It is my wifes 40th this October and as a tradition, close friends from college back East and a few friends acquired along the way, celebrate the fourth decade by torturing our livers and treating our stomachs somewhere in the Americas.
Given that we have landed in Seattle, we are planning on taking the train to Vancouver and I wanted to treat the party to an Izakaya crawl but am fearful that trying to get 8 people stuffed into some of the tiny Izakaya locations may be daunting and frustrating. I'm in love with Izakaya in Vancouver with Hapa and Guu my favorites. I know Hapa takes reservations, but do any others? We will have access to a driver (given the drink) and a Saturday night/Sunday afternoon at our disposal if that helps. Which other small plate venues may take reservations or can easily accomodate a large party? There were a few in Yaletown that I have experienced in the past but again I'm worried that a Saturday night may prove to be more waiting than eating.
Suggestions/Experiences would be great!