KUA-AINA

I’ve walked past Kua-aina a bazillion times on my way to MAC and I’ve always wondered what it’s like. It looks rather endearing from the outside and considering you don’t often see Hawaiian restaurants I had always wondered what it’s all about. I recently heard it was pretty nice and when I was given the task of picking a reasonably priced restaurant with vegetarian options close to work it was the first thing that came to mind. For those of you that keep saying I need to clearly point out the location of each restaurant, this is just off Carnaby Street on a tiny little passageway called Fouberts Place. It’s like stepping into Hawaii (not that I’ve ever been to Hawaii but I’ve got a pretty great imagination so it’s fine) it’s all beach hut-esque and quaint. The menu is pretty simple; burgers, sandwiches, salads or pancakes with the addition of halloumi/pineapple/avocado/pickles etc if you want it. Which I did. Halloumi and pineapple that is, to my teriyaki chicken salad with sweet potato fries. There seems to be a real theme to what I’ve been eating lately doesn’t there? I’m not even remotely sick of any of it yet and my meal at Kua-aina only made me love it even more. The sweet potato fries were an absolute winner and everything I tastes (off everyone else’s places) was yummy. The place is fun, we got a cute little booth downstairs at the back and it was nice and cosy. My friends ordered a mixture of burgers and sandwiches and were all very impressed. It’s important to me that when I pick a restaurant that my guests are happy and that they certainly were. The staff were friendly and I felt like if the tube strikes weren’t about to mess up all of our journeys home we would have all stayed there snuggled up in our little inglenook (word of the day) eating coconut ice cream all evening long. I’m glad I finally got to check the place out and at about £10-£15 a head it’s a really nice after work dinner option with friends.

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