It was a great Sunny day, and we were lucky to have a small wait for a table outside. It was a hard choice between the Sandwiches and Burgers or OMG the American Pancakes We both decided on having the burgers and share a slaw and large Fries. The... More

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Dorset
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We found this restaurant on trip advisor and wanted something other than main stream places to eat. The burgers are excellent, cooked to perfection. One of us had the bacon and cheese and the other had avocado and cheese. We shared a large portion of skin on fries which topped off the meal. Well worth a visit. Good service and... More

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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Me and my daughter called in Kua Aina yesterday for lunch, had been busy shopping for a while and needed to stop and take the weight off and eat something. Nearly went to O'Neills round the corner but it was full to bursting and anyway we wanted to sit outside as it was a lovely day. We got the last... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

Served by Pål Anders, who provided two of us with great service. Food was outstanding, had the 'mahi mahi', delicious and well cooked! Compliments to the chef! Definitely recommended!

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