Edmonton 1st Izakaya Opening soon.... :)
For anyone else interested in this place, a friend and I ate at Izakaya a week ago. The interior's all gorgeous, dark hardwood. Very nifty. The serving staff were pleasant and helpful. I wasn't drinking, but they seemed to have a pretty substantial beer and wine menu on hand.
More importantly, the food was great - fresh, delicious, with a few dishes that aren't on the "typical" Japanese restaurant in Edmonton (I've only seen pork belly available as a dish on its own at Nomiya, and only as a side order for their ramen.) I actually definitely recommend the Simmered Pork Belly. Really fresh, mouth-melting tuna sashimi as well. And you may as well cave in and go for the crispy chicken skin.
My dining companion and I had 7 dishes and green tea between us (not sure if they charged for the tea or not) that came out to around 45, and we left feeling just full enough. My friend believes it's the best Japanese he's had in Edmonton. I'd have to go back a few times to be sure myself (and I definitely want to go back), but it's pretty close already.