FOOD REVIEW: Free Flowing Thursdays at The Exhibit, Balham

The Exhibit in Balham is something of an all-round creative hub. It has a jam-packed social calendar filled with everything from art events, fitness classes, quiz nights to film which means that you can plan your week around it. In fact, you can spend your entire week there if you so choose, but chances are you’re bound to get a little hungry and thirsty. Rather handily, this is where their all-day restaurant and bar come in just nicely (yep, it’s got those too) and their newly launched Free Flow Suppers.

Exclusively for Thursdays – the most sociable (and thirstiest, apparently) night of the week – from 6pm till midnight, The Exhibit’s first-floor restaurant will serve bottomless bubbles for an hour-and-a-half from when you order your food (a minimum of two tapas dishes per person) for a bargainous £20 a head. Who can possibly say no to that?

And with that, we got tucked in. The menu is a delicious array of tapas alongside a few main dishes and a little something sweet. We could have practically ordered every tapas dish going they all sounded that good, but went for the recommended four tapas each (and then one extra for good luck). Our final choices included the pan fried padron peppers, patatas bravas with aioli, breadcrumbed goat’s cheese with slow stewed cherry tomatoes, fish tacos with an extra helping of smoked salmon, tempura squid, macaroni cheese with truffled mushrooms, jamon croquetas and finally, the deep fried braised pork in a potato ball (because the waiter practically ordered us to have it). It would be impossible – and totally unfair – to pick a favourite when all were so outstandingly more-ish so we’ll just say all come highly recommended and you won’t go wrong with any. We greedily finished with a cracking rhubarb crumble complete with heart-warming ginger custard and a chocolate mousse we wished wouldn’t end.

Oh and yes, one more glass of bubbles for the road. Because if you’re going to free flowing Thursdays at The Exhibit you need to do it right after all.

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