DESERT CITIES – If you love sushi, like I do, then you’ll love Joe’s Sushi – The Cabo Way because no matter where you are in the Coachella Valley, chances are you’re just a hop, skip and jump from one of their sushi bars.
The original Joe’s Sushi has five locations across the Coachella Valley owned by Joe Acevedo – Bermuda Dunes, Palm Springs and Palm Desert, and two more locations in Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs that Acevedo owns in partnerships.
Joe’s Sushi offers traditional sushi dishes with a distinctive Mexican flair and an all you can eat menu at the low price of $19.99 for lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and all you can eat dinner price of $24.99 after 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. However, most restaurants stay open until at least 10:00 p.m.
One thing to remember: If you order from the all you can eat menu, you must finish all your sushi, otherwise you’ll be charged an extra dollar per piece left on your plate. Also, there is a restriction of two orders of each type of sushi. This means that if you like Ahi tuna, you can get a total of four pieces of Ahi sushi from the all you can eat menu. Normally, four pieces of sushi would fill most people, but during one dining experience at the Palm Desert location I witnessed a patron complain and argue with the staff about not being able to order more than two orders of the same sushi.
Another thing to remember is that Joe’s Sushi is not your typical sushi bar. It’s a modern Japanese restaurant group that serves inventive Japanese cuisine ranging from sushi, roll and creative salads with a very strong South-of-the-Border influence. Joe’s Sushi also provides services for private parties and most locations offer lounges and a lively sake and beer bar scene.
Whenever I get to choose the type of cuisine, I pick Japanese sushi and usually go to one of Joe’s Sushi restaurants. Since I live in Desert Hot Springs, my husband and I go there, but I’ve enjoyed the food at their Bermuda Dunes and Palm Desert locations over the past few years.
During our last two visits at Joe’s Sushi in DHS, we ordered their delicious Volcano Cut Roll ($10.99) which is a California Roll topped with a ample portion of Baked Baby Scallops in a spicy sauce. My husband, Tom, ordered their Cathedral City Special ($11.99) which is (imitation) crab meat and shrimp wrapped with slices of Ahi tuna topped with really thin slices of Serrano chile covered with a special chef’s sauce. I generally never order anything with imitation crab, but this time I experimented because our Chef, who drives from Rancho Cucamonga everyday to work, said it was a house favorite. I was surprised that I liked it and will order it again next time I go.
However, in saying that, I also enjoy their Rainbow Rolls ($8.99), which is a California Roll with tuna, salmon, snapper, shrimp and avocado on top. Another house favorite is the Cheh Cheh Roll ($13.99), stuffed yellow peppers with salmon, (imitation) crab meat and shrimp, lime, chives, ponsu sauce and serranito sauce.
They get high praises for their Alexia Roll ($11.99), which is an exotic tasteful delight that is made with (imitation) crab, shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado and cucumber neatly wrapped in a pale soy paper. It is gently covered in a savory sliced mango strips and topped with a slice of Serrano to give your taste buds a kick.
Joe’s Sushi offers the traditional Japanese combination dinners like Shrimp Tempura, Chicken, Beef and Salmon Teriyaki paired with California Rolls for $8.99 to $12.99 served with rice, miso soup and salad. But I recommend you order something from their Cabo San Lucas or Seafood menus. Their Ceviche de Pescado ($12.99) made with tuna, red snapper, callo cantarina and hamachi marinated with lime juice, serranito sauce, cilantro and cucumbers is to die for. They also serves a good seafood Campechana made with shrimp, octopus, scallops and clams served with round totopos for a very reasonable $14.95.
Other specialty items include the Wrapped Calamari ($7.99), Almond Shrimp ($10.99), Anitza Roll ($10.99) and Moniques Special ($10.99) made with slices of salmon wrapped on (imitation) crab meat covered with the Chef’s special orange jalapeño sauce.
Every item on the menu is filled with fresh fish surrounded by sauces that will make your taste buds explode. Go to Joe’s Sushi with a friend or a group of friends because it’s always better to order a variety of dishes and share.
Go to their official website www.joessuchillc.com for more information. Otherwise, visit one of their five locations in the Coachella Valley. Bermuda Dunes, 40100 Washington St.; Cathedral City, 68655 Ramon Rd.; Palm Springs, 330 N. Palm Canyon Dr.; Palm Desert, 72286 Highway 111 or their newest location at the corner of Palm Drive and Dillon Road in Desert Hot Springs.