Lea and Justin Ault of Vancouver’s Hapa Izakaya restaurant will be spreading the Japanese goodness to the east coast with the opening of Hapa Izakaya in Toronto. A mid-August opening is targeted for Toronto’s first Hapa Izakaya, which will be in the heart of Toronto’s “Little Italy”, at 602 College Street.
Voted “Top Five Izakayas In North America” by Bon Appétit Magazine in 2011; topping “Industry and Readers Choice” 2012 awards for best Japanese and best izakaya in the Georgia Straight weekly: and “Best Casual Chain – Silver” by Vancouver Magazine in 2012, Hapa Izakaya is destined to become one of Toronto’s favourite restaurants, offering a winning combination of a sexy room, excellent service, outstanding Japanese tapas, cocktails and sake.
Expect the trend of Vancouver based food success stories invading Toronto. Even though our fair city is half the size, we pack a serious punch when it comes to the dining experience. Ours is far more diverse and Toronto has a lot of catching up to do.