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HAPA BEACH is a Japanese izakaya restaurant located on Yew Street in Kitsilano. By the time we got there the whole area near Hapa was so crowded and it was hard to find a parking spot. We made a reservation ahead of time but they gave us the smallest table regardless of the fact that the restaurant was not even half-full. We asked for the bigger table because we thought the table was not big enough for 5+ dishes we would get. They did not allow us, so we just ended up eating at the small table. I did not like how they responded, but after getting food, I started liking this place! 
SASHIMI SALAD ($16) was great! There were big pieces of ahi tuna, albacore tuna, and sockeye salmon on a bed of mixed organic greens and spinach with citrus soy dressing. Very refreshing and it was a good start.
HALIBUT TACO ($7.5) consisted of BC halibut tempura, house made bacon bits, shoestring potatoes, roasted jalapeño tartar sauce, wrapped in a flour tortilla! Halibut Taco was beyond my expectation. Halibut tempura was very crispy with bacon bits, and shoestring potatoes together. Tartar sauce blended well with the wrap as well. Not too big, and not too small. Just the perfect size to have it with other small dishes.
HAIDA ROLL ($8.5) consisted of wild sockeye salmon with crispy salmon skin as the main ingredients, and cucumber, bok choy (!!), and shiso mayo on top. Pretty descent!
 SPICY PORK ISHIYAKI ($10) is a rice dish served in a hot stone bowl. Your server will mix the ingredients at your table, and ask you to leave a bit longer to cook the edges more crispy.
SPICY PORK ISHIYAKI had rice, minced pork, garlic sprouts, egg, tomato, and lettuce. Very yummy and filling!
CHOCO MILLE CRÊPE happens to be my favourite item during our meal. Mille Crêpe is a classic French cake consisting of 20 layers of paper thin crepes, each separated with a brush of French pastry cream. The word mile means "a thousand," implying the many layers of crêpe. Crêpes have also long been popular in Japan, so I guess Hapa put this on the menu as their signature dessert.
Since it is "Choco" Mille Crepe, your server will pour the melted chocolate over the mille crepe! Heavenly good! Very rich and so many layers of love! I'd like to give 10/10 stars!

+ Awesome desserts
+ Fresh sashimi 
+ Interesting and unique food items 
+ A lot of fusion items


- Limited sashimi options 
- Cooked items are affordable, but raw food can be a bit pricey  


Food               4.0/5.0
Ambience       4.0/5.0
Service           4.0/5.0
Price               $$

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As the name indicates, I'm Sophia who Eats - a lot, and possibly everything. I basically love to do anything involved with food: eating, cooking, and even watching food documentaries! I will regularly update the lists of Must-Visit-Eateries and Hidden Gems in Metro Vancouver, so stay tuned! Hope you guys discover new restaurants and cafes that will give you great dining experiences and become your favourite spots as well!