|Entrance to the bar and restaurant|
So on Thursday night, myself a dining companion headed to the Exhibit a well known restaurant and bar complex in Balham. You can’t miss it when you pull up at the train platform - it’s like a big black box with sporadic white dot matrix style writing spelling out the bar name.
We had a really warm welcome and headed to the restaurant upstairs above the main bar. It’s fairly light and airy with modern art on the walls by various artists.
|Inside the downstairs bar|
This is what we ate:
Pan-fried padron peppers with cured Iberian ham on grilled bread with tomato, garlic and olive oil.
There was definitely too much garlic for my dining companion, so don’t say that you haven’t been warned, but overall it was very tasty.
|The London Reporter photographing the Iberian ham on grilled bread|
The waiter then brought out 4 mini chilli pork tacos served on a long plate. The pork was in a smokey sauce and as nice as they sounded, they just didn’t quite hit the spot. Part of me thinks pulled-pork would have been amazing and would work so much better here.
At this point we had been told that the chef had been on his travels so it was easy to see where the Mexican inspired flavours had come from, although not always the combinations!
|A snapshot of the evening|
The real star of the dinner was this: braised ox cheek nestling on a thick creamy gooey macaroni cheese dish. This was without doubt THE signature dish. The braised ox cheek was melt-in-the-mouth tender and the mac’ was just plain moreish. You’d come back for this one alone and not necessarily to share.
For pud, we shared the almond tart with clotted cream. Again, this was a real crowd pleaser and disappeared in moments.
What else did we do...
We enjoyed seeing the lovely bar area downstairs. It was dimly lit and featured a giant fish tank - apparently quite popular with Balham’s yummy mummies and their children by day.
We then had something quite special to finish. A killer Porn Star Martini cocktail using their own vanilla infused vodka - OH GAWD that will take some serious beating.
Address: 12 Balham Station Road, London SW12 9SG
Disclaimer: We were guests of The Exhibit. All thoughts are our own.