Sister restaurant to the downtown Hapa Izakaya in the old Urban Well location. Small patio with limited seating.
So, my bf and I decided to check out the new Hapa one weekend night. The food was pretty decent, nothing too spectacular though compared to other izakayas. I always enjoy going to Hapa and the great service by the main manager.
One thing I had to complain about was the service at this location. The waitresses were not attentive enough. There were other small birthday parties going on and it seemed like the people who were eating on the side were being ignored. We waited forever for someone to bring our food and bring back our bill at the end of the night. It was near closing and all the workers seemed to just drift off, drinking and eating at another table while there were still customers sitting and eating on the other side of the room.
I mean, don't regular customers deserve to receive the decent service even when there's other 'parties' going on?
Despite all that, it's a very nice place to enjoy food, drinks and socialize with friends!
Food - 3 - Some items on the menu were fantastic, notably the king crab roll and salmon carpaccio. Unfortunately, the amount of bad items on the menu was so overwhelming that it's hard to ignore. The ebi mayo was too salty and the lotus gyoza a little bit boring. My suggestion would be to dine here with somebody who knows how to order.
Service - 4 - For such a busy place, the service was excellent. The server for our table was friendly and attentive, and the host was on top of the waiting list and making sure the wait wasn't too long.
Value - 4 - The portions were quite large for an izakaya restaurant and the prices were kept low. Great value.
Ambiance - 4 - Dining on the patio by the beach is to die for on a hot day at Kitsilano. Nice view, good looking people... if you are into that kind of stuff.
We discover this place last year and this is still top of my list. Like the way they shout …which was little weird but now I love it.
You have the LOCAL in front of you but hapa has some thing different from usual eatery.
As you settle down, they have some hot towels for you, which is nice. I have my favourite here king crab roll which usually runs out everyday (I guess).
My hubby likes the tempura prawns with mayo. Which is good.
Ambience..Very cozy as you go few steps down to the main dining.
Needless to say we will be back .
Also much reasonable than earls.
I have heard a lot about this place and never really got a chance to try it, but last night I went there with a couple of my girlfriends and surprisingly I had a wonderful time! We had a lot of plum wine and we tried a lot of the tapas and they were quite enjoyable. I think what wowed me the most was the interior it feels like a Japanese Bar and the atmosphere was great! I think my only complaint is the washrooms... but other than that it has amazing food and drinks!
This is one of my all time favourite restaurants in Kits and the surrounding area. It always has a great vibe and a welcoming, upbeat and fabulous ambience. I always have a great time and come away feeling like I can't wait to come back. I still haven't tried everything on the menu and so far I've loved it all. The unique style and memorable flavours make for a great experience and unless it's insanely busy, the service is pretty sharp. Either for a date or a group, I would highly recommend Hapa Izakaya in Kits. The staff are friendly and welcoming, the food is fantastic and the value is right on considering how outstanding the food is. I hope this review helps other diners make a choice.
I felt I had to write a realistic review after reading the one below. If you don't like kids than stay home and order Chinese! That is not a reason to whine about a restaurant.
Anyway, I have been to Hapa well over 20 times and the food is always great! The atmosphere is casual and relatively authentic. While the service style is different with many different waiters taking care of all of the tables, it does allow for food to come out quickly and you just have to ask if you want a drink!
The Ebi Mayo and Tuna Guac are a couple of our favorites and the Chicken Karaage is the best chicken I have eaten! Top it off with some cold Saki and you are in for a great evening!
Not to mention the incredibly reasonable Hapa Hour at 5:30 in kits. Do it!
I've been forced to go to Hapa a lot of times... and the only thing people really say about that place is about the cute waitresses (which have snooty and insincere service). Sure enough that's enough for some people tho.
But for the sad saps that have a gf (and expected to go out with her) the food is horribly inconsistent from poor to solid. Sick of the regular food, I decided to test the chefs by ordering anything not on the menu.
You know there is something wrong when they totally mess up Kobe Beef Tetaki...
Went to the Robson location a couple of years back and remembered having a good time, with good food and good drinks.
I decided to try the new Kits location and their service was not the best and the food was lacking of its usual lustre. We ordered the mackerel to start, and while tasting decent... the fishy smell really truned me off. I also had some of their rice and noodle selection- bland and lacked its usual punch.
Service: Decent. It must have been a busy night, but I didn't see the same level of courteous, attentive service as the Robson location.
This was trully a disapointmentment as I have always been a fan of their food, management and service staff. Management seems to be going for the young, drinking crowd: and he is right on target with that.
Oh...I forgot to mention that you won't leave broke either. Excellent value:) On a casual nite with a friend out dinner with a large beer (enough for 2ppl) was only $38 and we left feeling happily full! On another nite with 4 ppl and lots of sake, beer and food we spent about $200 incl tip. Which is really really good considering it is quite a trendy place with high quality food.
I went out for drinks and snacks with a group of friends a few weeks ago. We usually head down to robson hapa, but decided to check out kits this time around. First of all, we made reso's because Hapa Robson on a friday night is crazy busy. We get there and the place is dead. We tell the hostess we had made a reso, but ignored the fact and seated us....at this point, the reso was un-necessary. Our server came by to ask if we'd like drinks while we were waiting for the rest of our party. She went around the table taking our drink orders, but didn't make it to everyone for some odd reason. Eventually, everyone arrived and we ordered. The saba was TINY in comparrison to Robson...we asked the waitress why. She couldn't really explain. She then brought out three stone rice bowls and we only ordered two. We told her about this and she tells us we ordered three, as if we wouldn't know how many we ordered. "I don't want to be here" was written all over the servers face. We told her to take it back and she gave us this look as if she didn't want to. Her exact words to us "I'll take it off your bill, I don't really f-cking care" - totally inappropriate. A word of advice, if you're having a bad day..don't show it to your customers