‘Tis the season and all that! I was lucky enough to be invited along to Kua Aina in Victoria Square last night for a Christmas party with a difference. There was festive cheer by the bucketful but have you ever celebrated Christmas in Hawaii? Well, that is exactly what we did last night! I had never been to Kua Aina before despite my London friends telling me about their trips to the Goodge Street and Carnaby Street branches and making me jealous with their tales of gargantuan burgers with toppings to die for. So needless to say I was very excited to get an invite to try it out for myself. I am always ready to tackle a giant burger.
I met my burger buddy, Lynne #kindofabigdeal from Eating Ideas and off we went. I am generally really good at finding places but Victoria Square mostly has me stumped. If it’s not Urban Outfitters or Topshop then I don’t know where it is. Luckily Kua Aina is in a prime location on the restaurant level and was literally the first place we saw as we got off the escalator. (Once, I got lost in the carpark in Victoria Square for 35 mins and a carpark attendant felt sorry enough for me that he helped me look for my car and delivered me there using a golf cart, it was like magic.)
We were warmly welcomed and given our very own lei’s which I had secretly been hoping we would get ALL DAY, no joke. Mine was the best and had major lei volume. I was very lucky. We then got to try some samples from the Christmas menu. The turkey, bacon and brie sandwich with cranberry sauce was my first festive treat of the year so it shall hold a special place in my heart. There was also a really great sage and onion portobello mushroom bap that I just couldn’t get enough of. Luckily I held myself back, because what happened next was outstanding…
Last night was all about creating your own ‘Legendary Burger.’ There were a lot of eager beavers all ready to try their hand at creating a burger AND the winner gets their burger on the Kua Aina menu for a whole month! I know, right? Such a great prize for something so fun! We inspected the table of possible toppings and I was so excited. Chocolate? Peanut butter? Curry? Horseradish? MARMITE? On a BURGER?? Oh you had better believe that I was going to make SUCH a treat.
I decided on jalapeño, cheese, red onion, lettuce, tomato, marmite, horseradish and peanut butter on a beef patty on a golden seeded bun which I then called the ‘Linds Liked That’ Burger. Okay, so the name had zero originality. BUT you have to agree my toppings were definitely original. I had NO IDEA what I was doing. However, there must be a little bit of a Heston Blumenthal in me because the burger was GORGEOUS. Lynne also created a pretty major avocado / halloumi dream burger that was a hit.
Everyone loved their burgers and the sample of the delicious Mince Pie Milkshake to wash it all down with. I was even more excited when I learned that all of the milkshakes at Kua Aina could be made ‘hard’ with a shot of liqueur – I’m definitely getting rum in that bad boy when I go back.
I would most definitely suggest that you consider a Christmas celebration (or any kind of celebration to be honest) at Kua Aina. The food is second to none (check out the Christmas Menu) and the restaurant itself is ideal for parties and for families – bring your appetites as you will most definitely want to try a little bit of everything! A huge thank you to Ed and Paddy from Kua Aina and of course to Brittany and Julie from Massive PR for the invite and not forgetting she’s #kindofabigdeal, Lynne for a fab evening!
Let me know where you are planning on having your festive frolics so I can gatecrash. Just kidding…… or am I…….