The Exhibition Rooms continues to offer a winning combination bang in the heart of the Crystal Palace triangle. It’s a venue that can satisfy a number of criteria depending on when you go. For lunch, this leafy brasserie with lime green walls and light streaming in through sash windows is a relaxed choice for a smart yet unpretentious meal.
In the evening, with large glittering chandeliers and soft lighting, it takes on a cosy, intimate feel. The downstairs bar, all leather and velvet in reds and purples, has a DJ at the weekends and a decked beer garden. On our lunchtime visit, the food was as reliable as ever, with a menu offering smart brasserie dishes alongside gastro favourites. Tender duck with a rich jus and crisp rösti was skilfully prepared and well presented. No less effort was given to the ‘signature’ burger, a satisfying stack laden with quality beef and accompanied by a tangy onion chutney.
Sticky toffee pudding, complete with retro spun-sugar basket, was equally competent. Service was friendly and prompt, and the comprehensive drinks list runs from great cocktails to a global choice of wines, with plenty by the glass. It’s not the place for cutting-edge cuisine, but it’s a reliable choice for well prepared meals with classic flavour combinations.
|Venue name:||Exhibition Rooms||Contact:|
69-71 Westow Hill
|Opening hours:||Bar Open/snacks served 5.30-11pm Mon-Wed; 5.30pm-midnight Thur; 5.30pm-1am Fri, Sat. Restaurant Lunch served noon-4pm Fri, Sat. Dinner served 5.30-10pm Mon-Thur; 5-10.30pm Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-9pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Crystal Palace rail|
|Price:||Main courses £11-£23. Set lunch £8 1 course. Set meal (5.30-7pm Mon-Fri; 5-6.30pm Sat) £12 2 courses, £15 3 courses|
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Good service, but otherwise - more or less the same experience as Kerry. Mean portion sizes, badly presented, unexceptional food and vastly overpriced. I mean, seriously overpriced. Absolutely not worth it.
Great for a Sunday roast and a late night drink too. Always full of a nice mix families, grandparents and young couples.
Saturday evening. Ran out of most things from the menu. Smallest portions were served. We were offered some bread rolls which were warmed up and looked like they'd come from Iceland. When bill came they had charged £4.50 for the rolls and £19 service. We had them both removed. The service was so slow. Took 10 minutes just for waitress to come over. A further 10-15 mins for drinks. Extortionate prices for a tiny meal and that was not what we wanted. Need to stock up or stop packing restaurant out if they can't provide what's on the menu. Oh, if you want Dauphinois potatoes you can only order them on a Sunday. Our friends weren't impressed either.