Congratualtions to Lea and Justin Ault for having Hapa being named one of the top five favourite izakayas in all of North America. You can visit Yaletown Hapa at 1193 Hamilton Street.

(VANCOUVER, BC) April 19, 2011 – Hapa Izakaya is thrilled to be hailed by Bon Appetite as one of its top five favourite izakayas in all of North America. Hapa was the only one in Canada to make the list.

In its May 2011 issue Bon Appetite acknowledges the recent explosion of izakaya and explains their appeal. In addition to Hapa Izakaya, the magazine lists Biwa in Portland; Kushi in Washington, D.C.; Miso Izakaya in Atlanta; Aburiya in LA; and Nombre in San Francisco as top spots.

About Hapa Restaurants

When Lea and Justin Ault introduced Hapa in 2003 they exploded the izakaya concept in Vancouver. Hapa Izakaya’s combination of a sexy room, well-priced Japanese tapas, cocktails and premium sake set the bar high for the host of contenders that followed. There are now three Hapa Izakaya locations. Last year, Hapa was the first izakaya to join the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise seafood conservation program and is one of only a handful of Japanese restaurant partners in the program to-date. Earlier this year the Aults opened Hapa Umi in downtown’s Coal Harbour. The upscale Hapa Umi offers the next level of Japanese dining. Visit www.hapaizakaya.com or www.hapaumi.com for information or follow @HapaIzakaya and @HapaUmi on Twitter.