Sushi Joa

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Top Rated Local® Sushi Restaurant

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

Anyone who has enjoyed sushi, whether in Japan or at their local Japanese restaurant, surely understands just how integral sushi seaweed (nori) is to every roll, wrap, or bite of so many varieties of sushi. Imagine what your favorite sushi rolls would be like without that umami salty sea flavor enhancing the combination of rice and fish! Because nori is a naturally growing product, it involves a bit of effort to get from strands of seaweed growing naturally into the sheet shape we are all so familiar with. So, how is this well-loved sushi component made?


History of Nori

The first records of nori as a commonly eaten food date back as far as 987 in an old Japanese story, Utsubo Monogatari. Historically, it was ground up and eaten as a paste; however, by the 1750s, the paper-making process was invented in Asakusa, Edo (now called Tokyo), and applied to the seaweed. By the 20th century, nori consumption was declining. Post World War II, food supply was limited and Japan needed all the food it could produce. Which meant, unfortunately, that nori growth almost disappeared in Japan because traditional cultivation methods were not effective in this mad rush to produce enough food. Fortunately, they learned a technique from a similar situation in Wales and nori was saved.


Nori Production

Today, growing nori is still largely a natural process. The nori plants grow on nets that are suspended near the sea’s surface and tended to and harvested by farmers in boats. Once the nori is grown, it is processed with automated machines that replicate the traditional pressing machines, but faster. The machines allow for a more consistent paper-thin product.

To enjoy sushi and other nori-imbued Japanese foods, come visit your local Japanese restaurant, Sushi Joa, in Kirkland today!

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