Sushi Joa

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Top Rated Local® Sushi Restaurant

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

When you enjoy a delicious Japanese course at Sushi Joa, you’ll notice that you are always served a side of ginger and wasabi. This is custom for Japanese cuisine. While you may just be eating your sushi without questioning the purpose of this is, or have always just seen it as a garnish, we would like to explain to you why this is done.

The ginger that you are served is known as Gari, which is homemade pickled ginger. It is intended to be eaten in between the different kinds of sushi that you order for a meal. So for instance, if you visit Sushi Joa here in Kirkland, and order a combo of our rolls, you would use the Gari when switching the roll that you’re eating. The pickled ginger is served because it helps clean your palate and taste buds and also enhances the flavors of the ingredients.

We especially recommend doing this when you go from, let’s say, a tempura roll to an eel Nigiri. These rolls differ in so many ways, that not cleansing your taste buds before enjoying the next roll really takes away from your meal.

Now, you’ll no longer wonder if the ginger on the side of your plate is simply a garnish, or if it’s something you’ll want to enjoy. If you’ve never enjoyed your sushi with a nice clean palette, make sure that you give it a try when you next come visit Sushi Joa. We recommend starting with smaller pieces, so that it isn’t an overwhelming taste you experience. Stop by Sushi Joa, in both Kirkland and Mercer Island, and enjoy some delicious Japanese Cuisine 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