A quick lunch at the new little sushi spot downtown did not disappoint. Sushi Joa can be found in the 104 Kirkland Avenue location that used to be "I Luv Teriyaki." Apparently, we DIDN'T 'luv' teriyaki. The space appeared completely remodeled, bright/happy and eager to please. Our chipper waiter was very attentive and accommodating. My friend and I were happy to see a menu of lunch specials that seemed to be crowd-pleasers at reasonable prices. Bonus that our waiter let us know which fish just came in this morning and precisely what the chefs were working on at the moment.
My friend ordered the sushi bento ($13) and I ordered the sushi lunch ($12)-- see photos above. The bento was a pretty array of foods and my sushi hit the spot-- the albacore was like butter- delicious! Everything seemed very fresh and prepared with care. There wasn't a big crowd for lunch that day, but a steady stream of people. Here's what others are saying about it since their recent opening. Since it was lunchtime I didn't have a chance to try any of their sakes (darn carpool..) but will save that for next time. Which answers the question..yes, I would go back. Maybe not for a date night, as the ambiance might be a bit stark, but def for lunch, family outing, or a casual healthy dinner that is quick and easy. My friend said she still preferred Rikki Rikki but wouldn't hesitate to go back to Sushi Joa. This is a welcomed addition to Kirkland and I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you walk in. And if you aren't hungry right now you should check out these photos and you will be.
Sushi Joa's website says they are closed on Monday. And Tues-Fri they are open 11a-3p and 5-9:30pm. Not sure what happened to Saturday and Sunday? (my favorite days!!) Yelp says something a little different. Maybe call first? 425-739-8899. ~j
PS- Yes, you guys are good. Thanks for all of your comments and updates. Kameha's Cup Coffee seems to have gone kah-put. Signs are down and darkness has reared it's ugly head upon that site once again.