After having a super-filling lunch with EU at Maple Castella, EU and I decided to have a lighter meal to end our day. Want a fast and satisfying meal? Izakaya is a good choice. My izakaya wishlist? Hapa Izakaya. Okaaayy, so off we went!
- Japanese fusion restaurant
- The newest branch of Hapa Izakaya
- Customers are mainly locals
- Suitable for crowds/large parties
- Late night
- $6.80 (I don't remember the exact price)
- Marinated mackerel sashimi, seared at your table.
- I preferred it raw. It was very soft, smooth and juicy. We could still taste the fishiness of the saba.
- The base of the fish was like tuna tataki; they gently seared it in the kitchen. Then they seared the raw top part of the fish in front of us.
- It was good, but it was not enough to satisfy EU and my cravings!
- House smoked tofu with roasted pepper puree and candied nuts
- I like the contrast between the soft tofu and the crunchy toast. Even though this dish was nothing skillful, EU and I did enjoy and spent some time tasting every bite of the food (even the sauce!).
- EU could taste the smokiness of the tofu, but I found it nothing special. Hmm...maybe my tastebuds are not as strong as hers :/
- The roasted red pepper puree smelt really good. Apart from the puree sauce, they also added some syrup from the candied nuts on the tofu. Nice.
- These candied nuts were surprisingly good! The syrup they've used was not too sweet, and they went well with the not-so-tasty tofu. I like them a lot.
- Served with a spicy sauce (think tabasco)
- It was like a pork and potato sandwich. The bacon was totally different from what I had expected. I thought the bacon would be the long and thin one, but it turned out to be the one I had in the Chinese restaurants (aka Chinese barbeque pork).
- I found the frying part was nicely done. The outer layer was thin and was not too oily.
After I got home, I went to Hapa's website and took a look at the menus of the other two Hapa Izakayas; their menus seem different to the one in Yaletown.
Maybe because the location is in Yaletown, that's why the menu has to suit the locals (bars, cocktails?). Of course I don't mind seeing this new Hapa Izakaya branch in Yaletown, but I think it will be better to alter the name a little bit.
Anyway, the food here is still good and I like how relaxing the atmosphere is ;) I will sure go to the one in Robson one day! (Can you hear me EU?)