Sushi Joa

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Top Rated Local® Sushi Restaurant

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

If you’ve been trying to lose weight or generally create a healthier lifestyle for yourself, you’ve probably realized that fad diets just don’t work. Sure, you may see some results upfront, but those results quickly peter out after a couple weeks, when your body adjusts to the change. Instead of switching from diet to diet, a lifestyle change can be vastly more beneficial in the long term. The trick is to find a healthy meal plan you can keep yourself on long term. Our suggestion? Take a note or two from Japanese cuisine because it offers a healthy way of eating without sacrificing on flavor. The reasons Japanese cuisine is so healthy include:


Fish, Fish, Fish

It’s probably no surprise to you that the people responsible for creating sushi are big fish lovers. Fresh seafood is a staple of Japanese cuisine, and for good reason. Most fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and serve as a lean source of protein. Studies have shown that “the consumption of fish lowers the risk of death by heart disease 36 percent.” On top of helping prevent heart disease, a diet rich in fish can boost your mood, reduce inflammation, and even help prevent certain kinds of cancer!



For many of us who did not grow up on Japanese cuisine, the idea of eating seaweed sounds a bit strange. However, this staple of the Japanese diet comes in many different varieties, many of which offer a source of lean protein and a great deal more potassium than a banana. If you have thyroid issues, add some seaweed to your diet! Some types are rich in iodine, which helps regulate your thyroid, as well as help prevent breast cancer. However, seaweed is so rich in minerals that it can have some side-effects. All this means is there’s no reason to go seaweed crazy; a couple tablespoons a week is all your body needs for certain varieties.


Ferment Everything

Well, okay, maybe not everything, but Japanese cuisine is extraordinarily rich in fermented foods compared to the average American diet. Think platters of pickled vegetables, soy sauce, miso, and so much more. The fungal agent used in Japan to start the fermentation process can not only ease digestion, but also strengthen the immune system. As with seaweed, you don’t need a ton of fermented foods to enjoy the health benefits. Add some miso or a pickled side to your dinner a few times a week.


Tea Time Matters

The Japanese, as a country, drink even more tea than China. In particular, green tea is an integral part of Japanese Cuisine. Studies connect green tea consumption to reduced risk of heart disease and cancer as well as higher cognitive function. So, the next time you feel the need for an energy drink at work, choose a cup or two of green tea instead!


If you’re not quite sure where to start with all this, a simple first step is to try Japanese cuisine for yourself. Visit Sushi Joa in Kirkland to try our well-rounded Japanese menu 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.

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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