It was a cold, rainy Friday night. In Vancouver, this basically means good effing luck finding a decent restaurant for dinner without having to wait an hour. And if you’re looking for better-than-decent, you’ll probably want to make that a two-hour wait.
Which is why we were absolutely floored when we discovered that Fable Diner had room for two—with no wait. This was after we were
running driving around Kits like two crazies looking for our dinner.
So yeah, of course we had to celebrate with a drink. Well Mell did, because Grace had been positively abusing her liver over the past few weeks.
Mell got something with gin and blueberry in it although she could have taken the gin straight. 😅
Because we love our veggies, we got a side of green beans with crispy shallots.
The Asian influence was interesting, but odd because in Chinese cuisine, sesame seeds are almost never sprinkled over green beans like this. Well, at least not in Grace’s experience. Maybe this was some new-age fusion shit, but it still tasted pretty good.
BUT you know we have to get our share of guilty pleasures in, so… meet the ketchupless cottage pie. Taking a bite, it’s like the creamed corn, ground beef, and topping become one in your mouth and you just have to gaze off into the far off distance.
G: [immediately after putting it in her mouth] Okay you can taste the butter. Not that I’m complaining or anything.
M: JESUS that’s rich. I really like the topping… is that bread? pastry? I don’t even know
After witnessing Grace’s reaction to seeing gnocchi on the menu, we couldn’t not get their tomato parmesan gnocchi. Satisfying like always, these pillows of joy weren’t as soft as the ones we ate at Nightingale but delicious and fried (in more butter, probably) so you didn’t see us complaining. The tomato sauce tastes like a can of tomato soup from Campbell’s which somehow played on Mell’s naustalgia. Pile some arugula in for balance and you’ve got great comfort food.
We felt so lucky to stumble upon this place and twice as lucky to get a seat. The Lee Building that is Fable Diner has been a diner since 1949, so it’s actually the perfect place to keep with tradition. The interior is light and welcoming (contrasting Vancouver’s famous weather) with cool wood accents and mellow tones—bright and clean and fun to share a meal at. Next time, Mell’s trying one of their epic milkshakes.