Monday, April 21, 2014

Lemony Sundae at Fable Kitchen

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Last Friday I finally got myself down to Fable. I hadn't prioritized it much before, but since MealShare.ca added them to their roster of contributing charities, I bumped it up my list as part of organizing outings to all Lower Mainland MealShare.ca restaurant partners.

Fable a rather smallish and tight-feeling place, and because they don't have that many seats and therefore probably can't absorb a bunch of people no-showing on them, Fable has rather severe reservation restrictions on larger parties (6+). Before you book your big all-girls-get-together or whatever, you'd best call first and inquire about the limited-choice menu for larger tables as well as the refund policy on reservation deposits.

Because it is a smaller restaurant, go for their second dinner seating at 8:30 PM if you can handle it -- That way, you won't get kicked out for eating slowly or lingering to chat with your friends because there's no third seating waiting behind you.

Food is good but prices are frightful for the portion -- like $29 for this lump of halibut my friend ordered. You have been warned. Menu changes according to what is available, but likely the lemon meringue parfait will always be there.

Chickpea Fritters ($9) pickled red onion, shoots, curry mayo
  • Five smaller-than-ping-pong-ball sized chickpea balls.
  • I think everyone at the table liked it more than me. I personally found the mayo a bit too sharp. It was otherwise a decently done deep fried chickpea appy.
  • $9 for 5 = about $2 each after tax. Ouch.
Ricotta Gnudi ($19, +$4 for pulled pork) BC vine tomatoes, basil pesto, yellowfoot chantrelles
  • Honestly, tasty enough but nothing wow here. One of the few veggie options on the smallish menu.
  • Also had very chewy lumps of what looked like croutons soaked in cheese (Huh? -- Yeah, I know. Weird, right?)
Mascarpone Cheesecake ($9) apple textures, chai caramel, almond brittle
  • The plating makes it look like there is more than there actually is. There's stuff on the plate, but the actual amount of cheesecake is embarrassing.
  • Tasty, but small cheesecake portion.
  • Light, soft, cheesecake. Won't leave you with a heavy fatty feeling afterwards.
Lemon Meringue Parfait ($12) streusel, tarragon ice cream
  • Very nice flavour touch with the toasted meringue on top. Remember to dig deep to get at all the goodies.
  • Doesn't look like much but strangely the combination is very good. Instead of a solid mass of ice cream with whipped cream on top, this is an interesting variant on a sundae.
  • Kind of a skinny sundae glass. It only looks big because of the meringue on top.
How they source their ingredients probably has something to do with the price. If you don't care about that, then Fable may not be a great place to go if you are going to have regrets about the bill later.
I ordered all four items above (yeah, we had two desserts -- we even had the parfait before our appy and mains) and it came to 51.45 after tax, before tip.

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