Food as art and salads as cakes


Eating healthy just became so much more fun when a friend from Japan was sending me pictures of an opulent piece of cake, which was actually a salad. I love colors and disguises, so I wanted to know more about this new cafe that just opened in Japan.

The Vegedeco Salad Cafe combines health and beauty with its unique salad creations. Looking like creamy confectionery or pastel colored pastry, you may think you have walked into a fine bakery. But the cream is in fact made from tofu, all coloring is made using only natural vegetable colors. The mastermind behind these salads in the guise of delicious cakes is Mitsuki Moriyasu, a Japanese food designer and specialist in low-carb and gluten-free food style. She also believes that food should be a feast for the eyes and bring a smile to people’s faces. We couldn’t agree more and had to ask her a few quick questions about her veggie masterpieces.

IRMA: How do you make the salad leaves stand up and look so fresh?
Mitsuki Moriyasu: I use a special way of cutting in order to preserve their freshness.

IRMA: How important is a cooler to you?
M.M.: As vegetables’ taste and texture are very important to me, a cooler is indispensable.

IRMA: If you could plant your own garden, what would be the most important thing for you?
M.M.: For me, a fertile and natural (no use of chemical products) ground is the most important.

IRMA: When you shop for fresh greens what are the things you are looking for?
M.M.: Vegetables coming from a natural environment and production.

IRMA: Your favorite spot in Tokyo? 
M.M.: The Imperial Palace (Emperor’s place)

IRMA: What advice would you give your 15 year old self?
M.M.: I would have said to myself : “What you eat is building your body and your emotions !”

Vegedeco Salad Cafe
Nishiki 3 -17-5 Nagoyacty Naka-ku, Aichi 460-0003, Japan