Sushi Joa

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Top Rated Local® Sushi Restaurant

Kirkland: (425) 739-8899
Mercer Island: (206) 230-4120

omakaseYou or your date has decided to go on a sushi date at your local Japanese restaurant. Along with the usual butterflies, whether you’re the planner or invitee, here are some things to take into consideration before you slip on that dress or your best sweater and walk out the door with that special someone.

Know the Basics

If you’ve never had sushi, you should know what you’re getting yourself into. First, sushi means that you will most likely be eating raw fish. Sushi isn’t “fishy” smelling or tasting and if it is, run! Sushi is clean and safe to eat and is made from the best cut of fish.

Soy Sauce, Wasabi, and Ginger

Next thing to know is what is served with sushi. Soy sauce is always available, but refrain from dousing your sushi roll with it; a sushi roll drowned in soy sauce reads unsophisticated, and uncultured. The “green stuff” is wasabi, a spicy, flavorful addition to any bite. Add with caution! A little bit goes a long way. The pink or tan strips next to the wasabi is ginger and is to be eaten, by itself, between eating each kind of sushi to cleanse the palate.


Sushi is eaten with chopsticks and each roll section eaten whole. Sushi can feel awkward to eat at first, but just practice and embrace it! If you dip your sushi roll in soy sauce, the sooner you eat it the better; the roll will begin to fall apart as soon as you dip it. Check out our previous blog for guidance on proper chop stick etiquette.

Before you go out on your sushi date, you must know the basics. Whether your date has had sushi before or not, you will appear knowledgeable, cultured, and sophisticated when you show you know what you’re doing. Stay tuned for Part 2 and come try the delicious eats at Sushi Joa, a Japanese restaurant in Kirkland!


Sushi Joa was established with our customers in mind. Our family-owned business carries our family’s traditional cuisine from our home to your plate. Each dish and roll are made with you in mind. We want to provide our customers with that homemade feel, everything made exactly to order and with love. From our talented sushi chefs to our servers, Sushi Joa is your homemade meal that you don’t have to make. Authentic world taste, locally brought to you.

Explore our tasty menu with fresh options made daily, just for you! All of our fish is always fresh, and provided by dependable catchers so we can guarantee you the best sushi you have ever had! We provide quality not quantity and create each roll with love and passion. Come in today and try a variety of Japanese and Korean cuisine. Treat yourself. With classic rolls, appetizers, noodles, and sake, we can satisfy your every craving. Open for lunch and dinner.

We strive to provide a warm and inviting family friendly atmosphere for our customers to enjoy delicious Asian cuisine. We are committed to knowing all of our customers and listening to what they want. We hear and provide for your needs to give you delicious food you can’t resist. Want to try something new? Our knowledgeable staff can tell you what you may like best and pair one of our great sakes with any meal choice. We want our customers to feel invited to dinner at our kitchen table; they are part of our family as soon as they come through our doors.

Don't Take Our Word For It, Our Satisfied Clients Say It All

Check out the testimonials from our happy customers below


I consistently get great sushi here

I love Sushi Joa. I consistently get great sushi here. They also have a killer fried rice on the takeout menu. Their staff is amazing… I moved off the island in July and I drove over there…Read More

Allison S., Seattle, WA

This place was great before, now it’s even better.

This place was great before, now it’s even better. Wonderful staff, decent prices, and the best fried tofu that you could ever imagine. Seriously, I have never had anything like this tofu,…Read More

WA S., Junction, Seattle, WA

Food is always awesome and delicious…

Lived in Mercer Island for our first year of marriage and now living 15 miles away and still making the drive for this awesome sushi! Always get the to agadashi tofu and several rolls whethe…Read More

Adri A., Newcastle, WA