The Exhibit

by isabelleldn


When you’re horrifically hungover after a night of too many vodka/sodas and dancing til your feet ache (despite being sensible and not wearing you’re highest sky high heels… god I’m getting old), there’s only thing to be had. A bottomless prosecco brunch, of course. Actually, I was too delicate on this particular occasion to partake, but usually I’d be the first on that bandwagon.

The Exhibit in Balham is a cinema, gallery, venue for hire and extremely cool bar all at once. They even have a giant fish tank. The restaurant space is largely monochrome with modern artistic aspects (plus aforementioned giant fish tank) with a square bar in the middle and effortlessly hipster staff – as in, they were hipsters before hipsters were a thing.

Located a stone’s throw from Balham Station, on Sundays they offer an exciting brunch menu or a Sunday roast (all served til 5pm), with unlimited prosecco or Bloody Marys for an additional £20. The brunch options are around £7-£8. You can also have mango, passionfruit, raspberry – pretty much any exotic fruit – bellini you want (although not bottomless).


Poached eggs with avocado on toast

Our waiter appeared to be equally as hungover as we were, but he was also charming and gorgeous and recommended extra bacon with every dish on the menu, so gold star to you, sir. Between the six of us we sampled most of the menu. For my more adventurous readers, I’d recommend the Chilaquiles which I can only describe as brunchy nachos.


Chilaquiles, spicy tomato salsa, avocado, sour cream, cheese and fried egg

If you’d like to maintain a facade of healthiness whilst washing down your prosecco, the sweetcorn fritters with poached eggs and tomato salad do the trick. I’m always looking for interesting alternatives to toast and these sweetcorn fritters were delicious.


Sweetcorn fritters, poached eggs and tomato salad

The smoked ham hock rosti with fried egg and parsley sauce also received glowing reviews from my friends, as did the failsafe classic – avo toast and poached eggs. I will definitely be returning here – especially to sample the Sunday roast and also to see how this place shapes up once the sun sets. Well worth the trek to SW on a Sunday when the usual train services were, of course, not running.


Smoked ham hock, rosti, fried egg and parsley sauce