Committed to encouraging Londoners to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, supporting the local community AND dishing up plant-based bowls brimming with exotic flavours? bema are dedicated to making such positive differences, with both their street food offerings and their brand ethos.
We sat down with Sidd, Founder of bema to find out more about their yellow pod that recently popped up in Bishops Square.
Why did you get into the world of street food?
Street food is quick and easy. I saw that as a great channel to serve grab and go healthy food for time-starved city workers.
What was the idea behind bema?
bema is focused on making healthy choices easier for Londoners. We wanted to create a food offering that is convenient, accessible, affordable but still tastes great and is good for you. Our iOS app, bema eats, allows customers to pre-order mealsand select their preferred time-slot for collection thus avoiding queues at lunch-time that we are all too familiar with in the city!
What kind of food is on offer?
Our menu is 100% plant-based and gluten-free. Our signature lunch bowls are warm meals inspired from multiple cuisines with the ideal mix of good fat, protein, carbs and fibre. Our breakfast bowls use all organic ingredients to give customers the perfect start to the day! We also carry organic non-dairy milk lattes, teas and protein shakes.
Why did you choose to trade from a yellow pod?
‘bema’ stands for ‘Be More Alive’ and we thought that a bright yellow pod is the best way to represent the brand 😊
Which bowl would you recommend?
My personal favourite is the ‘Sunset Sahara’ the most. The combination of king oyster mushroom shawarma with beetroot hummus and sweet potatoes cooked in coconut oil is too good to resist!
What are the benefits of going plant-based?
I’ve been plant-based for 2.5 years now and can definitely vouch for the health benefits of a plant-based diet.I sleep much better, have more energy and don’t feel the heaviness I would usually experience after eating meat. Apart from the personal health benefits of going plant-based, reducing meat intake is a step in the right direction to fight global warming and reducing the strain on our food supply-chain.
What is next on the horizon for bema?
bema is keen to reduce the gap in food inequality that exists in London. We are organising a food drive campaign to donate 5% of all bowls sold every month to people in the local community of Tower Hamlets, who do not have access to healthy food.