The Siblings behind much loved and sorely missed Belgium chip shop BeFries on West Street, Brighton have launched a delicious vegan condiments company BeSaucy in select UK stores and online.
Last year saw restrictions placed on all our lives. Brighton’s famous and thriving foodie scene was particularly affected, with many of our much-loved eateries forced to close their doors for the last time. Befries was one such eaterie. Their double cooked chips and varied selection of homemade sauces was beloved by locals and tourists alike, the venue won a total of sixteen awards, including repeat runner up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards ‘Cheap Eats’ category in 2018 and 2019. Yet Sadly, BeFries closed last year due to the incredible pressures placed on the high street and restaurant industry.
Thankfully this is not the end for the siblings Dashal, Chan and Ezda Beevers, who created BeFries inspired by their childhoods growing up in Amsterdam, as demand for the family’s sauces has continued, as has their desire to create plant-based products that make it easy for consumers to develop more sustainable eating habits. They have found a family run manufacturer to make their delicious sauces and have launched their new venture “BeSaucy” with their three best selling vegan mayonnaises, Garlic, Basil, and black truffle. Each sauce is created from a base of aquafaba otherwise destined for waste, organic soya milk and cold-pressed rapeseed oil produced by a family-run farm in the Cotswolds. They kindly sent me a pot of each to try before they are sent out to independent stores in Brighton and Hove and across the UK, and let me tell you now they are every bit as good as I remember from my frequent visits to BeFries.
I have become a bit of a dab-hand in the kitchen over lockdown and am rather proud of my skin-on triple cooked chunky chips, even though they don’t quite match the chips I loved from BeFries. Dunking them in these delicious pots of goodness brings them up to a whole new level though! I loved dunking them so much I had to get up and go make another batch. Of course, I don’t usually live on chips, my wife wont let me.. So I had to find new exciting ways to enjoy my BeSaucy mayonnaises. The Basil flavour makes a particularly good pasta or salad dressing, and the Garlic Mayonnaise is a great addition to any burger, be it meat or vegetarian. I’m sure I could find a million uses for the black truffle flavour, but in all honesty I loved it so much I polished it off by shovelling down spoonfuls of it on its own (please don’t tell my wife).
I love these versatile creations, they have made me realise just how much I miss my visits to BeFries, but at least I can still experience the homemade sauces with my own slightly inferior chips. I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with the sauces as dips, dressings, and even ingredients, so much so I have already placed an order for more through www.besaucy.co.uk where you can also find lots of recipe ideas. Keep your eyes peeled for BeSaucy at your local independent stores coming soon.