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Hapa Izakaya Restaurant Review: Yaletown’s Hapa Izakaya is the third establishment owned by husband and wife restaurateurs Justin and Lea Ault. It sticks to their original format, while adding creative innovations. Lead chef Hokuto Yamanaka prepares an interpretation of hapa (traditional Japanese-style pub food) for a young, energetic clientele. Settle in the sleek room and order auri saba, seared marinated mackerel sashimi, or the paper bag prawns, deep-fried soft-shell prawns with grilled lemon, both from the fresh sheet. Next up is the spicy pork ishi-yaki with rice, garlic sprouts, egg, lettuce and tomato served in a hot stone bowl. Rice bowl fans like to press the rice mixture against the sizzling stone bowl to maximize its toasty tidbits. Desserts include the house-made ice cream sandwich and the saké-kasu brûlée. Bar offerings; 25 varieties of saké; and warm, welcoming service round out this izakaya experience. There are additional locations in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.