Hapa Izakaya is a place to take friends and make them say:
Duck with vegetables and green sprouts… very tasty! – photo T. Wong
We went to Hapa Izakaya Kitsilano on Thursday night. My girlfriend Deb was entertaining her friend Peter and his girlfriend Emily from Seattle. It was Peter's birthday. We went to Deb's favorite new restaurant.
Hapa Izakaya Kitsilano has only been open for about a year. Owner Justin was there to greet us. The original Hapa Izakaya is on Robson St. near Jervis. And just like the original, almost every dish begs you to take a picture! And it is ohhhhh…. so tasty. Peter and Emily were very impressed. They said, “Ahhhh….” and “Mmmmm” and “That is SO good!” a lot.
Spicy Sockeye Salmon Sashimi,
Owner Justin and his wife are “Hapa.” Half Japanese-Cnaadian and Hafl Caucasian-Canadian. They met while both were working in Tokyo. Hapa Izakaya brings the “Izakaya”/ Japanese Pub food to Vancouver, but pushes it up a level with its fusion cuisine. The Robson St. restaurant is very cool with its dark interior and club music. The Kitsilano restaurant is more laid back.
Unagi (eel) cone.