The Fable Review

The Fable is part of the Drake and Morgan collection and draws inspiration from Aesop’s fables. The theme isn’t abundantly clear to the untrained eye though but once you start noticing it the subtle touches show through. The most obvious place is in the stairwell which leads between the 3 floors, as the wallpaper is prints of story book pages. A booth in the bottom floor is partially sectioned off by a wall of books and little tags are discreetly hidden around the venue with famous lines from fairy tales written on them. Next to the mezzanine level, carriage wheels dangle and a there’s even a page of fairy tale cocktails on the menu. Ok, so it sounds like the place is drenched with obvious magical decorations but for the most part it felt like dining at typical nice London restaurant with no affiliation to anything enchanted.

The Fable is open from morning 'til the early hours serving anything from breakfasts, brunches and lunches to dinners and cocktails. During the day the ground floor even becomes the venue for a Quintessential florist.  The main dining in the evening takes place on the lower floor with the larger bar; the middle floor is reserved for private parties and over flow from the main dining area. The top floor hosts a smaller bar and has a wholly more nightclub feel to it during the evenings.

From the fairy tale cocktail menu I recommend the sweet tasting Love Potion which is served in a cute little bottle with a straw. The dishes seemed to be mainly served on wooden boards with each dish being more creatively served than simply on a plate, for example the Scampi and Fish with Chipped Potatoes (chips) were served in the fryer basket lined with fish’n’chip paper. The Malaysian Curry was creamy and the vegetable were well cooked, in fact there is no complaint about the food at all. The only drawback was the lack of organisation from the waiting staff as we ended up being served by about 4 people each of them coming up to ask the same questions about whether we had ordered or not but with a little tweaking that can be easily rectified for future guests.

If you are feeling indecisive about dessert you should try the Mini Pudding Shots which is trio that gives you a sampling of the White Chocolate Crème Brulee, Flourless Brownie and Knickerbocker Glory although the brownie was a tad overpowering. I suggest you get the White Chocolate and Raspberry Crème Brulee served in its original portion size because it is heavenly!

www.thefablebar.co.uk

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