I've heard many good and not so good things about Hapa - but was never overwhelmingly compelled to go eat there. However, their $30 (inclusive of tax and tip) is such an incredible value, it would be a solid choice to take myself and 5 friends for a splurge.
I believe it was a 13 course menu, and the restaurant reserves the discretion to bring out whatever amount of food they feel happily satisfies the diners. 3-4 people shared each dish, and it was amply portioned. Unbelievably, we had to ask for styrofoam containers at the end of the night! Woo hoo - doggie bags just scream-out textbook value!
My very first impression was that the restaurant had a patio outside which struck me as kind of out-of-place for a mid/high end restaurant. Upon entering, I realized how roomy they restaurant was, which was surprising for a prime Kits location. Later I realized it was the old Urban Well Club - no wonder!
Ambiance: Dark, modern, zen-sleek. The music was relentless in the pumping out of "techno-fied" Top-40 pop tunes. Perhaps something more subtly hip would have melded better with their restaurant concept.
Service: The food came out for a large group at a steady pace, the servers were mildy attentive to our needs.
Food: Good value! Tons of variety in the set menu. Didn't care so much for the fried foods as a personal preference. The fish dishes were tasty enough, although they did serve farmed salmon. The sauces for the raw fish were a bit one-toned and on the sweet side - but presentation was lovely. Also it is Japanese fusion style, which again is not my preference.
Recommended if you like fusion izakaya food, but for full-on Japanese flavors try Guu!