• Roxii Hoare-Smith

The Exhibit Balham Review

We sat on the balcony at The Exhibit Balham to make the most of the autumn sun.

But that lasted about 20 minutes then we decided to move inside as we realised that summer is well and truly over.

The Exhibit in Balham describes itself as an all day drinking and eating hub.

The Exhibit is a creative space where not only can you eat and drinks you can see art, comedy and cinema. Inside is a boutique cinema, karaoke, rooms to hire, a large garden and balcony area an it’s open from breakfast until 2am! I love the idea of visiting for the karaoke or cinema. You can grab a film, food and drink from £15 which is an absolute bargain. If I lived nearer I would be here regularly. If you are arriving to Balham by National Rail you will see The Exhibit from the platform. The building looks pretty funky and it was buzzing, you can’t miss it. As soon as we entered I was in love, it’s a very social place. I could picture myself spending many weekends here day drinking in the summer or winter sun. The vibe was brilliant and the staff were so so friendly!

I had a glance at the menu and the staff offered their suggestions, which weirdly enough they recommended the exact dishes and wine I had planned to order! As usual I went for a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Massy Dacta (£7) and Karl had a pint of Aspall cider. you can view the drinks menu here including their extensive cocktail list.

We arrived at 2pm just as brunch was ending and their tapas menu was beginning. We decided to go for two tapas dishes to share, we got the Braised ox cheek macaroni cheese (£7.50) and Jerk mutton and fried plantain (£6.25). The Jerk mutton and fried plantain was delicious and full of flavour and the spice wasn’t too overpowering. (I’ve had jerk before which I’ve been unable to finish so this was nice!) It was so good that we went for a second dish. The Mac & Cheese at The Exhibit is a must-have. The Braised ox made a nice difference to the dish and the portion was so filling too that I struggled to finish it.

For the main course Karl went for The Exhibit beef burger (£13.50) and I had the Turkey and courgette burger with mint yoghurt (£13). Look at the size of them! We were very impressed not just by the presentation but the taste was pretty good too. We devoured as much as we could but we were struggling, the portions are huge and so worth the price.

We were way too stuffed for dessert but after looking at the menu we were swayed so we decided to share the Chocolate mousse and chocolate chip cookie (£5). This was amazing but I would have preferred hot chocolate sauce with the cookie instead of mousse. But Karl disagreed with me on this one, so you’ll just have to go and see for yourself!

For the Rugby World Cup its covered ‘Cheer Garden’ is open for guests to celebrate the event.

There is a variety of party packages available or solo tickets for just £5; or reserve a table of six for £100 including 24 bottles of ice-cold beer.

You can view The Exhibit’s list of events here. I am tempted to return for the bottomless brunch or bubbles for just £20!! Thank you so much to The Exhibit for having us, we left happy and so full.

The Exhibit

12 Balham Station Road


SW12 9SG

Photography by Karl Cowell

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