Sister restaurant to the downtown Hapa Izakaya in the old Urban Well location. Small patio with limited seating.
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!
Two friends and I went here on a Wednesday night and it was still pretty busy. My appy came out first and was placed in front of me by a server who didn't take our order. The next dish was brought out shortly after and was place in front of one of my friends. The mains came out next, at which point my other friend asked that her appy order be cancelled only to be told that it had already come out, and that it had been plated with the other appetizer, which was now finished and she'd had none of it. After some back and forth, we asked to speak to the manager who spoke to us in a condesending manner, implying that it was weird that we didn't notice that there were two dishes on one plate, since they were 'two different tastes and textures' and, afterall, this was a tapas lounge and it was expected that dishes were for sharing.
Portions are small, but the food is quite tasty. The beef skewers were very tender, and the fried potstickers were light and flavourful. Ambiance is nothing special, but nice.
Because on the unfortunate customer service, I doubt I'd go back but it's worth a try.
I really enjoyed a recent supper at Hapa. There was a large group of us, but the wait staff were really attentive with keeping our water glasses full and delivering food as it came up. My own avocado and shrimp salad made me think about sesame oil in a whole new way. The ambiance was enjoyable because it was young and exciting without being too loud or flashy. I was thoroughly satisfied and would recommend this place.
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 have never left this place disappointed! The food is soo good, I get cravings for it all the time, especially the stonebowl...yum, even thinking about it makes my mouth water...
The service is soo good and friendly, everybody is concerned about the customers, and seems to GENUINELY care!
I defineitely love going to Hapa and sharing food, it is so much fun!!!
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