Alpha is one of the little gems of Vancouver that I'm glad I found. I was first introduced to it by friends within a week of my initial arrival in Vancouver from Ontario, and I had never eaten at a real Japanese restaurant before.
I was greatly impressed by the food, the service and the ambiance, and have since made it a regular spot where I'm now known by name to some of the staff.
Keisuke runs an excellent establishment. The drink menu is extensive, and the food is varied and delicious. I highly recommend the yakisoba (fried noodles with pork and pickled ginger) or the karaage (can best be compared to fried chicken).
Also recommended are the set meals for large groups. A very wide assortment of sushi, sashimi and other dishes grace your table in a seemingly endless flow from the kitchen.
I've since been to many other Izakayas around town, but this one remains my favourite.
The only drawback is that it can sometimes get a little busy, which slows down service a little. This can't really be avoided, however.