The Fable in the City.
Guest Feature by Lisa Hooper:
Once upon a time in a City far, far away, a bar/restaurant was created called The Fable. Well to be exact it’s as far away as Holborn Viaduct but the idea for this Drake & Morgan enterprise is to sweep you away into a land of fantasy and fairytales. Certainly after the first cocktail hit the spot, I felt I was heading to Never Never Land! Like the other D&M properties, The Fable is a large bar and restaurant with a quirky décor, this one inspired by fairytales such as Aesop’s fables. The bar area is on the first floor and then as you walk down two staircases, with walls decorated in pages from story books, you reach the restaurant area.
Last night I was invited to sample their new Autumn/Winter menu and collection of cocktails. To start we had a demonstration by their in-house mixologist of how to mix a flaming cocktail which was very aptly named London’s Burning! He combined so many different ingredients that I’m afraid I cannot remember them but the end result was set light to and served with a cinnamon stick as cocktail twizzler. It certainly had the wow factor, although it tasted rather too smokey for my palette. We then went downstairs to dinner. The new menu has a combination of old classics (such as Crayfish Cocktail, Farmhouse Chicken, Fish Pie) and some new dishes with a bit of a twist (like the Great British Bloody Mary Mussels). I opted for the mussels to start and the sauce certainly packed a punch with the tabasco coming through but this dish is a must for fans of spicy food. It came with a nice chunk of bread to help mop up all the lovely sauce. For more traditionalists, the crayfish cocktail was as good to eat with your eyes as it was on the tongue. For a main course, I kept up the spice theme and went for the Thai Red Curry. This is actually the vegetarian dish on the menu but for carnivores you can opt to have a portion of salmon, chicken or beef added. I went for the salmon and was expecting smallish pieces chopped into the dish but instead I was served a whole salmon fillet on top of the curry. The fillet had been pan fried to perfection and the skin was nice and crispy. The other dishes looked equally as good and the fish pie had a whole prawn peeking out of the potato topping! The portion sizes are extremely generous, so I only intended to have a couple of mouthfuls of dessert (all in the name of research) but the Baked Alaska I chose was so good I couldn’t stop myself finishing the lot. The addition of a warm cherry sauce compliments the dish very well. Some of my fellow diners tried the Wagon Wheel. Yes, this is a take on the retro biscuit, combining toasted meringue, raspberry sorbet and shortbread. To accompany each course, we were served a cocktail: Tales of the Unexpected (a combination of gin, elderflower and Savignon Blanc with the unexpected part being the Golden Syrup can it is served in), All That Glitters is Gold (and as you can see it really did) and Skinny Lovely Bubbly (which was lovely jubbly!) Every good fairytale comes with a princess and for this one the princess was me, or at least that’s how the charming staff made me feel. From Will Breteau, the Group’s Sales and Marketing Manager (although his business card describes him as Social Butterfly) to the waiter serving our table, you are made to feel like a very special guest, where nothing is too much trouble. I think with so much competition in the hospitality industry, service is every bit as important as the product you are being served. The Fable is open 7 days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner! It’s also available for private parties, including a session with the mixologist. 52 Holborn Viaduct LondonEC1A 2FD tel • 0845 468 0105 / firstname.lastname@example.org