The Chef

Chef Joyce de Cuba - Hüsken, originally from Amersfoort, the Netherlands, is the one behind the fire at Yemanja WoodFired Grill.

She began her culinary arts studies at only 14 years old. Her passion became her profession when she had the opportunity to share the kitchen in restaurants like: Restaurant 'de Houtrust' in Hooglanderveen; Bilderberg Hotel 'de Klepperman' in Hoevelaken; Bilderberg Hotel 'Kasteel 't Kerckebosch' in Zeist; Restaurant 'De Kanstanjehof' in LageVuursche; Restaurant 'Broers' in Utrecht and Restaurant 'De Baron' in Naaldwijk. At 26 Joyce moved to Aruba and after some experiences with other local restaurants, like 'the Flying Fishbone' she quickly took over Yemanja's kitchen. Now, Joyce is a happy kite surfer and passionate chef, responsible for the dining experience of many visitors to Aruba. As the owner of one of the greatest restaurants in Aruba, she does what she was born to do, and delights your palate at Yemanja six nights a week.

Gluten Free Cooking

Gluten Free Cooking

Over the years Chef Joyce has gained a lot of experience in gluten free cooking and therefore Yemanja is one of the only gluten free restaurants in Aruba!

But what is gluten? Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected. You can find gluten in bread, soups, pasta, sauces, and salad dressings.

So it is easy to say that for people who can't eat gluten, such as people with Celiac Disease, finding a restaurant that can deliver on their needs is difficult. But that's over now, because Yemanja is determined to provide a great dining experience for every person and we mean it!

Dietary needs

Yemanja has been open for quite a while now and has been in the hands of owner Joyce de Cuba - Hüsken since 2009. What sets Yemanja apart from any other restaurant in Aruba is its expertise in gluten free cooking. As a strong believer in conscious living, it was a clear choice to incorporate that consciousness into the dishes at Yemanja.

Living conscious can be expressed in many ways, but why not start with what you eat? Did you know that a 'Meatless Monday does more for the planet than driving a Prius all week? That's why Yemanja not only offers great fish and meat dishes, but also has a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Whether it's for fun or necessity, we have the perfect gluten free/dairy free/vegetarian/vegan dish for you.

Being on vacation and having specific dietary needs is often a bit difficult. Yemanja sets itself apart by keeping these dietary needs in mind, so it can offer everyone a great dining experience during their stay. With our skills and expertise, we want to convince even the hard-core meat lovers to consider stepping out of their comfort zone and eating vegetarian or even vegan and we guarantee that you will have an experience you will never forget. Eating healthy never tasted this good and no one has ever said that they really regret eating healthy. So if you want to eat healthy and tasty food, Yemanja is the choice for you!