Taste of Yaletown at Hapa Izakaya

Last night I ate my way through each course of the 3 course optioned Taste of Yaletown menu. Their offering is broken down into 3 courses where diners choose 1 of the 3 dishes in that course. My friend Jonathan Yee joined me to share and try them all, it was a delicious way for us to taste all the dishes on offer.

Their 3 course menu is $35 per person (min 1 person)

1st course:

(Choice of one)

 

Wild Mushroom Quinoa Salad

Wild Mushroom Quinoa Salad

Wild Mushroom Quinoa Salad

Dashi steamed quinoa, wild mushrooms, burdock, carrot, lotus root, served with spicy pickled vegetables

 

Duck & Beet Salad

Duck & Beet Salad

Duck & Beet Salad

House-smoked duck breast, pickled beets, organic baby greens, yuzu-apple jam, topped with roasted pine nuts

 

Sashimi Salad

Sashimi Salad

Sashimi Salad

Mixed sashimi with a citrus-soy dressing, on a bed of organic greens

 

2nd course:

(Choice of one)

 

Matsutake Ravioli

Matsutake Ravioli

Matsutake Ravioli

Local pine mushroom, pine nuts, spinach, cauliflower ravioli, creamy miso mushroom sauce, topped with crisp grana pandano

 

Wagyu Soy Butter Steak

Wagyu Soy Butter Steak

Wagyu Soy Butter Steak

Matsutake soy butter, Wagyu steak, shishito peppers, grilled onion garnish

 

Golden Lobster

Golden Lobster

Golden Lobster

Lobster motoyaki, tempura lobster, caramelized shallot, mozzarella cheese

 

3rd course:

(Choice of one)

 

Kabocha Roll

Kabocha Roll

Kabocha Roll

Tempura kabocha squash, asparagus, pickled daikon, mango curry miso sauce

 

Chan Chan Roll (L) and BBQ Yakiniku Roll (R)

Chan Chan Roll (L) and BBQ Yakiniku Roll (R)

BBQ Yakiniku Roll

Beef tataki, green bean, green onion, yuzu pepper, onion chips, onion sauce, seared tableside

Chan Chan Roll

Wild Spring salmon, asparagus, miso glazed mushrooms, seared at your table

My take:

My favourite dishes from the selections above were the Duck & Beet Salad, Matsutake Ravioli, Golden Lobster, Chan Chan Roll and BBQ Yakiniku Roll.

This years Taste of Yaletown offering is available until October 30, 2014.

You can find Hapa Izakaya at 1193 Hamilton Street, call to reserve (604) 681-4272 and follow them on twitter @HapaIzakaya

By: Richard Wolak