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Hip Hapa

JANUARY 18TH, 2010

Hip Hapa

Third time's the charm? If you love Hapa Izakaya, then yes, yes and yes.

The newly unveiled Japanese restaurant buzzes with energy, the service is seamless and the offerings include favourites like the Ebi Mayo (tempura prawns tossed in spicy mayo, $7.75) and the hot stone Ishi-Yaki rice bowl mixed right at your table ($8.80), plus an extensive fresh sheet (pictured) with dishes like Tai Herb Salad (cured Japanese snapper on a mikuni salad with citrus dressing). For a dressed-up sake cocktail, we recommend the not-too-sweet Pear Sake Tini ($9).

Finish off dinner with a scoop of Black Sesame Ice Cream ($4), and you've got yourself a Hapa ending.

Hapa Izakaya, 1193 Hamilton St., Vancouver, 604-681-4272,