Bethan Shuff || March 8th
When I usually write about The Exchange, it’s because I’ve just been to a cracking gig in the basement, but this time, I bring you the beauty that is their brand new menu. Featuring some old classics and some newbies, this jam packed menu will leave you drooling.
At the menu tasting event, we were supplied with burgers, chicken, fish, curry, loaded chips – the lot.
If you like mozzarella sticks then you are going to love The Exchanges Mac and Cheese Bites. Yes. Mac and Cheese bites. Whoever came up with that idea is a genius because they are utter creamy, cheesy goodness. You can order these alone as a ‘small plate’ or on top of your new and improved Veggie Exchange Burger.
From the Main Menu we had a Trio of Sliders and Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry. From the sliders I tasted the pulled brisket and smoked cheddar, and it was so succulent and the brisket just melted in your mouth. The curry was very light and not too spicy but still full of flavour, served with rice and naan bread.
Reach For The Fries is a section on the menu with a selection of loaded fries. A 12” plate of fries smothered in toppings of your choice. We sampled the Smokey Pig Mac Fries and the Red Hot Dutch. The Smokey Pig Mac Fries are seasoned fries topped with macaroni cheese and bacon, and while putting macaroni in or on everything you eat may sound strange, it works. Trust me. The Red Hot Dutch Fries are covered in fried onions with a ketchup, mayo and Dijon sauce for a bit of a kick.
Next we tackled the Sharing Boards called Sea, Farm and Field. The Sea platter includes garlic king prawns, Thai salmon fishcakes, mini cod goujons, parmesan and chilli whitebait, mushy peas and tartar sauce. Field is the veggie option with fried halloumi, falafel, mac and cheese bites, harissa hummus, olives and garlic mayo. And finally, Farm is the meaty option with southern fried chicken strips, BBQ chicken wings, Spanish chorizo, BBQ beans, katsu mayo and bacon bombs. But, what is a bacon bomb? I hear you ask. Pork and beef meatballs wrapped in smoked bacon, battered and fried. Also known as fried meat heaven.
Lastly we tested out one of this month’s Special Burgers: The Texas Melt. Two prime beef patties with Swiss cheese, mozzarella, Gouda, peppered brisket, bacon jam and American mustard all crammed into a sesame seed bun and served with fries. This is the ultimate man-wich. Built with love and flavour, you will not be going home hungry if you can tackle this beasty burger.
The new menu was launched today and is available to try now from The Exchange.