Hapa Izakaya West End
1479 Robson Street
Value: ♥♥♥ (only during Hapa Hour)
Happy hour! We went for an early dinner here to try the items on the hapa hour menu. I didn’t manage to get pictures of all of them but here’s what we ordered: beef tataki, negitoro, ebimayo, spicy dynamite roll, mentaiko udon and spicy pork ishi-yaki.
Since we got so much food, I’ll give a quick overview of everything. My favourite of the night was the spicy ishi-yaki. It was reminiscent of Korean stone bowls. I love burnt, crispy rice (that’s my bias). Beebs’ favourite was the negitoro. It was served with garlic bread. The combination was a delight. It’s was the popular favourite of the night as other tables ordered more plates of this too. My least favourite was the mentaiko udon, and sadly that was the last dish, so it didn’t end well - a little too much udon and fishy flavour. I would pass on the spicy dynamite roll because it’s ordinary and nothing special. The beef tataki and ebimayo were good, but not great. The tataki was a little too chewy and the ebimayo was okay…it’s still missing the essence of tempura.
The service was great though. The waitress were down to earth and friendly. I wasn’t expecting that kind of service from an Asian restaurant. They’re usually quieter and don’t ask you ‘how your food is’. The atmosphere was sweet and serene (probably ‘cause we went for an early dinner).
Anyways good place to grab a quick dinner, but I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone.