Thank God It’s #UlsterFRYday!
#BBeats Kua ‘Aina’s healthy take on the Ulster Fry
Anyone who has spoken to me in the past two months will have heard of my very public love affair with the newly-launched Hawaiian inspired restaurant Kua ‘Aina. The team behind the successful Kua ‘Aina restaurants in London have recently made a homecoming back to Northern Ireland to open up Belfast’s first restaurant featuring flavours from Hawaii and adding a bit of a shakeup to the restaurant offering at Victoria Square.
To celebrate January as #BreakfastMonth in Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, Belfast Times editor Jeff and I recently tucked-in to the lush breakfast offering at Kua ‘Aina. A rare treat for me, as my breakfasts usually consist of a sad bowl of cereal at my desk or some breakfast biscuits scoffed in the car on my way to work, I looked forward to a freshly prepared breakfast created using local ingredients with a Hawaiian twist.
Opting to keep things healthy – and to balance out Jeff’s seriously sweet picks consisting of house-made porridge topped with golden maple leaf syrup, which I couldn’t help but dip a finger into (delish!), and a stack of gorgeous fluffy banana and blueberry pancakes with coconut tea, I opted for a vegetarian choice and ordered the very tropical Aloha Veggie Breakfast and a Kahala Sunset smoothie, made from fresh mango and raspberry – the perfect fresh, cold jump start to the morning.
Featuring a colourful plate of two fried eggs, baked beans, mushroom, wilted spinach, half of a very large tomato, half an avocado, and a choice of toast or local potato or soda break (I went with whole grain toast), this is one fry you can really feel good about eating! The fried eggs were perfectly cooked, with the thick yolks acting as the perfect dipping companion for my toast and the whites not too greasy, as they often can be. The baked beans, served in their own ramekin, keeping them separate from the rest of the dish, while the avocado, seasoned with Kua ‘Aina’s secret salt was the co-star on the plate next to those gorgeous eggs.
Offering an endless number of toast-topping combinations (avocado, egg, tomato; avocado mushroom egg; mushroom, beans, egg, etc., etc.), the array of delicious components to this dish created loads of opportunities to mix-and-match as I worked my way through the plate and discovered all the different flavor combinations on the dish. For only £5.95, this breakfast is an absolute steal and left me satisfied but not too full (although I didn’t finish the whole plate) and set me up for a busy work day ahead without the guilt of a greasy morning fry.
Boasting a diverse breakfast menu available at Kua ‘Aina including the lava-grilled breakfast (Kua ‘Aina’s take on the Ulster Fry prepared on their unique lava grill), bacon, sausage or mushroom baps, porridge with an array of toppings or stacks of gorgeous fluffy American pancakes and drinks including a range of Hawaiian teas, fresh smoothies and Union hand roasted coffees, I highly recommend making a mid-week breakfast date and tucking in to the gorgeous Hawaiian escape in Belfast’s city centre to help you through your winter blues.
For more information on Kua ‘Aina’s breakfast menu visit www.kua-aina.co.uk or follow them on Facebook.com/KuaAinaNI or Twitter @kuaainani.