On May 31, 2012 Fable Restaurant had it's grand opening and invited guests in to enjoy some food, wine, music and meet Chef Bird and the gang. Fable has taken over the old ReFuel location and has converted the space into a rustic, homey and comfortable space. The brick walls, slight touches of chicken wire and the branded wooden bar have just enough elements to make it feel farm-like, without being cheesy or kitsch.
The menu is comprised of well-rounded and thought out dishes that are executed wonderfully. The Chickpea Fritters with pickled red onion, shoots and curry mayo ($11) are fried to perfection with a crunchy exterior and a moist and flavorful inside. If you're a fan of oysters, you will enjoy their Sawmill Bay oysters ($2.25 each), topped with a vodka mignonette and citrus. It's fresh, light, crisp and the perfect palate cleanser between the fritters and your main course. Some feel ordering chicken at a restaurant is a waste of an order, but the Potato Crusted Chicken ($19) is unlike anything you could make at home. The smooth and velvety potato (with a crispy exterior) is wrapped around an incredibly juicy piece of chicken and served with a hearty ratatouille. Other items that may tickle your tummy are the Slow Cooked Arctic Char ($24), Duck Breast ($24) and the Flat Iron Steak ($22). Make sure you save room for Curtis Luk's desserts that will finish of a pretty sweet meal.
Fable has all the elements to make it a local joint for Kits residents, while maintaining a must-visit draw for those outside of Kitsilano and Vancouver. People will always come for excellent food, good service, reasonable prices and an inviting atmosphere, all of which Fable has.
Fable's Mushroom Flatbread getting a dusting of parmesan — Photo courtesy of Fable Restaurant (Facebook)