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Kua'Aina

Restaurants, Hawaiian Goodge Street
3 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

Time Out says

This is the second branch from Kua'Aina - there's another on Carnaby Street. They specialise in burgers with a Hawaiian slant (the original venue is on Hawaii's North Shore) but there are sandwiches, salads and breakfasts, too. 

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Address: 40 Goodge Street
London
W1T 2QP
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Users say (6)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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tastemaker

Despite the nice Hawaiian-themed decor with surf boards hanging around, colorful chairs, neon signs and Surf music, my experience at Kua' Aina was not an amazing one. The menu offers plenty of choice, however, there are not many vegetarian/vegan options. I ordered a Teriyaki Chicken Burger and what I received looked more like a starter than a main course. The bun was small and there were just three super tiny pieces or Teriyaki Chicken inside my burger, whose price was even expensive for what I got. My burger didn't come with a side, neither fries, nor salad, so the plate looks almost empty with this tiny burger placed in the middle of it. I left on a nearly empty stomach, so perhaps next time I'll try Hawaiian cuisine somewhere else. 

Tastemaker

I think Kua'Aina might be Hawaiian for average because that's what this experience was.The menu sounds great but just doesn't deliver with dry, average quality burgers. The carrot on the side is probably the most random non requested side I've ever come across.

The kids menu and drinks are very expensive for what they are, £5 for a small cheeseburger and £6 for a beer.

On the positive side, the fries are great.

Tastemaker

I went to Kua'Aina on a Friday lunch with some colleagues. We were all excited to try their lava-grilled burgers but was a bit disappointed as I haven't been blown away by the taste of it. I've ordered a bacon and cheese burger which was average. The meat was a bit too much cooked and we all got confused with the half raw carrot coming with the burger. However the fries and their beer 'The Longboard' were very tasty. The staff was friendly but a bit overwhelmed as they got sightly confused with our order. I'm not sure I would come back to this place as there are plenty of other nice joint burgers in this area. 

Tastemaker

I think it’s safe to say that much like every pub over 100 years old claims it’s the ‘oldest pub in London’, each burger joint proudly declares that they have the official Best Burger in Town, like some self appointed badge of honor.

Kua'Aina has come recommended across reviews, friends and even from Barack Obama no less, although let’s be frank here- a Hawaiian restaurant is going to be significantly better in Hawaii, than its smaller franchised brother in the backstreets of NoHo.  However, I’m still not convinced that it can seriously be considered as BBiT territory.  Somewhat lack-luster and uninteresting, the burger & sweet potato fries were distinctly average.  Apart from sticking the highfalutin “Lava-Grilled” label on it, there was nothing that particularly set my taste buds alight…

Instead, the highlight of the evening for us was not the much-lauded décor, atmosphere or food, but the poor waiter who was lumbered with our table- the waiter who bears an uncanny resemblance to Shia Le Boeuf, who graciously ignored our not-so-subtle Shia references (Shia Surprise!) every time he came over to us. Thanks for a great night Shia lookalike!


I have eaten here a number of times and I think that the Burgers here are some of the best in London!  The staff are always nice and helpful and even when they get really busy they are always happy to help.  I love going in on snowy days as the Ha-wain decor gives me the Summer rush that I need.  The place is small and a bit noisy but has a great atmosphere and you come out feeling that you have been on Holiday.  Its a hidden gem that needs to be found.

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