Kua’Aina, Goodge Street

It’s always nice to be invited back somewhere, it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but it’s particularly nice when you get invited to a Hawaian oasis within the heart of London where you can try the most delicious burgers that literally melt into your mouth so that you’re not sure where the bun ends and the meat begins… ok we need to stop now before the salivating begins.
It was a year ago roughly when we stumbled upon Kua’Aina in Carnaby Street and felt compelled to review this little gem for Quirky London so we didn’t have to think twice when we were invited to the launch of Kua’Aina’s sister restaurant that has just opened on Goodge Street. On entering we were given a colourful Hawaian garland to adorn our necks and then led downstairs to sup on a selection of sandwiches, burgers, waffles and pancakes accompanied by some tropical smoothies and cocktails.
Although wary of chain restaurants on the whole we must take off our quirky caps and salute Kua’Aina’s second London restaurant for taking so much pride in maintaining the quality of the food they serve. After talking to the friendly, welcoming and most importantly, passionate chef we discovered that the burgers are made with a particular kind of beef that is of such high quality that it needs very little cooking thus produsing one of the most delectable burgers to be found in the city. If meat isn’t your thing, fear not as they have a selection of equally succulent fish sandwiches with a lovely (top secret) home made tartare sauce. For desert don’t leave without ordering some of the lightest and fluffiest American style chocolate chip  pancakes you are likely to try, or some hearty waffles (they experimented with the recipe a lot to get it just right).
The decor is the same retro surfer style you will find in the Carnaby Street restaurant and there is a new christmas menu featuring fun treats such as a mince pie milk shake, so if you’ve had enough of the cold and want to explore some Hawaian style comfort food, your search ends here. We have just one thing left to say… ‘Mele Kalikimaka!’ In case you’re google-lazy that’s Merry Christmas to you and me. Vist their site here for more info.
Essential Info
Opening hours
Mon – Fri: 8am – 10:30 (last orders)
Sat & Sun: 10am – 10:30
40 Goodge Street,
London W1T 2QP

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