New (possible) restaurant - cast your vote


This is a very long shot, but I’m considering renting the old Chinese take away in front of London Road’s Sainsbury’s (2 doors from @TheButcherySE23) and turn it into a “specialist” restaurant. Specialist because it would serve only one type of food, and although the original idea was cotoletta, a breaded cutlet made with different meat (veal, pork, chicken) and with a selection of toppings, I’m now also considering pasta. Probably because Padella in Borough Market has 2-hour queues outside their doors every night… but my heart is on the cotoletta. And there would be something for vegetarians too, don’t worry :slight_smile:

So my questions for you, early panel of local people are…

Which single-item restaurant would you prefer in Forest Hill?

  • Cotoletta (with option for vegetarians)
  • Pasta (spaghetti and all other types)
  • Neither
  • Other (please leave a reply with your wish)

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How often would you go (or take out) in a month?


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  • 4
  • 5

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Would you go / take out for lunch, given the location?

  • Yes
  • No

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Contemplating a new casual-dining restaurant/cocktail concept in the area

OMG I love Padella.

But yes… single-item restaurants are thriving in London but the challenge is big. If you aren’t the best you might as well pack up. Its worked well for Bubble Dogs, Flat Iron, Burger Lobster and Tramshed. No reason it couldn’t work for you.

So my answers…

  1. I’d go for the cotoletta cause I’ve never had it, but it sounds delicious. There is a decent pasta place on Deliveroo locally and I get great fresh pasta from that shop in East Dulwich.

  2. If I could take out more than I would eat in. Couple of times a month?

  3. For me unless I’m with a group of friends I’m more inclined to make my own pasta sauces using good quality dry pasta or fresh pasta from a Borough or East Dulwish. Pasta sauces are just to easy to make.

  4. More likely dinner.

Great idea. Good luck.


Hi @fabiodebe Sounds good to me, lets see if @ChrisBeach can make a snazy poll for you. He may be busy right now preparing for the SE23.Life evening tonight, I understand the electric in his neck of the woods is playing up, no doubt caused by excessive hair dryer use! :grin:


Good idea - maybe better if @fabiodebe does this, so he can tailor the options.

To create a poll, click the in the editor, click “Build Poll” and follow instructions.

Don’t forget to include an “other” and “none” option - or our resident pundit @RachaelDunlop will be very cross! :wink:


Ah, excellent thanks! By the way, is there an SE23.Life event tonight?


There certainly is - and I’ve obviously failed to promote it hard enough! :grimacing:


Poll added! And post is now huge :smiley:

Damn, I’m supposed to see some friends but I’d also love to join (and try fowl mouths). Hardest decision of the week by far!!


I love parmo but as a german I settle for kotlett too :smiley:


Hmmmm… a very courageous investment me thinks :slight_smile: the


I’m going to say Sushi :slight_smile:


Philistine that I am says an Honest Burger type place would work.


Japanese would be lovely! My granny used to make Argentinian equivalent of Cotoletta but that’s probably put me off! I can make fried breaded meat at home, and pasta. I can’t do Japanese!


I always think things like this should first be trialled in a pop up environment with an existing audience. Maybe a future All In One pop up?


There is a Meat Liquor on Lordship Lane now I think


Thanks all for replies and suggestions. Sushi would be a very strategic choice and hardly unpopular! Good one… should I opt for it then @clausy gets a lifetime special discount :slight_smile: And thanks @Cari_Hoskins for backing sushi (I’d give you a discount as well don’t worry!)

@Graham_Hill why do you say so? Curious to hear your point of view. In private if you prefer.

@Anotherjohn I’m completely fed up with all the burger places which cropped up everywhere in the last year or so to be honest (no pun intended). Although I toyed with the idea of making burgers from prime cuts of beef… don’t know if it makes sense (I haven’t even tried to make one for myself at home) but I reckon that would be my angle - burgers as a treat.


I agree, either a pop-up or a number of supperclub-style evenings.


cotoletta Is amazing, say in a restaurant in Spain having it now. I’d be there 2-3 times per week for sure :grinning:


Don’t forget Fabio you invited myself @Londondrz & @ChrisBeach to test out your amazing food, looking forward to it :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

And I know where you live if you change your mind :rofl::rofl::rofl:

Actually only kidding, but would love to try your cotoletta after chatting to you about it :yum::yum::yum:

@TheArchieParker @AllInnOne or @StDavid would be good to have a chat with about doing a pop up x

I’d be more than happy for you to host a night at my shop for free but I don’t have cooking facilities so you would have to prepare it off sight.


How about a Bangers & Mash place? lots of different sausages and posh mash and gravy options. Possible colab with the butchers next door? The Geese in Brighton is a bangers and mash pub and does so well. Simple good comfort food for all year round


Sounds like a great idea & we also have lots of sausage variations @FHFoodAssembly so would work well with @TheButcherySE23 variations too I think :slight_smile:

Good idea!