Kua Aina Hawaiian Burgers

Mahi Mahi salad from Kua 'Aina

Kua ‘Aina is a Hawaiian Burger chain with restaurants all over the world (thus far US, Japan, Hawaii), that last year opened its first in London.

Prices are relatively cheap given the area. We had a Bacon Cheeseburger (£7.95), Mahi Mahi Salad (£6.95), Shoe String Fries (£2.95 for a large bowl), washed down with draught Asahi and funky brand of ginger beer, which was spicy and not-too-sweet. At just over £10 a head it’s a bargain for the immediate locale.

Bacon Cheeseburger from Kua 'Aina

Burger was fine, fries were great (picture depicts a partially eaten portion as they were too good to wait for), and the salad was incredibly good value. Suspect the fish was previously frozen (also as the salad took quite a while longer to come out than the burger) but where in London could you buy freshly caught mahi mahi? So, to be expected.

Only gripes: I forgot to specify whether I wanted a large (1/2 lb) or a small (1/3 lb) burger and was given the small by default. Wanted a large, so it was quite a disappointment.

Also, I love gherkins on burgers and instead a carrot is provided. Healthy, granted, but to get dill pickle would have cost almost a pound extra. Which is criminal given that a jar could be had for less than that. And it’s a bit stingy when, in my mind at least, a gherkin is something of a necessary accompaniment.

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