I spent my lunch today dining with English teachers. Perhaps it was intended to be an object lesson in the metaphor of not judging a book by its cover, as they took me on a culinary adventure to Joya Sushi.
Joya is not much to see from the outside. It looks rather like a hole in the wall, and honestly, is not somewhere I would visit without having friends who vouched for it. However, vouched they did, and off we went. I'm very happy we did.
Joya features both sushi and Korean cuisine, so we split the difference. One of us ordered the bi bim bap with beef.
It looked delicious, with the egg cooked perfectly so the yolk mixed with all the other components. She very much enjoyed it.
The rest of us ordered sushi.
The dynamite roll looked dynamite. The roe on top were plump and juicy, and look at those colours!
The Green dragon roll was incredibly generous, and the ingredients were all at the peak of perfection.
Ah, finally my dish. I had the veggie tempura sushi. I'm sure this makes me a sushi newb, but I love the crunchiness of the tempura inside each piece of the sushi. This was absolutely fresh, with the tempura so recently made that it was still warm. I loved the contrast of the warmth of the tempura with the cold rice. It was fresh, it was delicious, and the wasabi added the perfect bite.
In summary, don't be turned off by the outside of Joya. I can't comment on the authenticity of the sushi, but the two teachers who spent time teaching in South Korea vouched for the quality of the bi bim bap. Whether or not the sushi is authentic, it was delicious.