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Hapa Izakaya, Vancouver

1479 Robson Street
West End
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6G 1C1
Tel: 604 689 4272
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The first thing you hear on entering Hapa is a boisterous welcome cry from the staff at this contemporary izakaya (a traditional Japanese pub serving delicious and eclectic small plates). Unlike the modest, down-and-dirty affairs that were Vancouver's first izakayas, Hapa is an upscale place, where Japanese-Canadian chef Justin Ault serves what he calls "tapanese" dishes in a high-tech room with exposed ductwork and low-slung tables. The ebi mayo may be the city's best shrimp dish, with prawns tempura-battered and drizzled with chile mayonnaise. The mackerel is seared tableside with a blowtorch, and the kakuni pork belly is simmered slowly and served on steamed buns. Hapa's reasonable prices attract a young, energetic clientele willing to wait for a table if they haven't made a reservation.—Kasey Wilson

Open Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 pm to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 pm to 1 am.

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