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Hapa Izakaya

1479 Robson St. (Nicola St.) Send to Phone
Affordable Japanese small plates in a sophisticated setting.
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Dinner nightly
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Hapa Izakaya Restaurant Review

: Opened in 2003 by Justin Ault, a Japanese-Canadian, and his wife Lea, this upscale izakaya represents a new wave of Japanese dining and a reinterpretation of traditional izakaya pub food. The young, energetic clientele orders the lively negitoro served with soft, thick slices of garlic bread, mackerel blow-torched tableside, and the “om-rice” bowl --- a comforting mix of egg, chicken and spicy tomato sauce. Rice bowl fans like to press the rice mixture against the sizzling stone bowl to maximize its toasty tidbits. Aficionados opt for the 11-course “omakase” (29.99) for the ultimate Hapa experience. Courses include beef tataki, tuna carpaccio, beef short ribs and more. Sweets are not overlooked, so try the dark chocolate marshmallow fondue with house-made marshmallows and fresh fruit. Attentive, warm service and expanding bar offerings, plus the city’s most comprehensive saké list, make this a top izakaya experience in town. Other locations.

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