The Exhibit, Balham, Bottomless Brunch – 3.5/5

I popped down to ‘The Exhibit’ with a few friends on Saturday after hearing good things and it didn’t disappoint. Located right next to Balham station, it’s super easy to get to for a start, as well as having a lovely terrace at the top of the building. The restaurant itself has a contemporary, almost industrial decor, which feels very cool and modern.

I’ll start with the food as this was definitely the biggest plus point, I went half and half with a friend and got the bacon and croissant french toast with maple syrup, as well as a beef burger in a brioche bun with a gherkin and melted cheese. The french toast croissant was brilliant, a great idea and the buttery cinnamon croissant, bacon and sweet maple syrup work absolutely wonderfully together. It’s sweet, rich, salty from the bacon and has a perfect level of cinnamon kick to add a cherry atop each mouthful.

The burger too was great, served well done as standard which I don’t much like (Prefer medium rare) but that’s just a question of taste. It was a nicely seasoned burger, nice and moist, a generous amount of melted cheese and a cracking brioche bun to go with it. The sweet potato fries were perfect too, definitely get some if you go as they’re up there with the best I’ve had.

Whereas most bottomless brunches give you two hours of drinks, this was only 90 minutes. As such, you’d hope the table service to be very quick, this didn’t turn out to be the case. Service was pretty slow, which gets frustrating when you want to get on with enjoying the food and drink but feel you’re constantly trying to flag a waiter down to top up the bubbles. Plus it wasn’t cheap at £35+ including a 10% tip.

If it had just been the food, I’d have given ‘The Exhibit’ a 4.5/5, but overall I’ve gone for 3.5/5, definitely worth the trip and a small improvement on the speed of service would make a really big difference.



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