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For a taste of Hawaii, try KAU ‘AINA

Aloha, it’s that time to think about a bit of Christmas shopping (I am allowed to mention the C word as it is now only three shopping weekends to go!!!)

After battling the masses, you will need to stop somewhere for a re-fuel of energy; And if this involves central London, I would highly recommend a pit stop at the delicious and hearty Hawaiian (small but perfectly formed chain) Kua Aina, which has been serving burgers and ‘wiches since 75.

Nestled close to the shopping district of Carnaby Street and on the less hectic Goodge Street, the menu and cocktails will certainly lift your spirits to sunnier climes. With a new December menu, you can go light and get some nibbles or one of the extra special super salads… or add some calories- you deserve them after all, shopping is terribly tiring!

Greeted by friendly staff dressed in floral shirts and colourful leis, the beach themed bar and diner was buzzing. The open grill and wooden tables made for a relaxed, informal meal.  The food is perfect for picking and sharing, but get extra napkins as it will get messy!

With an ample menu, I would go hungry, and then you won’t feel too guilty at sharing a selection of starters, which range from onion rings to coconut king prawns to nachos. The burgers are predictably hearty and come with an array of toppings. With President Obama as a fan, he plumps for the avocado burger. You can order sandwiches too- my fave would be the Mahi Mahi fishfinger sandwich, and I would definitely add a side of sweet potato fries.

Vegetarians/pescitarians are well catered for with halloumi and tuna seared to perfection. Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of the secret salt, which adds something exotic!

Christmas is well and truly in the air, and I am planning a return visit, just to sample the Mele Kalikimaka, Christmas Lua set menu. At £19.95 per head, you can choose from a turkey, bacon and brie sandwich, Christmas burger with stuffing and cranberry sauce or a sage and onion Portobello mushroom bap. Served with skin on fries and coleslaw, it’s definitely an alternative to soggy roast potatoes and sprouts!

With cocktails a specialty, it would be rude not to try one (or two), and try a hard shake if your calorie count is well and truly out of the window! If you can’t make it to Hawaii, you can certainly get into the groove in London. Opening soon in Belfast too.

Sara Darling

Hello there, Thanks for reading! I am an ex fashion stylist (gave it up to follow my gypsy soul). Now writing words for mags and websites on culture, fashion, travel and wellness. As well as copywriting for numerous fashion and travel clients, I write features, interviews and reviews for clients including Schon! magazine, Riverside Journals, Style of the City magazine, Eluxe magazine, Kensington and Chelsea magazine,,,,, and more! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @WordsByDarling @1stClassDarling