Congratulations to Masala Wala Cafe, winner of the Brockley Central Newcomer of the Year Award in the most competitive field since the award's inception in 2009.We ❤️ Brockley @masalawalacafe #brockley #se4 #goodsignsgoodvibes #pakistanihomefood pic.twitter.com/PJcknOysdM— hibhop (@Hibhop2) December 11, 2015
With 15 new high street businesses in this year's competition, the Pakistani restaurant collected 31% of the vote, putting it in first place, ahead of Ladywell butcher Heckstall & Smith and Crofton Park deli Jones of Brockley, each earning 19% of the vote.
Masala Wala is a worthy winner - charming, cool and delicious. They have made a virtue of limited space, to create an intimate environment, which always feels festive.
The victory is the second consecutive victory for Brockley Cross businesses, after The Brockley Deli collected the award in 2014 - a feat that would have seemed impossible only a few years ago.
Masala Wala's Saima writes:
Thanks to all for voting for us, really means everything and keeps us pushing to provide a service in the area. 11 months ago we were handed the keys to a disused dry cleaners on Brockley Cross, about to embark on our first family business and here we are!
The pantheon of legends now includes:
Best Newcomer 2015 - Masala Wala Cafe
Best Newcomer 2014 - The Brockley Deli
Best Newcomer 2013 - The Malaysian Deli
Best Newcomer 2012 - Gently Elephant
Best Newcomer 2011 - Brockley Market
Best Newcomer 2010 - El's Kitchen
Best Newcomer 2009 - The Orchard