Hakata had the unfortunate luck of opening only a few months prior to March 2020, so this tiny izakaya on Westwood Blvd. is still a bit of an unknown commodity in the neighborhood. That needs to change. From pork tonkotsu shabu shabu and daily sashimi platters to perfectly moist teba gyo (jidori chicken wing gyozas), everything on Hakata’s tremendous menu is shareable and designed to be eaten with a big glass of beer or sake to wash it all down. This is the kind of place you might roll into at 6pm with a few friends and accidentally stay for three hours—with concrete plans to come back next month.