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Hot Dining: Happening Hapa

Hapa Umi is the sophisticated older sister of Vancouver's Hapa Izakaya restaurants. Photo by KK Law

No wonder Bon Appétit magazine has pegged Hapa Izakaya as among the top five izakayas in North America: owners Lea and Justin Ault honed their izakaya skills in Tokyo before opening in Vancouver. Their newest, more formal Hapa Umi (pictured), boasts a bustling bar, open kitchen and picturesque patio, just a few steps from Canada Place. Fave tastes range from inventive maki sushi (splurge on the lobster roll) to BC wild spring salmon, plus superb desserts. Save room for green tea opera cake with butter cream.—Tim Pawsey

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