What is Vemakase?
Vemakase is a term coined by Chef Joyce's son, transitioning from Vegan Omakase to "Vemakase" since 2020. It refers to a tasting menu style similar to Kaiseki, degustation, or tapas. This concept involves presenting a variety of dishes in small portions, showcasing the chef's impeccable cutting and culinary skills while preserving the natural flavors of whole, real food. Chef Joyce meticulously selects the freshest ingredients available, infusing her creations with skill and creativity. At Vemakase, the focus is on presenting the genuine essence of each ingredient, avoiding any attempts to reengineer or reconstruct the food. The aim is to let the flavors of the natural produce shine through, allowing the audience to appreciate the authentic taste and beauty of unaltered ingredients. With Vemakase, Chef Joyce invites diners to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the art of plant-based dining without compromising on taste or the richness of real food. Delight in the variety of flavors and textures as you savor the chef's culinary prowess, skillfully expressed through every thoughtfully prepared dish. Experience the true essence of vegan cuisine at Vemakase, where innovation meets the essence of nature's bounty.
What is Omakase?
"The phrase omakase translates literally to “I leave it up to you” and refers to a culinary experience based on trust. Guests are invited to embrace the unknown, while the chef crafts a personalized bill of fare based on the highest quality seasonal ingredients available."
Our current menu draws inspiration from the revered Temple food of Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong, renowned for its emphasis on clean, whole food diets, devoid of oil and allium. We take pride in our culinary skills, which focus on low sodium and sugar preparation methods, allowing the natural flavors of the ingredients to shine. Unlike conventional practices, we avoid the use of added sugars and rely on the inherent sweetness of ingredients like amazake, figs, papaya, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes to enhance the taste of our dishes. This approach not only ensures a delightful dining experience but also promotes a healthier and more natural way of eating. Our commitment to oil-free and allium-free cooking further elevates the nutritional value of our offerings, making them suitable for a wide range of dietary preferences. Whether you're a health-conscious individual or have specific dietary requirements, our Temple food-inspired menu offers an array of wholesome and flavorsome options to satisfy your culinary cravings. Visit us to embark on a culinary journey that embraces the essence of Japanese, Korean, and Hong Kong Temple food while celebrating the goodness of nature's own sweetness. Discover a new world of delightful flavors and nourishing ingredients, carefully crafted to invigorate your taste buds and support your overall well-being.