New Upscale Hapa Izakaya Joint “Hapa Umi” Hiring All Positions

January 11, 2011 


Hapa Izakaya locations are at 1479 Robson St, 1516 Yew St and 1193 Hamilton St. | Visit

Job posting from Scout supporter Hapa Izakaya

Vancouver, BC | Hapa Izakaya Restaurants Ltd. is excited to announce the launch of its new restaurant, Hapa Umi, opening by March 2011 in downtown Vancouver’s waterfront area, across the street from the Vancouver Convention Centre. The restaurant will offer an upscale twist on what Hapa Izakaya has been doing with great success since opening on Robson in 2003. Hapa Umi is now hiring for all positions. Details after the jump… Read more

Hapa Izayaka To Open “Hapa Umi” In The Old Metro Spot In March


Justin and Lea Ault of Hapa Izakaya have secured the old Metro restaurant location next to the Pan Pacific. The pair, with three cool Hapas already in their stable (Kits, Robson, Yaletown), aim to open a new Japanese concept that is “a couple notches up” from the free-wheeling casualness that their brand is known for. “I don’t want to say it will be fine dining,” says Justin, “but it will be more sophisticated.”

The name is Hapa Umi, umi being the Japanese word for “ocean”. I imagine that means that we can expect lots of seafood, especially manifested in quality, “full-on” sushi. Justin assures me that Hapa Umi will still serve plenty of the familiar small plates and izakaya favourites, too, so I’m not imagining a second coming of Tojo’s. That said, the company’s chefs are more than capable of doing more than just basic izakaya fare (witness the always inventive, hand-written special lists at each location), so it’ll certainly be interesting to see them go farther off the reservation than they have before (with presumably high food costs, too). Executing the elevated theme will be head chef Tomoki Yamasaki (from the Robson location), who is joined by the formally trained Tetsuya Shimizu, lately of the raw bar at Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe. I trust service will get a lift as well (the GM is Kevin Banno, a managerial veteran of the Cactus empire). Read more

Miku Nabs “Best Japanese” Silver At The Van Mag Awards


Miku Restaurant is located at 1055 West Hastings | 604-568-3900 |

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver, BC | In 2009, after only five months of operation, newcomer Miku Restaurant, rocked Vancouver’s restaurant industry by scooping Bronze at the city’s annual Restaurant Awards. Little over a year later, its success is cemented as the innovative eatery steps up to silver in the Best Formal Japanese category, at the 21st Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.

Vancouver Magazine judges compliment “high-style” Miku Restaurant on its “myriad takes on spot prawns”. Blending traditional techniques with eclectic flair and regional ingredients, Miku’s sushi chef team are highly trained individuals, specially selected from umbrella company Tora Corporation’s Japanese-based kitchens. With effortless style and personality, the chef team delights in creating Omakase masterpieces with inspired creativity and seasonal ingredients. Read more

Bid Adieu & Celebrate The Last Of The Cherry Blossoms At Miku


Miku Restaurant is located at 1055 West Hastings | 604-568-3900 |

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver, BC | Although Vancouver’s captivating blooms of Japanese Cherry Blossoms arrived early this year, there is still time to celebrate with Miku Restaurant’s special Sakura Hanami feature dish.

Translating simply as “flower-viewing”, Miku’s feature item acknowledges the Japanese custom of celebrating the beauty of flowers; a popular activity since the 7th century when aristocrats crafted beautiful poetry, inspired by the blooms. During annual Sakura Festivals in Japan, it is customary to enjoy a feast of small bites and snacks in a picnic style, whether inside a restaurant or out under the Cherry Blossom trees. Read more

Earth Hour To See Miku Glow for Climate Change On March 27


Miku Restaurant is located at 1055 West Hastings in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-3900 |

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver, BC | In keeping with their mandate to offer responsibly-sourced seafood, Miku Restaurant turns its environmentally-conscious efforts to climate change, by taking part in Earth Hour 2010.

On Saturday, March 27th at 8.30pm, lights inside Miku Restaurant will be turned off and replaced with the glowing candles, as the fourth annual Earth Hour takes place.

Miku Restaurant has taken suitability into consideration across their business profile: from the elegant room, crafted using eco-friendly materials, a trademark of designers Arca 3; to becoming the first downtown Japanese restaurant to partner with Vancouver’s Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Campaign.

Combining innovative culinary techniques with traditional Japanese flavours, Miku Restaurant brings a new style of sushi to Vancouver’s shores along with a sustainable approach to the sourcing of their ingredients Read more

Bronze, Silver And Gold Sashimi Platters From Tsukiji At Miku…

February 8, 2010 


Miku Restaurant is located at 1055 West Hastings in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-3900 |

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver, BC | In keeping with their philosophy of offering the very best quality of service and cuisine to their guests, Miku Restaurant will be featuring sashimi platters, showcasing seafood from the world famous Tsukiji Fish Market, in central Tokyo.

Each species has been personally selected by owner and Chef Seigo Nakamura who, along with his talented team, will be creating dramatically beautiful and delicious sashimi platters, throughout the Vancouver Winter Games.  The highest quality Maguro (Yellowfin), Hirame (Flounder), Tai (Red Snapper) and Kampachi (Amberjack) will be featured, changing on a nightly basis.  Guests can chose from Bronze, Silver and Gold Platters, ranging from $60-$150. Read more

Sleek “Miku” To Celebrate First Birthday With Omakase Menu

November 13, 2009 


1055 West Hastings | 604-568-3900 |

News from Scout supporter Miku

Vancouver BC | To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the team at Miku Restaurant has created an exclusive Omakase menu, available from November 16th to 22nd.

Seigo Nakamura, Miku’s Owner and Executive Chef will be joining the kitchen team to serve three special menus for one week only, showcasing their signature aburi sushi and Omakase style. Omakase translates as “Chef’s choice” and is a truly authentic Japanese dining experience.  Working with a guest’s personal preferences, the team will tailor an impressive, multi-course menu for a memorable evening. Read more

Veteran Hand George Katagai Takes Over As New GM of “MIKU”

September 4, 2009 


As its 1st anniversary approaches, MIKU Restaurant welcomes George Katagai as General Manager

News from Scout supporter MIKU

Vancouver, B.C. September 1, 2009 – Vancouver-born George Katagai takes lead of the expanding Miku Restaurant team as they look towards their first year anniversary in November. Assuming the role of General Manager, George is a well-known name throughout the city’s flourishing restaurant scene and has graced several popular establishments with his amiable and charming demeanor. Read more

West Hastings Aburi Sushi Specialists “Miku” Join Scout

Miku Restaurant on West Hastings is now a proud member supporter of Scout Magazine. We will be publishing their news and releases on our front page, and hosting individual pages for each in our list of Recommended restaurants. Scroll below for a taste:



1055 West Hastings, Vancouver | MAP
Telephone: 604-568-3900
Weekdays: 11:30am – 10.00pm
Weekends: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
Email: Read more

Miku Restaurant



70-200 Granville Street (new address) | Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-568-3900
11:30am to 12am Monday to Saturday
11:30am to 11pm, Sunday


Our Team

Seigo Nakamura, President and Owner
Mike Deas Dawlish, Director of Operations
Kazuya Matusoka, Aburi Restaurants Corporate Chef
Kazuhiro Hayashi, Executive Chef
Chris Janik, Pastry Chef
Ben Hunter – General Manager
Anni Kamikawa, Assistant General Manager
Nicola Turner – Manager

About Miku


Bringing a distinct style to North American shores, Miku Restaurant in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, is an authentic Japanese restaurant with a pioneering twist.

Introducing innovative culinary techniques to the thriving Vancouver restaurant scene, Miku’s chefs are proud to work with the finest, locally-sourced ingredients and are keen supporters of the Ocean Wise campaign.

Lightly flamed-seared sushi is the secret to its success, creating an alluring aroma: simply divine on the palate.  After waving the magic blowtorch wand, the talent and highly skilled chefs match each morsel of sushi with a unique homemade sauce. A Kyoto and Polish-trained pastry team create inspired desserts and the cuisine is perfectly paired with a globally-sourced wine list and specialty sakes.

Translating as “beautiful sky”, Miku’s design features are influenced by nature: sustainable elements were used to create the restaurant’s most notable features including its glass waterfall, pebble stone pathway, white marble countertops and its distinct floating glass cloud ceiling.



20th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards | Bronze, Best Japanese Formal Dining